A survey by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) says that an average UK employee takes 6.4 days off through sickness. Although there is room for improvement, this absence rate is the lowest since the survey began in 1987.
Westfield Health recognises the importance of minimising absenteeism in the workplace and its range of corporate-paid health cash plans are designed to help employers tackle key issues including sickness absence. Many plans cover the costs of healthcare, up to set limits, for treatments such as physiotherapy, acupuncture, chiropractic and homeopathy as well as everyday healthcare bills such as dental check-ups, eye tests and glasses.
Some plans also offer access to a GP telephone consultation line, enabling employees to speak to a fully qualified GP at any time, day or night, and from anywhere in the world. A 24-hour counselling and advice line is also available on many of the plans. This allows people to speak with a counsellor, lawyer or medical adviser at any time, in complete confidence.