Corporate wellness is absolutely essential when it comes to a business being able to sustain itself in the long term. However, what exactly does this type of wellness entail? In essence, it means the overall health and wellbeing of every single employee that works for a company. If employees are not in good health, then the business will definitely be affected. Of course, inevitably illnesses will occur, and the larger the business is, the more of an issue addressing it will be. However, there are steps business owners can take to mitigate this. This can be done through focusing on and implementing specific preventive measures when it comes to health and wellbeing in the workplace.
Introducing sickness absence management to the day-to-day routine of your businesses activities can help reduce the number of days lost through employees phoning in ill every month. Don’t feel that this applies to you? Think again. The latest CIPD Absence Management survey has shown us that every employee takes 7.7 days off sick each year on average. These are alarming statistics which should not be overlooked. What is even more shocking is the fact that the survey respondents reported a two-fifth increase in people suffering from mental health issues such as depression and anxiety within the last 12 months. This says a lot for the environments in which they are working and clearly shows that in many workplaces, health and well-being issues are not properly being addressed. However, putting in place an absence management program can take steps towards identifying issues and recommending positive change. All you have to do is find a cost effective program, managed by individuals who will communicate excellently not only with your management team, but also your employees. In this way, you will get the best results from the corporate wellness program. This process may sound complicated, but it is not. In fact, all you need to do is find the right healthcare company, and they will provide you with a quick and easy set up.
Depending on which company you choose, the content of the sickness absence management program will vary. What services are provided should also be very much based on what your company needs. Three extremely useful aspects to look out for include an early triage service, where ill or injured staff have instant access to advice and treatment if required; a functional assessment, which can evaluate an individual’s suitability for particular requirements of a role such as heavy lifting; and managing a return to work for staff who have been on long term sick leave. They may not all be needed for your particular organisation, but a good healthcare company will assess your corporate wellness requirements and make recommendations on that basis. If your company has a particular issue around long term absences through illness, for instance, a good quality return to work program can be invaluable. The company providing absence management services will work with employees who are off sick, aiming to facilitate a successful and timely return to work. That employee may benefit from a fresh assessment by a nurse, occupational health therapist, counsellor, physiotherapist or a physician, for instance. This may suggest certain therapies or treatments that may be beneficial to them. With the healthcare company as an independent party facilitating communication between the member of staff and the office, much of the stress can be taken out of the situation too.
Perhaps even more important, however, is trying to avoid injuries and illnesses occurring in the first place. Prevention, as they say, is better than cure. The best type of injury prevention and management is not an off the shelf solution. Instead, it’s important that the measures provided are bespoke to your business – that your business processes are fully analysed and understood to identify where potential risks are; and that each risk is then addressed in the right way thereafter. For instance, manual handling training should be provided as a matter of course in particular environments. This can not only avoid injury in the short term, but can also help prevent the longer term effects of musculoskeletal disorders, their treatment and all the attendant time off work these illnesses could require. The overall aims of any such injury prevention program should be to increase productivity and maximise staff attendance. The ideal healthcare specialist will spend time talking to management and staff, as well as observing working practices on site, to provide you with an review of the current situation and recommendation as to what steps could be taken to improve that for the future.
If not carried out by professionals, implementing injury prevention and management methods can be a complete waste of time and money, not to mention potentially alienating staff. As noted above, fostering inclusion of both managers and employees ensures a holistic view of the situation is taken. The assessments, on and off site, should be carried out by dedicated individuals with the right level of qualification and experience to identify all important issues. All working practices should be fully evaluated and where necessary, clear and helpful guidelines should be drawn up and sufficient training given. Systems should be put in place where staff have – and know they have – support if and when something goes wrong. They should also know how and when to access that. Take the above-mentioned triage option, for instance. This would provide early support, perhaps even at the end of a telephone, and immediate assistance to current sufferers of a musculoskeletal condition. Immediate referrals could take place to experienced physiotherapists, who could then refer them onto a healthcare professional if required. After treatment, all data should be collated and analysed to see if further changes would be helpful. This is the kind of service that ctchealthcare Limited provides: excellent injury prevention training programs aimed at improving the health and well-being of your staff.
Corporate wellness success is determined by the end result. In this case, a significantly reduced number of days lost as a result of illness and injury across the business; alongside an overall reduction in the number of days being taken by each individual in sick leave. This is what we at ctchealthcare Limited aim to achieve when working with our clients. Therefore, if you are concerned about the sick record of your company and want to find out how you can improve attendance, productivity and your profit margin, speak to us. With over two decades of experience, we have what you need. Get a free assessment of your business by heading to our website, http://www.ctchealthcare.co.uk/ and using the online contact form, or call us today on 01270 361363.