How to attract employees with occupational health
Attracting new employees can be tough if you don’t know what they’re looking for and it’s more important now than ever to get it right. The
latest figures by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that although employment rates have risen to 75.6% in the past three months, job vacancies are at a record high of 1.3 million putting serious pressure on the recruitment process for businesses.
At a time when the recovery of employment is being driven by full-time employment, it’s key your business is at the forefront of people’s minds when deciding where to apply to work. Workplace benefits are a key deciding factor for the majority of individuals when job-hunting and gone are the days where candidates just prioritise salary, holiday entitlement and company discounts.
In fact, insurance provider
Aviva surveyed 2,000 employees to get their thoughts on what matters to them and found that 48% of employees said they want a ‘wellness allowance’ giving them access to money to get mental health support and help with:
Back pain management
Cancer and chronic conditions
Physiotherapy and massage
38% of the employees surveyed also said they look for paid sick leave or critical illness cover, 17% look for health and/or life insurance, and 11% want eye tests and dental cover. So, you can see that occupational health plays a huge part in attracting employees to your business.
What is occupational health?
Occupational health is more than just having a health and safety officer in your business and checking in on your employees from time to time. It’s an ongoing specialism that prevents work-related ill health and promotes physical and mental wellbeing across your workforce.
It’s a proven necessity to not only meet your legal responsibility under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Act 1992 and Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, but also to provide your people with critical psychological and physical health support so they feel safe, healthy, and happy at work. Can you see why it’s an attractive commodity to have in your business?
Occupational health services you could use to attract employees
When applying for jobs, candidates will have a few questions to ask about a company’s occupational health stance such as:
Does this company and its management care about their people?
Are colleagues caring and supportive?
What are the company’s values?
What’s their approach to supporting employees?
Is it longstanding?
To answer those questions and immediately make your business more appealing to recruits, there are some occupational health services you could look at introducing and be proud to include in your job adverts.
Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
An EAP is a great service to introduce into your business because it gives your people confidence that their mental health and wellbeing are your priority. Not only does it reassure them that you’re taking the right steps in preventing workplace risks that could impact their wellbeing, but that they can speak freely to qualified counsellors about financial, personal, and any other wellbeing concerns and be guided in the right direction as a result.
Here at ELAS, we know just how important mental health and wellbeing support is for your employees which is why our EAP service includes:
Unlimited, instant access to our 24-hour confidential counselling line if your employee requires immediate or urgent support, they have it right at their fingertips.
Up to eight telephone counselling sessions per employee per problem if they prefer to talk to one of our professionals at a time and date that suits them in a more structured and supportive way.
Real-time online counselling so your employees can openly discuss any family, financial, or workplace issues with a qualified professional discreetly using their tablet, PC, or mobile.
To find out more about how your business and employees can benefit from our EAP service and attract more talent, head to our
Annual health checks and medicals
Annual health checks and wellbeing medicals are the perfect solutions to monitor the health, safety and welfare of your employees. They help to check your people are fit for work and also make sure they have the information they need to improve or maintain their health.
annual health questionnaire service involves a short, simple series of questions that your team can answer anytime, anywhere. After completing them, one of our occupational health nurses will then review your employees’ answers and if there is any cause for concern, they’ll be in touch with you and recommend further support in the form of a management referral.
We also offer
wellbeing medicals which can provide your employees with an insight into their current health status in terms of BMI, blood pressure, diabetes, kidney problems height, weight, etc. so they can proactively improve their health and wellbeing.
If you’re wanting to promote healthy lifestyle changes across your workforce and prove to potential candidates that occupational health is your priority, but you don’t want to enforce medical assessments and appointments, why not try our
wellbeing awareness sessions?
They’re a softer approach to helping your employees understand the importance of their health, and how they can manage it going forward and incorporate it into their everyday work-life balance.
We can deliver our sessions on-site through workshops, presentations and question and answer sessions by our occupational health advisors, so you don’t have to worry about your employees taking time out of work to focus on their wellbeing and welfare.
Contact us today!
For support with your business’ occupational health to keep your people happy and healthy, and help attract more talent in the future, simply call 0161 820 9839 or fill in the form on this page.