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Though most people are familiar with the term occupational health and safety, not many know just how central the concept is for overall business and organizational Quality. The concept encompasses any work-related factor that might affect the employee, the employee’s family and community, and performance both individually and as a team. This means that considerations as obvious as hazard for injury at the workplace and as subtle as the long-term effects of being overworked fall under this umbrella.
Smart organizations and enlightened managers take occupational wellness, health, and safety extremely seriously, the reason is simple enough to grasp once the implications are examined. A worker who is compromised by any kind of injury or illness costs the organization time, money, and quality of products and services, and if an illness or injury is work-related, the costs only rise with the addition of liability into the mix. In addition, fostering a happy work environment with employees that feel adequately taken care of and appreciated results in monumental increases in motivation and performance.
But where can a manager even begin to implement measures to improve occupational health? The answer lies in consulting with expert firms that specialize in occupational health and wellness, such as the excellent Optima Curaçao BV, from Curaçao.
Quality Under the Carib Sun
While Curaçao—a beautiful island country in the far south of the Caribbean sea—may not seem like a natural place to worry about health and wellness in the workplace, the truth is that the island has a very well-developed economy and high level of income. Curaçao is a constituent country of the Netherlands, and the Dutch-speaking population of 150,000 that live there are not content with simply enjoying the beautiful beaches, mountain roads, and architecture. There is work to be done. The economy is dynamic and diversified, with tourism, international trade, shipping services, oil refining and storage, and international financial services being the biggest sectors. © 2016 R. Mena / Javiz
The capital of Curaçao, Willemstad, which is known for its dutch colonial architecture painted in a myriad of eye-popping pastel colors, is the home of the vast majority of the island’s population and its business. First settled by dutch colonists in 1643, the island and the city became an ideal place for shipping and trade activities thanks to its ideal harbor conditions and excellent access to ports around the Caribbean and South America. Here, as that tradition is carried forward, is Optima Curaçao BV, helping its clients achieve a world-class level of Quality.
Founded in 2012, this young company’s staff of experienced occupational health specialists work to help companies and organizations set up comprehensive policies that drive Quality. It performs a wide suite of services that include ergonomic studies, labor dispute resolution, motivational workshops, the creation drug and alcohol policies, and helping workplaces identify potential problems and work to prevent them.
Optima Curaçao is named after the task of optimizing a workplace, and in the pursuit of this goal, the firm works wonders. Clients that adopt suggested policies can count on increased motivation, improved productivity, a decrease of illness and absenteeism, and the fostering of an open and communicative workplace.
For its work in spreading Quality Culture, its excellence as a consulting partner with varying organizations, and its support of nonprofit educational outreach, Optima Curaçao is being recognized with the 2016 BID Quality Award, an international honor reserved for the best deployers of Quality Technology and Quality Management in the world.
ABOUT BID AND THE INTERNATIONAL QUALITY SUMMIT AWARD:
BID is a private and independent organization founded in 1984, whose primary activity is business communication orientated towards quality, excellence and innovation in management. A leader in the broadcasting of Quality Culture, BID recognizes those companies and organizations which lead the most important activities in the business world, and is considered the founding organization in the broadcasting of the Culture of Quality, Excellence and Innovation in 179 countries. The trophy symbolizes a pledge to the principles of Quality Culture. The QC100 Total Quality Management Model, together with the Quality Mix program, media coverage of the convention and its impact on the community and business sector, create an unmatched platform for continuous improvement within the organization and awareness of the achievements of the company at an international level. Awards are given only to those who are committed to improving their Quality Culture based on the principles of the QC100 Total Quality Management Model. Candidates are proposed by the leaders of previously awarded companies who they consider worthy of the award. Especially meritorious candidates may also be nominated. The International BID Quality Award Selection Committee then chooses the winning companies who will receive the award in New York, Paris, Geneva, Frankfurt, Madrid and London.