When you own a small business, your team is vital to your success. When you recruit a new team member, it can take up a lot of your time and resource to find the right person that not only brings valuable skills and expertise, but is also a good fit for your team and your business.
When one of your team has to take time off of work due to ill health, it can have a big impact on your business. In 2017, 131.2 million working days were lost due to ill health. Of these days, 34.5% were attributed to minor illnesses such as coughs and colds, 17.7% were due to musculoskeletal problems and 7.6% were due to stress, depression and anxiety (1).
One of the primary benefits of private health insurance is that it can help reduce the amount of time that you and your employees need to take off from work due to ill health.
Medical appointments can be inconvenient for your team to get to, particularly if they’re during the middle of the working day or are far away from the office or from home. With private health insurance, your team can be more in control of their appointments. Online GP services can give you access to a 20 minute GP appointment at a time and location that is most convenient for you. Should you need to see a specialist, you can skip the waiting lists and get an appointment with a specialist quickly.
When you own a small business, offering private health insurance to employees can be beneficial in both aiding staff retention and reducing the turnover of your team. Not only is it a highly attractive benefit for your people to have, but it also shows that you’re investing in their health and wellbeing which can be a great way to boost morale.
Offering health insurance can also help to attract high calibre new recruits. When your business means so much to you, it’s important that you’re able to hire the best candidates and offering private healthcare cover as an employee benefit can be a highly attractive incentive for potential recruits. According to one survey, 48% of employees rank private health insurance in their top three most valued benefits (2). This shows that salary isn’t the sole deciding factor for employees when comparing jobs, and being able to offer benefits such as private health insurance can be a big competitive advantage when it comes to retaining existing team members and hiring new recruits.
When employees feel that their work makes a difference to the organisation that they work for, and that they’re cared for and supported by their employer, they tend to be more inclined to work harder for their employer than if they felt insignificant to an organisation. According to a study by the University of Warwick, happy employees were 12% more productive (3). Investing in employees’ wellbeing can therefore help to boost productivity levels due to a healthier and happier team.
Not only can it help to boost staff morale, having private healthcare cover could also help to reduce both absenteeism and presenteeism. Presenteeism occurs when employees turn up for work despite being unwell or suffering from other medical conditions. According to a recent CIPD survey, 86% of respondents said they had observed presenteeism in their organisation over the last 12 months (4). This can be just as damaging to a business as absenteeism, as it can result in a big reduction in productivity for the employee in question.
With so much on your mind when you’re a small business owner, it’s easy to forget about the importance of your own health and wellbeing when you’re in charge of your business and your team. But, as the owner of the company, you play a pivotal role in not only the day to day running of the business, but also the future strategy and direction. Therefore, it can be particularly frustrating when you aren’t able to work due to ill health, especially when you’re placed on a waiting list to receive treatment and don’t know how long you’ll be away from work for.
Our small business healthcare cover provides a range of benefits to help you look after your team. They’ll feel supported and reassured that they can get help when they need it most. We know that every business is different, that’s why we offer a range of cover options so you can choose the ones that best fit your business and your people.
Our small business healthcare cover also comes with our 24/7 health information telephone line, Health at Hand. Health-related questions can keep us awake at night and distract us from our everyday activities so it’s reassuring to know that there is someone at the end of the phone to help answer these questions and concerns.
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