EXCLUSIVE: 77% use EAPs to assist employees with long-term health issues

long-term health problems

EXCLUSIVE: Employee assistance programmes (EAPs) and flexible working practices rank highest among employers’ methods of helping staff with long-term health problems, with 77% and 71% respectively, according to research by Employee Benefits and Health Shield.

The Employee Benefits/Health Shield healthcare research 2018, which was published in August and surveyed 162 respondents, asked this question for the first time this year. It was introduced due to the fact that the working population is becoming more age diverse, and with this comes an added likelihood that employees will be working while suffering from serious health conditions.

It is becoming more important for employers to consider their methods of catering for and getting the best out of these employees, to ensure that their workforce, albeit ageing, is productive and engaged.

Further demonstrating their prominence, there is a considerable gap between EAPs and and the next most popular methods, which are group income protection (43%) and medical insurance (41%).

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