97% of UK employers surveyed by Edenred believe there is a
link between the performance of a company and employee well-being yet only 26%
believe employee wellbeing is a priority to their business. These findings suggest that whilst employers
value their employees contribution to the business performance they don’t think
ahead to how they can then keep these employees
Working can have a
positive impact on your health and wellbeing.
Healthy, well-motivated employees have a positive impact on a business. And
managing health, work and wellbeing is the responsibility of both the
employer and the employee.
However, the growing awareness of
work-life balance has also made us aware of the relationship between our mental
and physical wellbeing and the job we do.
Acas believes that the following five factors and indicators of a
Line managers are confident and
trained in people skills
Employees feel valued and
involved in the organisation
Managers use an appropriate
healthcare service to tackle absence and help people to get back to work
Managers promote an attendance culture by
conducting return to work discussions
Managers know how to manage common health
problems such as mental health and musculoskeletal disorders through a
healthcare plan or service.
Orchard Healthcare offers a health cash
plan that can help to get people back to work from common health problems such
as a bad back by offering 50% towards the cost of treatments such as physiotherapy,
osteopathy or chiropractor. Or if
specialist consultations are required these can also be claimed back, helping
to speed up diagnosis and recovery.
The free 24/7 helpline service can be used
to help with mental health concerns offering counselling support.
Consider the statistic from the Health and
Safety Executive 2006, “If you have been off work for six months you have an 80
per cent chance of being off for five years.” Therefore getting people back to
work faster has to be a priority, so how can businesses help their employees
return to work?
Providing a health cash plan whether
funded by the business or through employee deductions provides instant access
to a range of treatments. Often without
the need for a GP referral employees within the health cash plan can access
almost instant treatment and know that a 50% contribution towards the cost of
that treatment will be met by Orchard Healthcare cash plan helping to ease any
The Department for Work and Pensions in
2006 found that many people with common health problems should be encouraged to
remain in work or return to work as soon as possible as they found that work
Helps people recover more quickly
Minimises the harmful physical, mental and
social effects of long term sickness absence.
Keeping employees within work when they
have common health issues can be made easier with access to the medical
treatments that are covered by the Orchard Healthcare cash plan when supported
by their employers.
However, employees who suffer from illness
will often need the support of their employers to help them stay at work or
return to work quickly therefore employers should consider offering their
The support of occupational health advisers, an
occupational health screening is included within the health cash plan
A modified work routine – allowing for a
temporary change to duties or hours worked
Whilst employers can’t be expected to have
policies for dealing with every health problem. However, musculoskeletal
disorders (MSDs) and stress are one of the most common causes of long-term
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) – such as
back pain and arthritis – account for a third of all GP referrals and cause 9.5
million lost working days each year. The main reason for being proactive in
tackling MSDs is that you can do something about these disorders before they
Manage back pain by:
Assessing the risk of back pain with employees
Keeping in touch with employees who are off sick
Encouraging employees to stay active where at
Encouraging employees to seek out the treatment
covered by their health cash plan.
For more information on Orchard Healthcare
Cash Plan call us on 01905 729090.