- Improved ease of access (46 per cent) and increased availability (46 per cent) of preventive employee health services would help to improve the health of the UK workforce in the next five years, according to employers
- 40 per cent of the decision makers surveyed agree that increased availability of reactive health services for employees would help to improve the health of the UK workforce in the next five years
- 68 per cent of employers say they need a healthcare services provider with a proven holistic approach to health and wellbeing
- The new research also highlights what employers see as the biggest challenges to their employees’ health over the next five years
20 April 2016: Improved ease of access (46 per cent) and increased availability (46 per cent) of preventive health services for employees are key to better health in the workplace in the next five years, new research from AXA PPP healthcare has found. And 40 per cent of the decision makers surveyed agree that increased availability of reactive health services for employees would help to improve the health of the UK workforce in the next five years.
The research, marking the launch of AXA PPP healthcare’s new proposition for medium and larger sized employers, Advance, has taken a comprehensive look at the effectiveness and priorities of workplace health and wellbeing strategies. The decision makers polled by the healthcare company predict that mental health (51 per cent), obesity/high body mass index (44 per cent) and high blood pressure (30 per cent) will be the biggest challenges to employee health over the next five years.
Three quarters of decision makers (75 per cent) agreed that employers should proactively support their employees to manage their health and wellbeing; accounting for why 77 per cent of employers said their company currently has a health and wellbeing strategy in place.
Chris Horlick, Distribution Director for AXA PPP healthcare, commented: “It’s encouraging to see so many businesses acknowledging they have a degree of responsibility for employee health and wellbeing at work and, as a result, implementing strategies to support this. However, businesses, and arguably the workplace health services industry as a whole, can struggle to define what holistic health and wellbeing strategies should look like. This can mean that in practice they fail to include measurable objectives, thereby preventing meaningful evaluation of their impact.”
“To provide a more robust approach to management of workplace health and wellbeing, AXA PPP healthcare is introducing a flexible proposition to guide and enable medium and larger sized businesses to define their health and wellbeing strategies in terms of specific objectives and how they are going to measure whether they’ve achieved them. This higher level of definition will help businesses to develop wellbeing programmes that incorporate our innovative technology to help initiate and sustain healthy behaviours and drive productivity.”
The research highlighted that employers who don’t use a healthcare provider to support their health and wellbeing strategies identified significant challenges to achieving the goals they set out in their strategies. Lack of employee engagement (40 per cent), inability to evaluate the impact of the strategy (32 per cent), inadequate budget (26 per cent) and lack of resource to deliver the health and wellbeing strategy (21 per cent) were seen as the major challenges. A further 68 per cent said that employers need a healthcare services provider with a proven holistic approach to health and wellbeing.
Chris Horlick continued: “There is growing acknowledgment by employers and policymakers of the importance of preventive health services within a holistic approach to employee health and wellbeing. This includes helping employees maintain good health as well as supporting their care and treatment if they become unwell. We expect this trend to continue and, with Advance, we offer a digital member journey to sustain engagement and which provides ease of access to enable employers to drive this preventive, supportive approach. Businesses want more than workplace health gimmicks. They need programmes that offer sustainability from providers who can work in partnership with them. With Advance, we can work with medium and larger sized employers and lead them to a fit, healthy and productive workforce where they can thrive.”
About AXA PPP healthcare
AXA PPP healthcare– one of the largest and most experienced private medical insurance providers in the UK – has been helping people to access healthcare services since 1940. Today it forms the UK healthcare arm of AXA and provides cover formedical and dental care for individuals and employers, and employee wellbeing, counselling, occupational health and rehabilitation services through its specialist Health Services division.
AXA PPP healthcare has been named the Best Healthcare Provider for three years running in the Your Money Awards and, in June 2015, was awarded the prestigious accolade of European Large Contact Centre of the Year at the 2015 European Contact Centre & Customer Service Awards, followed in September 2015 by the Best Customer Experience accolade in the Large Contact Centre category of the UK Customer Experience Awards 2015.
The AXA Group is a worldwide leader in insurance and asset management, with 161,000 employees serving 103 million clients in 59 countries. In 2015, IFRS revenues amounted to Euro 99.0 billion and IFRS underlying earnings to Euro 5.6 billion. AXA had Euro 1,363 billion assets under management as of December 31, 2015. In 2015 Interbrand ranked AXA the 1st insurance brand worldwide for the 7th consecutive year.
In the UK AXA operates through a number of business units including: AXA Wealth, AXA Insurance, AXA PPP healthcare, AXA Ireland and an independent distribution business Bluefin. AXA employs over 10,500 staff in the UK.
The AXA ordinary share is listed on compartment A of Euronext Paris under the ticker symbol CS (ISN FR 0000120628 – Bloomberg: CS FP – Reuters: AXAF.PA). AXA’s American Depository Share is also quoted on the OTC QX platform under the ticker symbol AXAHY.
The AXA Group is included in the main international SRI indexes, such as Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) and FTSE4GOOD.
It is a founding member of the UN Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Principles for Sustainable Insurance and a signatory of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment.