Hard at work in the fight against cancer

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When we think of the reasons for employee absenteeism, we often think of back pain, wrist strain or stress leave. Yet while musculoskeletal (MSK) and anxiety-related conditions account for a significant proportion of absences, we tend to forget the heavy toll that cancer takes on the workplace.

According to the New Zealand government, work-related diseases are responsible for an estimated 516 to 804 lives lost per year and as many as 20,000 new disease occurrences. Of these, work-related cancer plays a considerable role[i]. In addition, cancer carries a significant economic burden with far-reaching implications. One UK estimate puts yearly cancer costs at £5.5 billion in lost productivity due to the time off needed for both patients and their caregivers[ii]. Moreover, new findings[iii] reveal that nearly one third of employee long-term illness claims in the UK over a one-year period between August 2014 and July 2015 were due Read more

Unlocking the power of employee communication

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The right combination of employee benefits can help to recruit and retain staff, proactively manage the costs of running a scheme and help reduce absence rates. It can also position a company as a caring employer with a strong emphasis on employee wellbeing and make the workplace a more desirable, enjoyable environment to be in.

by Dave Marcus, Key Client Manager at Best Doctors UK While some staff benefits are more tangible, such as a gym or restaurant, others are less so. For example, an employee assistance programme (EAP) can help staff with financial, legal and health concerns and can be accessed via the phone or even through face-to-face counselling. An EAP is a fantastic benefit but if staff don’t know that it exists or how to access it out of working hours, how can it reach its full potential? It is often these less obvious benefits that actually provide the most value to both the Read more

Health in the workplace: prevention goes global

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Today marks the annual World Day for Safety and Health at Work. The International Labour Organisation has designated 2015 as the year for governments, employers and employees to “Join in building a culture of prevention on OSH [Occupational Safety and Health][i]”, with priority given to preventing injury and illness. Best Doctors looks at ways that employers are embracing best prevention practices.

While a large part of preventive workplace safety and health measures is dedicated to on-the-job safety, such as the correct operation and maintenance of machinery and ensuring a hygienic and toxin-free working environment, prevention also includes providing employees with reliable resources for support and advice when it comes to their health concerns. Such resources may take the form of on-site facilities or may be included as part of an employee benefits package. A global approach to health Preventive measures can also be strengthened through the corporate culture that a company transmits and shares with its employees. According to a recent article in Read more