Time for a more hands-on approach for the health and wellbeing of our employees

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We are all busy people, yet it’s worth stopping to think, could we do more to improve the health and wellbeing of our employees? More and more employers are realising how important it is to have a healthy, happy workforce not just in terms of productivity and profit, but because of the vital contribution each and every employee makes to the overall success of the business. If the workforce isn’t in good physical, mental and emotional shape, this will surely impact on their performance.

Currently, the government is pushing for employers to take a more hands-on approach, by encouraging proactive measures to help address sickness and ill-health in the workplace; the old adage ‘prevention is better than cure’ springs to mind here. It firmly believes that the best place for people to be is in work. So, managing health and wellbeing through occupational health, and helping employees back to work sooner is high on the agenda.

BUPA’s been specialising in health and care for nearly 60 years; that means we’re well-placed to help employers by taking a consultative approach to identify their individual health, care and protection needs.

By looking at the bigger picture, including the business itself and the workforce profile, we can tailor a solution to meet individual requirements. This could be a stand-alone company health cover scheme, or add in measures to address the root causes of recurring problems, such as health assessments and risk management programmes.

Of course, there are many ways to help improve health and wellbeing, and a wealth of information is available. That’s why it’s vital for employers to seek the right advice to establish the right solution – a key issue that prompted BUPA to support this guide in the first instance.

Steven Flanagan
BUPA sales director UK Membership and managing director BUPA Health Assurance

The views and opinions in this article are those of our sponsor, BUPA, and do not necessarily reflect those of www.employeebenefits.co.uk.

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