There was a lot mentioned in all forms of media during 2018 around the need for a cultural change in the way we think and act to ensure our own health and wellbeing.
The most significant changes have been brought about by publicity campaigns to help reduce the stigma around mental health issues, as well as the introduction of a new age of fitness technology.
Employers too have started to play a part by incorporating health and wellbeing into the workplace to support the move for long term changes, as well as reap the benefits of a happier and healthier workforce.
We’ve written several blogs that talk about introducing fitness technology into your health and wellbeing schemes, but if you run before you can walk, you’ll fall flat on your face. So with that in mind here’s everything you need to know to kick start a health and wellbeing action plan.
A healthy living information service will compliment any health and wellbeing programme. It can host a range of information on key health topics such as being active, healthy eating, drinking sensibly, sleeping and reducing your fat intake.
This simple, straightforward and effective advice and information will help to keep your work force fit and healthy. There are no privacy issues and employees can access the information as and when they want to without the worry of others knowing.
Employers can run campaigns on specific topics to support the workforce at key times of the year such as post Christmas and pre holiday season for example. This will help improve productivity and demonstrate a duty of care towards your staff.
Health Cash Plan
A simple and affordable way to help cut the cost of everyday healthcare. Through a health cash plan, employees can claim money back on everyday healthcare such as dental check-ups and treatment, eyesight tests, new glasses, contact lenses, as well as therapy treatments such as physiotherapy and osteopathy.
There are usually two types of funding for a Health Cash Plan. Employers can fund this benefit from just a few pounds per month, there are options for standard ‘off the shelf’ corporate plans or more tailored plans to suit your workforce.
Alternatively you can take out an employee funded cash plan, where on a voluntary basis employees can opt in to small monthly payments. Employees can choose the level of cover they would like and even add family members too.
Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
A completely confidential service that provides support and help for employees facing issues in their home or work life. Advice is offered for a range of issues including emotional problems, legal information, bereavement and medical information as well as offering a series of telephone or face to face counselling sessions.
An EAP will help your employees to achieve a more harmonious work-life balance and they can speak in confidence to a third party. Whilst as an employer you’ll reduce the rate of absenteeism, encourage better stress management and improve productivity.
It’s a fact that poor oral health can lead to discomfort, pain and problems can be expensive to put right. In 2017 NHS dental charges are set to rise by 10%*, while private treatment fees are unregulated – potentially leading to large bills.
Providing a Dental Cover scheme helps your employees cut the cost of their regular dental care and maintain their oral health.
Many health and wellbeing programmes will include a variety – if not all – of these benefits as standard. There’s no escaping the constant reminders in the news about health and wellbeing issues across the country and employee wellbeing has never been so popular.
So while it’s still a hot topic, now is the perfect time to kick start your programme and join the trend!