Inspire winter 2019
The latest health and wellbeing news from Towergate Health & Protection
Welcome to the latest edition of Inspire, our quarterly newsletter, designed to keep you informed about the issues that could be relevant to your business.
In this edition we look at why the new year is a great time to engage employees with your benefits package.
You can also read about how to protect your business from cyber crime; why benefits are more than just employee perks; and the risks facing all small businesses.
- Why New Year is the perfect time to engage your employees with your health and wellbeing benefits
- Protecting your business against cyber and data crime
- 80% of businesses making provision for mental wellbeing – Towergate survey reveals
- Closing the perception gap – the risks facing all SME companies
- Latest news from the insurers
New year is traditionally the time when people decide to get fit, join a gym or try a new diet so it’s the perfect time for employers to start an engagement programme around health and wellbeing in the workplace.
Communicating and engaging with people about the benefits they have is one of the biggest challenges employers have1 so why not take this opportunity to develop a 12 month wellbeing engagement programme for 2020.
Cyber crime is an increasing risk for businesses of all size, so protecting your company against any kind of cyber attack or data breach is more important than ever - according to the National Cyber Security Centre, the risk for SMEs is as high as a 1 in 2 chance of suffering a cyber security breach1. But not all organisations fully understand the risks.
A snapshot survey carried out by Towergate Health & Protection has revealed that 80% of businesses questioned had mental health provision in place and 71% offered mental health training for managers.
While this looks like good news on the surface, the same companies also reported dealing with employee stress and mental health problems as the biggest health and wellbeing challenge facing them.
Handling employee sickness absence can be challenging at the best of times but for a smaller company, having people on leave awaiting hospital appointments or an operation can add significantly to the stress of the rest of the workforce.
According to recent research carried out by Group Risk Development (GRiD), in the past 12 months 44% of businesses have experienced an employee being diagnosed with or dealing with a serious illness such as cancer, heart disease or stroke1.