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Keeping Your Staff Fit and Healthy
Having a fit and healthy workforce should be considered a strategic priority for every business advises Susan Reeves, director and head of healthcare and private medical insurance at Alan & Thomas Insurance Group.
"As we enter a new year, people's minds tend to focus on getting fit and healthy and there are ways that employers can encourage this and make sure those resolutions don't get forgotten about come Spring time or even earlier!"
Healthcare provision for employees is now being offered in a growing number of companies and not just in the large multi-nationals. As well as providing protection, most private medical insurance (PMI) policies also provide ancillary services, which enables companies to maximise their investment. Discounts for gym membership, fitness equipment and sports therapy for example are often included and would be a welcome incentive for staff to look after their wellbeing.
"It really is in the best interests of employers to communicate all of the benefits of their scheme as a fit and healthy workforce can result in greater staff engagement, reduced absenteeism and increased levels of productivity. Furthermore, a healthy workforce will then lead to reduced claims and consequently reduced healthcare premiums." advises Susan.
"Having PMI in place as part of the employee benefits package has also been found to help with staff retention and recruitment".
Alan & Thomas' specialist healthcare division advises businesses on the most appropriate private medical insurance scheme for them. As an independent, the Poole-based broker works closely with a number of the UK's largest insurers so can offer companies bespoke cover tailored to their specific needs. They also specialise in Health Cash Plans, which are low cost health plans for employees that pay cash sums towards the cost of a wide range of treatments.