Reykjavik Energy Group has a Health and Safety Policy, which is annually examined and reviewed by its Board of Directors. One of the Group's objectives is to reduce employees' absence, due to accidents or illnesses, to 3.6% of total hours worked by the end of 2023. This target was already reached in the COVID-19 year of 2020 and stood at 3.1% at the end of 2021.
Employees' absences were notably down during 2020, and no doubt the reason can be traced to effects of the pandemic. To begin with, employees worked mainly from home, and it may be conferred that they did their work even though being sick, but would otherwise have been absent from their workplace. In addition, general disease preventions due to the pandemic meant that various infectious diseases, which would otherwise have resulted in absence, never took hold because of restrictions on gatherings.
These effects were also apparent in 2021 but increased absence due to long-term illnesses may partly be traced to increased stress and strain because of changed working conditions.
Employees are encouraged to take good care of their health, both mental and physical, especially during these unprecedented times, caused by the pandemic. Scheduled courses and lectures of varied topics were offered in order to promote healthy living. Every employee's journal allowed for reserved time and a reminder to regularly take a break and stand up from their work. They were also encouraged to take special care to make a clear division between work and personal life.