This is a particularly exciting time for health and wellbeing provision in the workplace. The multigenerational workforce, advances in technology, the ability to offer an ever-increasing roster of initiatives and the need to measure effectiveness are all coming together to give HR the tools it needs to create an effective health and wellbeing package for all employees.
In this month’s webinar from The HR World, Health and Wellbeing – Making it Personal, panelists Mike Hesch, Head of UK Employee Benefits at webinar sponsor Engage Health Group and Gemma Lee, Chief People Officer for Konica Minolta gave their view on the current and future creation and delivery of health and wellbeing schemes. The overall message was that organisations now have the opportunity to offer their workforces a wide range of benefits and support that reflects their age, preferences and life challenges.
Health and wellbeing initiatives not only extend across a vast range of subjects, but today the support can come in the form of education rather than a more experienced benefit. As Gemma Lee noted, even an education session about the menopause can deepen understanding ultimately resulting in better performance from employees.
One over-riding learning point which emerged from the session was to ensure employees understand precisely what they have access to in terms of health and wellbeing. Mike Hesch said Hesch made the point that sometimes HR itself isn’t aware of all the benefits and advantages that come with some of the larger all-employee packages – access to a virtual GP bundled with life assurance, for example. Likewise communication of benefits must also reflect the working patterns and communication preferences of the entire workforce, ensuring everyone knows what they are entitled to and therefore driving the best value and impact from each benefit offered.
The webinar is well worth a view – not least because employees can find it challenging to return to work from after the festivities of the turn of the year. If you want to make sure you’re up to date and competitive with the benefits you’re offering, and that you’re getting the most from this part of your reward package, watch the webinar through our on-demand service.
About Engage Health Group Ltd
Engage Health Group Ltd is an award-winning employee benefits consultancy and brokerage, offering expert impartial advice to SMEs and corporate customers. With over 30 years’ combined experience helping clients of all shapes and sizes, the Engage team are perfectly placed to address whatever requirements you may have.
Gemma Lee: Chief People Officer - Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Ltd
As a technology organisation, Konica Minolta’s innovations help businesses to shape the future, today, changing the way people conduct business and use technology to work smarter, faster, and better. Leading the People and Culture business area as Chief People Officer, Gemma’s focus is to ensure the people strategy is designed to enable growth and success for the future, whilst keeping the employee experience at the heart of everything the company sets out to achieve.
Gemma has an extensive interest in how the future world of work is rapidly changing and how people need to adapt to upskill and change to keep pace. With a passion to empower every individual within Konica Minolta to thrive, to be their best and deliver business success and sustainability, Gemma and her team are continually striving to drive the company forwards towards its aim of being the employer of choice.
Mike Hesch: Head of UK Employee Benefits - Engage Health Group
Mike has over 30 years experience in a number of different roles in the insurance and employee benefits space working for the majority of his career in employee benefits consulting, but also a good proportion working on the provider side.
In Mikes current role he manages the UK benefits team at Engage Health Group, for new and existing clients, covering consulting, broking and the service requirements. Mikes broad spectrum of experience covers everything from pensions, life and health policies and wellbeing, but also online benefits platforms and communication.
Simon Kent: Head of Content - The HR World
Simon Kent has been a freelance journalist in the field of HR and the workplace for over 20 years.
He cut his teeth travelling the country asking people what they did for a living for The Guardian and developing an interest in how work and employees are managed.
He has written extensively for the national press, business and professional publications dedicated to general and specific HR functions, taking in HR tech, pay and benefits, legal, training, recruitment and more.
He has edited HR and public sector magazines, digging out the best stories and liaising with senior level personnel and high-profile public sector leaders to bring great content to readers.
He has written books, blogs, white papers, features, profile, case studies and more. He has chaired round tables and brought high quality coverage online to a diverse platforms as electronic media has evolved.
He continues to be motivated to find the stories and subjects that matter most to readers and ensure they deliver value every time.