Illness isn't good for business

Wellbeing is a business necessity: manage absence with a preventative, proactive approach to employee wellbeing.

Reasons for absence

According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Absence Management Survey 2016, in partnership with Simplyhealth, the most common causes for short-term absence are:

  • Minor illness
  • Stress
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Family or carer responsibilities
  • Mental ill health

Many of these are also the causes of long-term absence, as well as acute medical conditions and back pain.


When surveyed, 42% of organisations said they wanted to increase their focus on employee wellbeing to lower absence figures.

If your people perform well, so does your business

Unhealthy employees can be less productive, even if they are at work.


Helping employees prevent illness and absence means your people can perform well, every day.

How can health and dental plans help reduce employee absence?

Getting an organisation’s wellbeing strategy right can lead to a more resilient workforce.

Saving money, boosting productivity

Corporate health plans allow your employees to claim back the costs of everyday healthcare, including regular appointments and treatments. For example, health plans cover treatment from these health providers:

  • Opticians
  • Chiropractors
  • Chiropodists
  • Dentists
  • Acupuncturists
  • Homeopaths

Empowering employees to take ownership of their health

By repaying the costs of employees’ medical check-ups, appointments, and associated treatments, employees are more likely to take better care of themselves amidst increasing work and life pressures.


A health plan enables people to receive the treatments they need. It makes it easy for people to maintain their health and wellbeing.

How health plans help with common causes for absence

Musculoskeletal conditions are among the most common causes of sickness absence. Our health plan, Optimise, includes cover for these areas, without the need for a GP referral:


physiotherapy cover


osteopathy cover


Podiatry cover

Some added benefits

Employees also have remote access to a GP 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This can help to prevent absence, including time off for GP appointments.


Stress and mental health issues are other very common causes of short and long-term absence. Our health plan includes access to counselling services, which can encourage employees to seek professional advice at the early stages of a mental health problem.


These services not only help employees deal with the symptoms of stress and depression, but they can also help with the common causes, such as debt and financial worries, relationship issues, concerns over eldercare and/or childcare, conflicts and challenges at work, and legal-related matters such as house buying/selling or renting, consumer rights and motoring issues.

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