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Employee Health Screening – How can your business benefit?
More than ever, employers are looking for new and innovative ways that they can distinguish their place of business from competitors and stand out as a desirable workplace in order to attract the best of the best new recruits. A reputation as an exemplary employer can have benefits in areas other than recruitment; consumers are often drawn to businesses that they feel offer their employees an ethical and rewarding place to work.
A recent article in Entrepreneur magazine detailed three main ways that an organisation can become a “best place to work:” creating a strong corporate culture, valuing performance reviews and investing in their employees. When it comes to investing in employees, this encompasses far more than providing room to grow professionally and arranging training opportunities – truly great work places invest in their employees holistic well being, including their health.
Many dynamic organisations are taking this sound advice to heart and electing to implement an employee health screening scheme in their office or work space. This entirely voluntary service comprised a series of tests and assessments provided by an external health provider – and it benefits both the employer and the employee in a number of ways.
These health screenings can help the clinician identify and assess potential health risks that could lead to future poor health – this can minimise illnesses and sick leave. In 2013, around 131 million working days were lost through absences due to sickness or injury (an average of 4.4 days per worker per year)! That is a huge loss to your business – and a huge inconvenience for the ailing party. If even a fraction of these illnesses and injuries can be prevented you will save money and your team members will be happier and healthier than ever.
While many entrepreneurs are reluctant, at least at first, to make what seems like a hefty initial investment in a health screening programme, employee health screening makes good financial sense. Dr. Karen McDonnel, the president elect of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), agrees, drawing a connection between the health and wellbeing of the work force and the ability for a business to complete projects both on time and under budget. At the IOSH annual conference in London this past June she stated that this attitude is beginning to gain traction, with “people at board level beginning to see the real value of creating healthier, safer, more sustainable workplaces.”
Helping your team protect their most precious asset – their health – shows them that you care about their well being, and it also makes sound financial sense no matter the size of your firm. Not only does this programme allow you to invest in employees’ futures, it also helps to create and maintain a positive corporate culture – yet another factor that Entrepreneur claims determines a truly great place to work.
Employee health screening is an excellent opportunity for any business owner – this is a rewarding perk that you can offer your work force whilst simultaneously improving your bottom line. Contact us today for more information about bespoke packages that we can create for your needs.