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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.

Gym Membership

Gemelli Gym Membership Scheme: The Next Best Thing to a Gym in the Workplace...
Taking regular exercise is central to a healthy, happy life, and the effects go much further than just improving physical fitness. As part of a consistent regime, exercise can have a positive impact on general wellbeing, helping to boost the immune system, reduce stress levels, and contribute to better mental health. By far the most convenient way for most of us to get a regular fitness fix is to join a gym. We all need a little motivational nudge when it comes to keeping fit, and a gym offers a fun, encouraging environment where we can work out with other people, join in with organised classes and get professional instruction tailored to our individual needs. In short, you’re far more likely to get the results you want by joining a gym than by going it alone.

Our Gym Membership scheme is one of our most popular benefits. Simple and easy for businesses of any size to implement, the scheme enables 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.

How the Scheme Works
It really couldn’t be easier, and there’s no administration for employers. The business pays a small monthly fee in order for staff to be able to access a dedicated website where they can search thousands of gyms and health clubs – including national brands such as Fitness First, LA Fitness and DW Sports. Once they’ve found their preferred gym, employees use a unique code to download a voucher which entitles them to membership at the best corporate discount available. Savings can be as much as 20% at some gyms; discounts apply even if the employee is already a member, and can also be taken up by family members. What’s more, in the unlikely event that an employee’s preferred gym is not currently participating in the scheme, we’ll contact the club and invite them to register as soon as possible.

Benefits to Employees

  • Stay fit & healthy for less
  • Save up to 20% on membership at thousands of gyms & health clubs
  • Choose from local authority & independent gyms to national chains
  • Discounts also apply to immediate family
  • 24 hour customer services helpline

Benefits to Employers

  • Promotes a healthier, happier workforce
  • Helps increase productivity & reduce sickness
  • A simple, flexible scheme with broad appeal that’s easy to introduce & requires no administration
  • Positions you as a caring employer who values their staff
  • Assists in the recruitment, retention & motivation of staff
  • Requires no minimum employee numbers to operate

Ready to Witness the Fitness?
Give your employees a benefit they’ll genuinely appreciate, and get a healthier, happier, more motivated workforce. Get in touch with us today on 01280 851113 to discuss this scheme in more detail with one of our experts, or email us.

My Staff Shop

Gemelli Retail Discounts Scheme
My Staff Shop Makes Money Go Further. With inflation hitting 2.3% in February, and even the Bank of England predicting it will reach 2.8% next year, many ordinary people are feeling squeezed as they see their real spending power reduced. Of course, one option is simply to cut back on spending or even do without some less essential items, but there is another solution which doesn’t require any such sacrifices and actually makes money go further. My Staff Shop is a retail discount scheme which makes it possible for employers to give their staff access to exclusive benefits and money-saving deals on a huge range of household and leisure expenditure, including high street and online shopping, holidays, dining, family days out, gym membership, cinema tickets, motoring, insurance, childcare, and loads more – all for just a small monthly fee per person.

One Website, a World of Savings
At the heart of this scheme is the My Staff Shop website, giving members information on a world of exclusive savings. The website – which can be branded to reflect the corporate identity of the participating business, is updated daily with all the latest deals, and is packed with ways to save, making it the first place for staff to visit ahead of any kind of purchase.

3 Ways My Staff Shop Helps Beat the Squeeze

Save on Shopping: 

  • My Staff Shop gives members no less than 5 ways to save on shopping.
  • Discount card: Saves members 7% on everything they spend in over 50 top high street retailers. Plus there are exclusive, member-only special offers uploaded to the My Staff Shop website every day.
  • Online Savings: On a range of lifestyle brands including APH, Thorntons, Virgin Media and Alton Towers Resort.
  • Reloadable Shopping Cards: From many of the UK’s leading brands and supermarkets including Pizza Express, Argos, Top Shop, B&Q, Marks & Spencer, Tesco, Morrison’s, Waitrose,  Sainsbury’s, PC World and ToysRus. Cards can be topped up at a discounted rate and used like cash to save money.
  • Cashback: Online rewards and money back offers at over 500 retailers. Each time a purchase is made, a percentage of the value is credited to the members personal web account for them to save or spend.
  • Telephone Shopping: Call suppliers direct or use a central number to access offers from suppliers including Haven, Alton Towers Resort, LEGOLAND and Warwick Castle.

Save on Gym Membership
As well as discounts on a wide range of health-related products and services including eye care and health screening, My Staff Shop members and their partners can get discounted membership at thousands of national and local gyms and fitness clubs across the UK. They simply login to the My Health & Fitness area on the website to locate their closest gym and download a voucher entitling them to the lowest corporate discount.

FREE Employee Assistance Programme
Life can be complicated, but with My Staff Shop, expert help is only ever a phone call away. Members and their immediate family have free, 24 /7 access to My Assistance Programme, a telephone service providing professional advice. Members receive  support from a qualified consultant or counsellor and a full clinical assessment where necessary, before being offered the most appropriate form of support, including counselling, information, guidance and resource referrals.

  • Emotional well-being, managing stress, anxiety, depression, disability & illness.
  • Work-life balance, bullying & harassment, workplace pressure, managing change, workplace relationships & careers.
  • Childcare, education, elder care, juggling work & family life, caring for others, domestic abuse & probate.
  • Consumer rights, health, wellness, debt & money management, relocation & immigration.
  • Pregnancy, new baby, adoption, marriage & cohabitation, separation & divorce, moving home, bereavement & retirement.

Benefits to Employers

  • Enhances employees’ pay at minimal cost.
  • Strengthens workforce engagement & loyalty.
  • Helps recruit, motivate & retain staff.
  • Employee Assistance Programme demonstrates you care about staff & their families & helps ensure a stress-free workforce.
  • Requires no minimum numbers & no administration.
  • Can be branded to your company.

Benefits to Employees

  • 7% savings at a wide range of retailers with discount card.
  • Exclusive member-only deals every day.
  • Big savings on eating out, days out, holidays, gym membership & more.
  • Online cash back.
  • Free access to Employee Assistance Programme for all the family.

Make My Staff Shop YOUR Staff Shop

Arrange a Demonstration Today. To arrange a demonstration of My Staff Shop, find out more about how this highly cost-effective employee benefit can be tailored to your business, and how it can help your staff make their money go further, call us now on 01280 851113, or email us.

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Voluntary Benefits for 2017

Cut the Cost Of Living In 2017 With Gemelli Voluntary Benefits

We’re living through a period of economic uncertainty, and with inflation predicted to rise in 2017, household budgets – and business budgets too – are set to come under more pressure than ever. But it’s not all one-way; Gemelli has a range of voluntary employee benefit schemes which businesses can offer to staff, giving them access to specially negotiated discounts on a diverse selection of products and services.Voluntary benefits help employees save money, and help businesses demonstrate how much they value their staff. In many cases there is no cost to the employer, and because there are no minimum numbers, voluntary benefits can be implemented by companies of any size. 

We’ve chosen four of our most popular schemes to highlight here:

Gym Membership

A healthy workforce is a happy workforce, and Gemelli’s Gym Membership scheme can help employees get fit for less in 2017. For a small annual fee, employers can give staff access to discounts of up to 30% on membership at thousands of gyms, from low cost clubs run by local authorities to national brands such as Fitness First, LA Fitness and DW Sports. Using a unique passcode, staff log in to a dedicated website where they can find their preferred gym, and download a voucher giving them the best corporate discount available. Discounts apply even to existing members and their families – and if an employee wants to join a local gym that’s not currently part of the scheme, we’ll endeavour to register the club as soon as possible.

Health Cash Plans

The cost of health cover puts it out of reach to many people, but Gemelli offers a range of simple, affordable plans to meet every day healthcare expenses, starting from just £1.20 a week for basic cover. Employees pay a monthly fee that suits their budget, and depending on the level of cover, they can claim back part or all of the cost of their treatment. No medical or GP referral is required, and plans cover consultation and basic fees for registered dentists, opticians, chiropractors and physiotherapists, as well as specialist consultations and hospital bills. Dependent children aged up to 21 and in full-time education are covered free.

Home Utilities

The cost of essentials like gas, electricity, broadband, home and mobile phone make up a significant part of total outgoings for all households. Gemelli has teamed up with The Utility Warehouse to bring savings on a wide range of utility services. Operated by Telecom Plus PLC, The Utility Warehouse is recommended by the consumer publication Which?, and already provides savings to more than 375,000 UK customers. The flexible scheme lets staff opt to take one or more services – the more they take, the more they save, they’ll also get a cashback card giving extra savings off their utilities bill by earning cashback on their everyday shopping.

Wills & Estate Planning

Gemelli works with members of the Society of Will Writers to give employees access to discounted, fixed-price advice on wills, power of attorney, funeral plans, trusts and probate from independent professionals. More than two thirds of UK adults put off making a will until it’s too late, often with disastrous consequences for those left behind, but through this scheme, employees can get a properly drafted will in place to protect dependents and provide peace of mind. There’s even the option to have appointments over Skype or telephone for optimum convenience.

Contact Us Now & Cut Costs In 2017

Start the New Year by cutting the cost of living in 2017. Call us now on 01280 851113, or email us to find out more about our range of voluntary employee benefits .

My Staff Shop

My Gemelli Staff Shop... Where Big Savings On Shopping Are Not Just For Christmas
With the countdown to Christmas already well underway, purses and wallets will soon start coming under increasing pressure.Everyone likes to make their hard-earned money go further whether they’re spending it online or in store, on everyday essentials or on indulgent luxuries, so imagine if there was a smarter way to shop; a way that meant not having to waste time trudging from store to store, or trawling the internet for the best deals.Imagine if it was possible to go to just one place to find everything – all at discounted prices; not just favourite high street brand names, but exclusive money-saving deals on holidays, dining, days out, gym membership, cinema tickets, cars, insurance, childcare, and loads more. And not just at Christmas either, but all year round.

There is – it’s called My Gemelli Staff Shop, and it allows employers to give their staff access to a world of discounts and exclusive benefits for a small monthly fee per person.

So Many Ways to Save
My Gemelli Staff Shop offers members so many ways to save it’s almost impossible to list them all, so here are just 5 highlights to give a flavour of the kind of savings employees can enjoy:

Saving on Shopping
A discount card saves members 7% on everything they spend in over 50 top high street retailers, and there are exclusive, member-only special offers uploaded to the My Gemelli Staff Shop website every day.

Savings on Holidays & Short Breaks
Discounts on package holidays, flights, hotels, car hire and other travel-related products and services.

Savings on Health & Fitness
Discounts on gym membership, eye care, health screening and many other deals to help you stay healthy and fit.

Savings on Dining Out & Days Out
Discounts on food and drink at thousands of restaurants, pubs and cafes, on entry to National Trust venues, theatre tickets and more.

FREE Employee Assistance Programme
With My Gemelli Staff Shop comes free, 24 /7 telephone assistance to help and advise on stress, legal issues and debt counselling. This Freephone service is available to immediate family too, and there’s no limit on how many times it can be used.

Benefits to Employers
Enhances employees’ pay at minimal cost.
Strengthens workforce engagement & loyalty.
Helps recruit, motivate & retain staff.
EAP element demonstrates you care about staff & their families & helps ensure a stress-free workforce.
Requires no minimum numbers & no administration.
Can be branded to your company.

Benefits to Employees
7% savings at a wide range of retailers with discount card.
Exclusive member-only deals every day.
Big savings on eating out, days out, holidays, gym membership & more.
Online cash back.
Free access to Employee Assistance Programme for all the family.

Help Your Staff Start Saving in Time for Christmas
Show your staff how much you appreciate them by helping them make their money go further all year round with My Gemelli Staff Shop. Call us now on 01280 851113, or email us to find out more about this highly cost-effective employee benefit and your staff could start saving on their shopping in time for Christmas.

Holiday Exchange

A better Work-Life balance with our Holiday Exchange Scheme...
Outside of work, we all lead very different lives. Our reasons for working and what we choose to do with our free time are as individual as we are. Our hobbies, responsibilities and commitments will vary widely, but for each of us, our general well-being, happiness – and our productivity in the workplace, are dependent on getting the balance right between work, and everything else that’s important to us. While we all aspire to this perfect work-life balance, achieving it is not always easy. Demands on our time can fluctuate for many reasons, with the result that the fixed annual leave allowance we receive as part of our package is not always sufficient. The Gemelli Holiday Exchange Scheme offers increased flexibility to employees and business owners, enabling employees to better manage their work-life challenges, improving workplace motivation – and helping both parties to save money.

How does our Holiday Exchange Scheme work?
The scheme gives employees the option to extend their contracted annual leave allowance by purchasing additional days holiday. How any extra days are used is up to the individual; they might choose to use them to spend quality time with their family, or put them towards a special event like taking an extended holiday, getting married or moving house. Operating on a salary exchange basis, employees can save up to 47% in Tax and National Insurance on the cost of buying unpaid leave, and spread the cost across 12 months, while their employer will save on their Tax and National Insurance Contributions.

Example Saving - The example below shows the savings for an employee taking an additional 5 days leave, repaying over 12 months:

Tax Band

Salary

Gross Cost of Additional Leave

Net Cost of Additional Leave

Tax and NI Savings

Monthly Deduction from Net Salary

Basic rate

£30K

£574.70

£390.84

£183.86

£32.57

Higher rate

£40K

£766.25

£444.48

£321.77

£37.04

 

Benefits to Employers
Attract and recruit the best staff.
Motivates staff, engender loyalty and improve retention.
Reduce absenteeism.
Reduce payroll costs and save up to 13.8% on Employer National Insurance contributions.

Benefits to Employees
Improve well-being and achieve a better work-life balance.
Enjoy greater freedom and flexibility.
Save up to 47% in tax and National Insurance contributions.
Spread the cost of extra days over 12 months.

The Gemelli Holiday Exchange Scheme can be implemented in businesses of any size, from those that have just a few employees, to those with thousands. We’ll take care of all administration, and get the scheme up and running so that all employers and employees have to do is start enjoying the benefits! We can structure the scheme in a way that best suits the business.

Find out more...
To find out more about the Gemelli Holiday Exchange Scheme, and how it can help promote a happier and more productive workforce, call us now on 01280 851113, or email us.

Cycle to Work

Fitter, greener and save money with Cycle to Work...

The daily commute to work is something most people have to face. It can be expensive – especially if you drive, and while it’s a necessity, it can feel like wasted time.  If you’re lucky enough not to live too far away from your workplace though, there is an alternative way of commuting that will save you money, reduce your carbon footprint and help you keep fit at the same time – cycling. Gemelli’s Cycle to Work scheme makes it easy for anyone to be able to afford a brand new bike and start cycling to work. If it’s something you’ve been thinking about but not got round to, either because you don’t have a bike, or you need to upgrade the one you have – this is the perfect solution for you. Operating on a salary exchange basis, the scheme allows employees to exchange part of their salary to cover the cost of a new bike and cycle safety accessories, up to a value of £1,000 – without having to pay Tax or National Insurance on the amount they choose to spend.

By using the Cycle to Work scheme, you can save up to 42% on the cost of a brand new bike and/or accessories. What’s more, you can spread your payments over 12 or 18 months.

Cycling has never been as popular as it is now. There are more cycle lanes and cycle paths than ever before, and if you’ve not been in the saddle for a few years, you’ll be pleasantly surprised how much bike technology has advanced. Why sit it out in traffic or put up with standing room only on the bus when you could be cruising to work on your bike?

The bike you like from wherever you want...
It couldn’t be simpler. Select the bike you want from the cycle retailer of your choice and leave the rest to Gemelli. We’ll take care of the paperwork, liaise with your supplier and organise delivery.

Benefits to Employees

  • Save up to 42% on a bike and accessories
  • Spread cost over 12 or 18 months
  • Use bike supplier of your choice
  • Cut the cost of travel to work by leaving your car at home
  • Improve personal health and fitness levels

Benefits to Employers

  • Save on Employer’s NI contributions
  • Improves environmental credentials
  • Supports the Green Travel Plan
  • Contributes to reducing absenteeism and increasing productivity
  • Scheme is self-financing

Contact us today and we’ll get you ready to ride...
If you’d like to make getting to work fun, keep fit and save money, contact us to find out more about the Gemelli Cycle to Work scheme. Call us now on 01280 851113, or email us.

My Gemelli Staff Shop

Welcome to a whole world of savings...

When it comes to shopping, we all take a different approach. You might be a leisurely browser or a careful planner; you might love the experience of the high street, or prefer buying online from the comfort of your own sofa – or as most of us do, you probably like to mix it up and do both. But there’s one thing we all share – we all love to save money. My Gemelli Staff Shop is an employee benefit that opens up a whole world of savings and exclusive benefits, providing great discounts from thousands of the UKs largest retailers.

For a small monthly fee per employee, employers can provide their staff with membership of My Gemelli Staff Shop to receive a range of great, money-saving benefits including:

Discount Card  - Offering a 7% discount at a wide range of high street stores including Argos, BHS, Boots, Debenhams, Halfords, House of Fraser, Iceland, M&S, Matalan, Mothercare, New Look, PC World, River Island, Superdrug, Toys ‘R’ Us, Wilko – to name just a few. Simply top up your card online, and however much you choose to load onto it, you will receive a load discount of 7%. So, for example load £100 onto your card to spend as you like and it will only cost you £93.

Exclusive Daily Offers - My Gemelli Staff Shop gives you access to exclusive member-only offers. They cover everything from technology to holidays and are uploaded daily onto the website.

Big Savings on Eating Out - Membership gives you great savings on thousands of restaurants, pubs and cafes across the UK – all conveniently accessible via the My Dining area of the My Gemelli Staff Shop website.

Benefits to Employers

  • Extends staff remuneration at minimal cost
  • Strengthens workforce engagement & loyalty
  • Helps recruit, motivate & retain staff
  • Includes EAP Scheme

Benefits to Employees

  • Discount card gives 7% savings with a wide range of retailers
  • Exclusive member-only deals every day
  • Big savings on eating out, days out & holidays
  • Discounted store gift cards
  • Online cash back
  • Local deals

Contact us and start saving...

My Gemelli Staff Shop is a highly cost-effective way to show your staff how you appreciate them. If you’d like to find out more about this popular employee benefit, call us now on 01280 851113, or email us.

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