GC has implemented the Thai Labor Standard (TLS 8001-2010) and international human rights principles as guidelines to protect employees. The Welfare Committee has been set up to oversee issues regarding employees’ labor rights, welfare, and working condition. The Committee is also open to opinions and suggestions from employees. Additionally, GC strives to become a happy workplace and zero accident organization; thus, it has created a working environment, which is safer than the legal obligation, and has conducted ergonomics risk assessment on employees. Several projects have also been carried out with the aim to elevate employees’ physical and mental happiness as well as enhance their well-being while working with GC and event after their retirement.
In 2020, GC has launched several well-being projects that focused on uplifting health, mindfulness and wealth of its employees to create friendly working environment and happy working conditions. Examples of well-being projects include Fitness for Task Assessment project, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Well-being Day, and sport, recreational and financial planning activities.
GC is aware of caring for employees’ health and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, GC has organized projects that support employee healthcare and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic by focusing on ergonomics and stress management.
Work From Home (WFH)
GC has implemented the Work From Home (WFH) policy as a normal working style, newly launching a positive policy, in order to ensure work flexibility and adaptibility to the COVID-19 pandemic while adhering to the demands of new generation employees. GC has also developed the infrastructures so that employees who work from home will be able to deliver similar performance compared to working in the office, for example, GC has improved its information technology system by expanding the Direct Access and VPN systems to enable employees to optimally “Work From Home”.
The details of Healthy Working Environment Initiatives and Well-being Projects are given below.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
GC conducts Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to promote quality of life and EQ helps counseling employees with personal issues that may affect performance in areas such as anxiety, stress at work, conflict in the workplace and financial or legal anxiety by providing professional, confidential counseling on social and mental health issues. Participation is voluntary and typically self-referred.
GC’s EAP Service consists of three types; 1) Consulting by 24 hours telephone for promptly personal advise 2) Privately consulting such as stop smoking, crisis management, etc. 3) Booth activity, to create awareness of their own mental state.
Health Care Programs during COVID-19
Drive Thru COVID-19 (Real Time RT-PCR ) Project
GC has established pro-active healthcare measures for its employees and relevant stakeholders during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has given financial support for employees, contractors that are directly hired by GC, and employees in the manufacturing sector to undergo COVID-19 DRIVE-THRU test, which is fast and able to reduce infection risks. In the past year, 675 people have used the service.
GC establishes continued surveillance measures for seasonal influenza which spreads on an annual basis. However, it has imposed stricter surveillance measures in the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Thailand. A Drive Thru Influenza Vaccine Service has been provided for all of its employees, contractors directly hired by GC, and their families for free. The deliverable of service was well-received with 4,409 people coming in for injections.
Medical Treatment Assistance
The Medical Treatment Assistance initiative has been carried out in conjunction with the annual employee health check-up program. Through this project, GC works to ensure that employees receive appropriate medical care in an effort to reduce their health risks, financial burden and treatment time. The Medical Treatment Assistance project is carried out under the following steps
In 2020, four employees participated in the Medical Treatment Assistance project, which has helped to reduce the risk of fatality from acute disease, minimized treatment time, and saved up to 773,600 THB in medical expenses.
GC provides amenities to keep employees health at work and to promote work-life balance as follows
- We have policy to offer and support flexible working hours and to allow employees to work at home, so long as this can be done in a way that meets the needs of the business and there is continued compliance with other company policies.
- GC has a policy of working from home, which is incorporated in the Business Continuity Management Plan to avoid the business impacts from any circumstances when staff cannot work at the headquarter office.
- We provide 10 breast-feeding rooms in all company sites and support employees who are pregnant or recently have children.
- Female employees have the rights to leave for childbirth, not more than 98 days and to receive wages during the leave but not to exceed 70 days, which is beyond Thai’s Labour Laws. If a pregnant employee holds a first class medical certificate that shows the employee cannot work on the usual duty, the employee has the right to ask an employer to change a job on a temporary basis before or after birth.
- Male employees have the rights to parental leave for take care of their family for up to three working days per child and to receive wages on the day of leave.
GC policies are also extended to cover the well-being of our employees and their families as well. GC conducted Family Day Activity to give employees a chance to relax and spend quality time with their loved children. This activity demonstrates company values in a parent-child relationship. We also provide health assurance for employees and their families i.e. spouse and children including vaccinations for employees’ infant and dental fees for employees’ children. Apart from wellness, we also support tuition fees for employees’ children from kindergarten school to university (age not over 22 years old).