EXCLUSIVE: 69% believe healthcare benefits show them to be a caring employer

EXCLUSIVE: Being seen as a ‘caring’ employer has returned to the top of the list when respondents consider what their healthcare benefits programmes have been successful in achieving. Almost seven in 10 (69%) said this was the case this year, compared to 60% last year and 74% in 2017, according to research by Employee Benefits.

The Employee Benefits/Health Shield Healthcare research 2019, which surveyed 202 HR decision makers and influencers, also found that over the past few years, being seen in a positive light has consistently comprised one of the top three achievements of respondents’ healthcare benefits, alongside improving the health and welfare of staff (63%), and providing a duty of care (55%).

However, achieving good employee engagement has gradually been superseded by other factors, slipping out of the top three into fourth place this year.

The proportion reporting that their healthcare benefits have been successful in helping staff to return to work as soon as possible has fluctuated over the past couple of years. This year, 49% have achieved this, compared with 43% in 2018 and 53% in 2017; this may be reflective of the varied conditions behind employees’ absence.