The Health & Wellbeing Senate

2 April 2008

Organised by Employee Benefits Magazine




Employee health and wellbeing is a key business strategy as employers strive to increase productivity and drive down workplace absence. A well workforce is an energetic, engaged one. To match this, current thinking on workplace health and wellbeing is changing and is encompassing an ever a wider range of tools.
This one day senate will give you insight to what top employers of choice are doing, plus current market developments so you can be sure you are in touch with the newest thinking.


  • Attendance is FREE, but is only open to senior HR and benefits managers who are healthcare and/or benefits decision-makers within their own organisations.
  • Plenary Topics:
    o The role of employee engagement in promoting wellbeing, increasing productivity and driving down absence
    o Maximising your ROI on health and wellbeing initiatives: driving up performance
    o Legislative requirements and considerations when looking at absence management and building an effective policy.
  • Educational Workshops:
    o 4 Workshops run by leading flexible benefits advisers
    o 8-14 delegates in each workshop to maximise learning and discussion

More details:

Location: Hilton Olympia, London
Date: 2 April 2008

Cost: free; exclusive to senior HR and benefits managers from organisations with more than 500 staff


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Full programme

Senate registration and morning coffee

09.20 Welcome & Introduction by Debi O’Donovan, editorial director, Employee Benefits

09.30 The role of employee engagement in promoting wellbeing, increasing productivity and driving down absence.

  • The link between employee engagement, wellness and business success
  • The role of leaders and line managers in driving engagement and wellness in the workplace
  • Impact on absence, staff turnover, and productivity
  • Changing a culture from low energy high and/or high absence to a dynamic, productive organisation
  • Using line managers to implement absence policies and conduct early intervention
  • Applying data analysis to spot problems in teams and departments
  • Use of flexible working
    Case study speaker:
    Dr Olivia Carlton, head of occupational health, Transport for London. London Underground was winner of the Employee Benefits Award for Most Effective Healthcare Strategy 2007

10.10 Placing health and wellbeing initiatives within HR policy: Daring to be Successful

  • How to blend HR policy and practice with employee benefits, health and wellbeing and internal communications into a successful employee engagement strategy.
    Case study speaker:
    Peter Barnard, registrar of Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education

10.50 Morning coffee and networking

11.10 Workshops

11.55 Workshops

12.40 Lunch

13.50 Workshops

14.35 Workshops

15.10 Afternoon tea and networking

15.30 Legislative requirements and considerations when looking at absence management and building an effective policy

  • Integrated healthcare – maximising the use of insurance and rehabilitation providers.
  • Working with occupational health and other key providers to minimise absence in the long term.
  • Links with wellness – implementing a wellness strategy and preventative healthcare.
  • Communicating policies and benefits to ensure fariness for staff without incentivising absence.
    Case study speaker:
    Vicki Broadhurst, health matters manager – reward & recognition, PricewaterhouseCoopers

16.20 Concluding remarks


The drive to improve the health of the working population

  • Dame Carol Black’s report on workplace health came out on 17 March. This workshop will consider the extent to which employers and Government have made progress in the drive to improve the health of the working population, and look at what Dame Carol’s report means for employers.
    Led by experts from Bupa

Maximising healthcare benefits in flexible benefits schemes to promote and support health and wellbeing strategies

  • Many employers offer healthcare benefits (PMI, cash plans, dental, critical illness etc) via flexible benefits schemes. However, it is crucial that employers structure selection options under flex for so that health benefits are maximized to promote health and wellbeing and ultimately increase productivity and reduce absence. NOTE: This workshop will look at whether employers are linking their health and wellbeing strategies with their wider benefits strategy and how flexible benefits can play a role in this.
    Led by experts from CIGNA HealthCare

Using wellbeing policies to control the cost of your healthcare insurances

  • In this workshop the contention that increased use of wellbeing policies could drive down healthcare insurance costs will be discussed.
    Led by experts from thomsons online benefits

Using your absence management policies and tools effectively

  • This workshop will explore what works well, how to review your absence management strategy and how to make it more effective and get more effective data out of it.
    Led by experts from Unum

To find out more about presenting sponsored workshops at future Employee Benefits Senates please contact Charlotte Adams on 020 7943 8086.