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Gemelli Healthcare & Wellbeing Benefits

Up until a few years’ ago, if an employer provided any kind of workplace healthcare benefit for their staff, it was most likely to be private medical insurance – designed to support an employee in the event they became ill. More recently though, as employers increasingly recognise the benefits of a healthy, happy workforce, a growing number are introducing a broader range of solutions to support all aspects of their employees’ health, with wellbeing initiatives increasingly at the centre of healthcare strategies. Other factors are also helping to make workplace wellness a key priority for organisations, including a general focus on healthy living, later retirement, and awareness of mental health issues and the effects of stress.Research conducted in July 2017 among readers of www.employeebenefits.co.uk provides some interesting insights into the key trends and issues shaping employee health and wellbeing strategies within organisations,

84% of respondents believe their organisation has a duty of care to encourage employees to achieve a sensible work-life balance
47% have placed a greater focus on communicating healthcare benefits over the last 12 months
44% are likely to increase the number of healthcare benefits their organisation offers over the next 12 months
38% currently have an integrated wellness strategy that incorporates physical emotional mental and financial well being
42% currently have strategies in place to reduce sickness absence
67% have specific benefits and initiatives to support employee mental health

Top reasons for providing healthcare benefits

74% - to boost overall employee wellbeing and employee engagement
72% - to be seen as employer of choice
64% - a desire to support employees
50% to reduce sickness absence
45% - because their competitors’ offer them
44% - because staff want them

Top things healthcare benefits helped employers achieve

74% - being seen as a ‘caring’ employer
68% - improving the health & welfare of staff
57% - good employee engagement
53% - getting employees back to work as soon as possible

Gemelli Benefits to Support All Aspects of Employee Health & Wellbeing

At Gemelli, we offer a diverse range of health-related benefit schemes that enable employers to create bespoke benefit packages addressing all aspects of employee health and wellbeing. Ranging from employer-paid to salary sacrifice schemes, our solutions are flexible and simple to introduce into organisations of any size, delivering outcomes that include increased productivity and reduced absenteeism.

Gemelli Health Screening Scheme

Our health screening scheme gives employees access to comprehensive health screening at significantly reduced costs. As well as helping to identify pre-existing health problems or medical conditions early, the scheme provides employees with advice and recommendations on healthy living. Health screening gives employees complete peace of mind, and contributes to a healthier workplace, reducing short-term and long-term absenteeism due to sickness.

Gemelli Health Cash Plans

Health cash plans make healthcare more affordable for employees, providing cashback for a range of everyday healthcare costs, including dental, optical, chiropody, physiotherapy, alternative therapies and specialist consultations. Employers offering cash plans create a positive differential that can aid recruitment, motivation and retention – and help reduce levels of absenteeism due to sickness and stress. Gemelli can offer plans from as little as £1.35 per employee per week, with no medical or GP referral required.

Gemelli Employee Assistance Programmes

Gemelli’s Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) enables employees (and immediate family members), to access impartial advice and counselling on work and non-work related issues in strictest confidence. Employees can access professional support and advice on a wide range of emotional problems such as relationship worries, difficulties at work, bereavement, stress, anxiety and depression, and get practical, legal and financial advice on money matters, divorce, parenting, consumer rights, career options, training, and more – helping to prevent work related stress.

Gemelli Private Medical Insurance

Employee absenteeism can have a huge impact on a business, and a Private Medical Cover scheme can avoid lengthy sickness absences and high business costs caused by staff having to wait for treatment on the NHS.  Although private health cover can’t eradicate sickness absence, it can help get employees back to work more quickly, because they won’t have to join an NHS waiting list.

Gemelli Cycle to Work Scheme

Cycle to Work is a Government initiative designed to encourage anyone living close enough to their workplace or a station, to use a bike rather than their car. Gemelli’s self-financing Cycle to Work scheme is a great way for companies to demonstrate their commitment to improving both the environment, and the health of their workforce. The scheme enables employers to help staff enjoy all the health benefits that go with cycling for less, by allowing them to exchange part of their salary to cover the cost of a brand-new bike – without having to pay Tax or National Insurance on the value.

Gemelli Gym Membership Scheme

Regular exercise can do more than just improve physical fitness; it can help to boost the immune system, reduce stress levels, and contribute to better mental health. The next best thing to giving employees access to a workplace gym is to provide them with discounted gym membership through Gemelli’s Gym Membership scheme. Simple and easy for businesses of any size to implement, it’s one of our most popular benefits, enabling employers to give their staff access to discounts of up to 20% on membership at thousands of gyms and health clubs right across the UK.

Call us Today to Discuss a Healthcare & Wellbeing Package for Your Team

Gemelli can create an employee healthcare and wellbeing benefit package that’s tailored specifically to your business. To discuss your requirements and find out more about the solutions we can offer, get in touch with us today on 01280 851113, or email us.

Work Life Balance

Help employees get the right balance in 2016 and see the difference it could make to your business.

Life always feels better when we look after ourselves properly and everything’s in balance: our health and well-being improves, we handle stress better, and we’re more fulfilled at home and at work. Gemelli’s range of wellbeing employee benefit schemes are all designed to help staff keep themselves fit and healthy, and – in achieving a better work-life balance – help them make a greater contribution to the workplace. Our wellbeing benefit schemes mean that there’s something for everyone. And to show you just how easily you can help your staff look after themselves better in 2016, here is a selection of our most popular ones:

Discounted Health Club & Gym Membership

The relationship between exercise and the feel-good afterglow that results is well recognised. Moreover, regular exercise can also reduce the risk of certain health conditions such as heart disease and stroke. Quite simply, this scheme promotes health, fitness and well-being amongst employees. It’s a simple and flexible scheme that offers employees discounted Health Club and Gym Memberships. With no administration for the employer, it’s a voluntary benefit allowing staff to join a club at the lowest corporate rate, purchased directly by the employee. Nationwide selection from over 2,700 clubs (high street names and independents), many with Joining fees waived. Savings range from 10% - 30%. Discounts can apply to existing memberships and can be extended to immediate family.

Cycle To Work

Cycling is yet another way to stay fit and healthy, and, if staff live within cycling distance of their workplace, using a bike to commute there makes a lot of sense. Gemelli’s Cycle to Work Scheme could be just the incentive an employee needs to get in the saddle. The Cycle to Work scheme operates on a salary exchange basis allowing an employee to cover the cost of a bike and safety accessories up to a value of £1,000 – without having to pay tax or National Insurance on the value. Additionally, the scheme is self-financing and enables the employer to make savings on Employer National Insurance Contributions. Save up to 42% on the cost of a brand new bike and/or accessories and spread the cost over 12 or 18 months. Use bike supplier of your choice. Gemelli organises everything else...

Health Screening

Just as important as being fit and active is making sure that you’re proactively looking after your health and well-being – both at home and work. The Gemelli Health Screening Scheme is an effective way to improve this. Also operated via salary exchange, this self-financing scheme gives employees the opportunity to benefit from screenings at a significantly reduced cost, and employers the chance to make financial savings on Employer NI Contributions.As well as helping to identify pre-existing health problems and uncover medical conditions early, it also provides peace of mind and lifestyle recommendations on keeping fit and healthy and how to help prevent further ailments. The scheme offers a range of comprehensive health screenings at significantly reduced cost.Save between 32% and 47% through tax and National Insurance savings with the option to spread cost over 6 or 12 months. (Option for employer to subsidise cost.) Choice of clinic locations.

Health Cash Plans

Making sure that you look after yourself properly isn’t just about the big decisions in life – it also extends to everyday healthcare. As one of the UK’s fastest growing employee benefits, Health Cash Plans offer a simple and affordable way for employees to   healthcare . Designed to suit all types of businesses and budgets, this employer sponsored (or voluntary employee paid) savings plan enables staff to pay for their everyday healthcare and recoup up to 100% of their costs via prompt cashback payments. Covers a range of common healthcare areas (including dentistry, optical, chiropody, physiotherapy, specialist consultations, Alternative Therapies) starting from as little as £1.20 per week per employee. The cover can be extended to immediate family, dependents up to the age of 21 and in full-time education are covered free. Option to increase cover to include Private Medical Insurance Excess.

Scheme Benefits for Employers

Whilst each of these schemes can be introduced independently, they offer complementary benefits in promoting improved employee health and well-being. The benefits aren’t just reserved for the employees though...

  • Demonstrates company’s commitment towards employee well-being – increasing staff morale, engagement and loyalty
  • Leads to a healthier and more productive workforce – reducing sickness rates and the cost and impact of long and short term absenteeism
  • Enhances your employer reputation, and ongoing recruitment and retention – through high perceived value of benefits
  • Financial savings on Employer’s National Insurance Contributions (for Salary Exchange schemes)
  • No minimum numbers required

Contact Us Today

Are you ready to introduce your employees to a fitter and healthier 2016? Would you like to reduce absenteeism due to sickness and have a more engaged and productive workforce?

Call us now on 01280 851113 to discuss any of our healthcare schemes in more detail, or email us

Employee Health & Wellbeing

Look after employees...and your Business.

When writing a New Year Wish List for your business, the recruitment and retention of loyal, motivated and dependable employees is always a priority. Having the right calibre of staff not only ensures that your business is productive and successful, it also means it’s in safe hands. Now rewrite that wish list – although this time – for your everyday life. There’s likely to be a set of factors that would not only feature just as highly, but would also be shared by many of your employees: good health, strong relationships/support networks at home and work, a lack of financial worries and stress, and an enjoyable and rewarding career. And yet, for many employees, this is a time of year when life can be at its most demanding and challenging. So why not help them help themselves – and help your business benefit at the same time?

2 ways to keep employees healthy and happy

The Gemelli Employee Assistance Programme and Health Cash Plans are two employer-initiated schemes designed to help you look after one of your most valuable assets: the health and well-being of employees. Here’s how they could make a positive difference to your workforce and your business...

Employee Assistance Programme

The Gemelli Employee Assistance Programme offers strictly confidential, impartial advice and counselling via a 24-7 telephone support line. As a company-paid scheme provided free of charge to staff, it enables employees (and their immediate family) to access practical and emotional support on a range of both work and non-work related issues.

Potential topics include relationship worries, work or staff difficulties, mental health concerns (e.g. stress, anxiety, depression) and bereavement through to financial, legal and practical advice such as money matters, consumer rights, divorce, parenting plus careers and training.

As well as aiding ground-level employees, it can also supplement your HR function by highlighting prevalent trends or issues, areas of concern, and training needs, as well as providing support for managers and supervisors handling challenging or delicate situations (e.g. disciplinary or grievance scenarios, performance issues, or offering appropriate pastoral support).

Gemelli Health Cash Plans

Health Cash Plans offer a simple and affordable way for employees to benefit from healthcare cover. They enable employees to pay for their everyday healthcare and recoup up to 100% of their costs via prompt cashback payments. Designed to suit all types of businesses and budgets – and starting from as little as £1.20 per week per employee – this employer sponsored (or voluntary employee paid) savings plan can be used to cover a range of common healthcare areas including dentistry, optical, chiropody, physiotherapy, alternative therapies and specialist consultations.

The options are comprehensive, such that cover can be increased accordingly to include a partner, and other benefits such as Private Medical Insurance Excess. Dependents up to the age of 21 and in full-time education are covered free.

Scheme Benefits for Employers and Employees

Whilst each of these schemes can be introduced independently, they offer complementary benefits:

Benefits for Employers

  • Demonstrates company’s commitment towards employee well-being – increasing employee morale, engagement and loyalty
  • Reduces sickness rates and the cost and impact of long and short term absenteeism – by proactive and early monitoring/treatment of potential health problems
  • Enhances your employer reputation, and ongoing recruitment and *retention – through high perceived value of benefits
  • Integrates with occupational health strategies, supports your duty of care and contributes towards health and safety compliance

[* A recent survey by the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP) found that 74% of employees were more likely to stay loyal to a company that offered ‘great benefits’.]

Benefits for Employees

  • Supports improved general health, and both personal and work-related emotional well-being
  • Provides comprehensive options and support – 24/7 confidential telephone advice and counselling (with 1:1 face-to-face consultations also available)

In addition to the benefits above, both schemes are easy and straightforward to initiate, with low premiums and no minimum numbers required. With Christmas coming and New Year resolutions just around the corner, there’s no better time to put your employees at the forefront of your business success. Helping employees improve and maintain their health and well-being will serve to help your productivity. Quite simply, if you look after them – they’ll look after you.

Contact us today

If you have any questions, or would like to find out more about our Employee Assistance Programme and/or Health Cash Plans, call us now on 01280 851113. Alternatively, email us.

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