Glasgow Prestwick Airport has used a Westfield Health cash plan to help manage absence and improve the health and wellbeing of its employees.
The airport has credited the Chamber Primary Health Plan with helping it to cut sickness absence from high levels to below industry standard. The airport initially piloted the plan with members of the airport security workforce, before it was extended to the fire department the following year and then to all employees.
Sonia Rafferty says: “We initially used the Chamber Plan to help us reduce absence levels and to provide a better understanding of health and wellbeing to our employees. The focus has now switched from using the plan as a solution to a preventative measure. It helps that our employees can seek quick access to treatment before problems become major conditions, which could lead to lengthy absences. If anyone reports any issues, we advise them that they have access to the Westfield plan and just need to get a doctor’s referral in order to see a physiotherapist or chiropractor. We also have an onsite physiotherapist who our employees can visit. This again is offered as a preventative measure to help our employees to maintain fitness. The simplicity of the plan is fantastic. It is a great low cost tool for us and the message to our employees is that we care about their health. Each day that someone is absent through sickness is a considerable cost to the company that is unforeseen expenditure, so at £1.10 per employee, per week, the Chamber Plan has effectively paid for itself.”