A recent piece in Health Insurance Daily outlines some proposed changes to Unum’s employee assistance program (EAP). However whilst these changes are designed to tackle wellbeing issues across the workforce and are a step in the right direction for many, they will inevitably fall short of the mark unless they benefit ALL employees.
Many organisations recognise the need to implement an Employee Assistance Programme. However, over the last five years we have seen a number of plans added to various insurance products like the one highlighted in Health Insurance Daily article. Whilst access to any plan is better than none, we feel that such embedded plans can be a fairly limited solution and in many cases usage rates can be low. As access to the full range of services may not be available to all employees there is the risk of an inconsistent message being portrayed to the work force. At Premier Choice, we have carefully selected a number of standalone plans to help manage staff welfare issues….these can cost as little as 20 pence per week per employee.
With 2015 just around the corner, it’s time for businesses to start thinking about how they can implement employee assistance programs that benefit ALL their members of staff. After all, employees are the lifeblood of every organisation and employers should be looking out for all of them; not just select groups.