Challenges for Employers
Many of the top UK based companies and employer organisations have
recognised the importance of playing a more proactive role in the Health
and Wellbeing of their workforce in order to improve productivity,
retain their skilled people and prepare them for a longer active working
Companies like M & S, Nike, Royal Mail, Europcar, Unipart, John
Lewis, Linklaters, Severn Trent, Accenture, BT, London Overground,
Lancaster University, and many more are involved in introducing Health and
Wellbeing policies which will prepare employees for the physical and
mental challenges of the future.
By investing in a range of initiatives
companies are developing closer partnerships with their workforces
covering a range of topics:-
- Health Education (Diet, Weight, Smoking, Drinking etc.)
- Absenteeism Reduction Programmes.
- Programmes to encourage Physical Activity
- Improved Workplace conditions (ergonomics)
- Health Screening and Occupational Health Initiatives.
- Prompt access to diagnosis, early intervention, and medical treatment.
- Getting employees back to work early after periods of absence through ill-health or medical treatment.
- Regular access to routine medical facilities (physiotherapists, opticians, dentists etc.)
Some initiatives work better than others but there is growing acceptance
that employee`s Health and Wellbeing cannot be left to chance and
intelligent investment through a cash plan in this area will generate meaningful returns
with long-term benefits.