Great employee benefits that support physical wellbeing

Great employee benefits that support physical wellbeing

While Covid-19 continues to pose a threat to our health, the pandemic has also created other challenges for our physical wellbeing. Many people have let other health concerns fall by the wayside due to longer waiting times for GP appointments as well as worries around visiting surgeries or hospitals. On top of that, many of us have made less healthy choices. Thanks to remote working and restaurants now being open again, it’s easy to fall into unhealthy habits.

Of course, it’s all about balance, but if we don’t look after our physical wellbeing there can be a number of problems that go beyond the obvious health concerns. In the workplace, poor physical wellbeing can lead to high levels of absence amongst employees which will, inevitably, affect overall business performance. The physical wellbeing of employees can also impact their engagement. If an employee doesn’t feel their best physically, this can then have a knock-on effect on their mental wellbeing and headspace at work.

But it’s not all doom and gloom! The good news is that businesses can support their employees’ physical wellbeing and help them look after their health, even during the pandemic. There are a number of fantastic employee benefits out there that make it easier for people to lead healthy lives and prioritise their physical health and wellbeing. Here are some great examples.

24/7 GP Helpline

Long GP waiting times have notoriously been an issue in the UK for a while, meaning that people often put off making appointments or don’t make them at all. However, thanks to 24/7 GP Helplines, people can now get in touch with a medical professional quickly and easily, even from the comfort of their own homes. This is a fantastic employee benefit that gives individuals the opportunity to get advice, diagnosis and even prescriptions quickly and easily from home which is so valuable, especially at the moment.

Online fitness videos

While gyms are now back open, many people have adapted to exercising at home and might not even be in a position to spend money on a membership. Online fitness videos are a great way to encourage your employees to stay active. Free and available on any device, all your employees need to do is get their fitness gear on and press play to enjoy a good workout lead by a professional. This employee benefit makes doing exercise more accessible and convenient for people who might not necessarily have the time, money or desire to join a gym.

Discounted Gym Memberships

Whether someone is a seasoned gym-goer or joining for the first time, discounted gym memberships are a valuable employee benefit and have the potential to provide huge savings to your employees. With some gyms charging up to £70 a month or more for a membership, having access to a discount on that price can make a big difference to employees and give them that extra incentive to sign up.

Health cash plan

Health cash plans make healthcare more affordable. From dental and optical appointments, to unexpected illnesses and emergencies, with a health cash plan your employees can claim money back on the associated costs of everyday health care and more. With a number of different plans available, your employees can choose the level of cover that’s right for them, based on how much they’re willing to pay and what kind of treatments they want to cover. Once they’ve chosen their plan, they can then feel comfortable that they can get the healthcare they need without worrying about extra costs.

Cycle to Work scheme

By implementing a Cycle to Work scheme, your employees can ditch the car and travel to work in a way that’s not only beneficial for their physical health and wellbeing, but great for the environment too. Schemes provide fantastic discounts on brand new bikes too, so your employees can choose something they’ll enjoy using not only for commute purposes, but for pleasure too. They’ll therefore be more inclined to cycle on the weekends and incorporate physical activity into their day-to-day lives.

The zone is our health and wellbeing solution which delivers a wide range of valuable tools, including the ones mentioned in this blog. On top of that, it also features a number of other products and services that support emotional and financial wellbeing. If you’d like to find out more about this great solution, simply book a demo and someone from our friendly team will be in touch to provide more information.

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