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Supporting a healthy workforce

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Whether it’s for a minor cold or a more complex, long-term issue, every employee will need to take time off due to illness at some point during their working lives. But absenteeism carries a huge financial burden, with more than 175 million working days lost every year due to illness and incapacity, costing the British economy approximately £100 billion. So putting an effective absence management strategy in place is crucial, in order to keep a business in good health.


By encouraging employees to eat a healthy, balanced diet, companies can help to keep illnesses at bay, as well as more serious health complications such as heart disease and high blood pressure. Mental health issues such as stress and depression are one of the biggest causes of employee absence in the UK. So, providing staff with access to impartial, trained professionals who can listen to and discuss employees’ problems can have a big impact.


Westfield Health has a solution to support employees’ mental and physical wellbeing as corporate health cash plans provide employees with money back, up to set limits, towards the cost of everyday healthcare including dental treatment, eye care, physiotherapy and diagnostic consultations. Many also include access to MRI, CT and PET scanning facilities and a 24-hour freephone counselling and advice line, which provides confidential, professional counselling and advice on a whole range of legal, medical and domestic issues at any time of the day or night. Plus, employees can benefit from up to six face-to-face counselling sessions.

Health cash plans: News update: 22 January 2010