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The importance of Occupational Health and Wellbeing

Absence and Wellbeing Cartoon - FusionHR

Your employees are a key business asset and the operational and financial impact of sickness absence can be significant.

Occupational health teams support managers to keep people well at work both physically and mentally. Occupational health services will help keep your employees healthy and safe whilst in work and identify any risks in the workplace that are likely to give rise to work-related ill health.

Research shows that good health is good for business and better workplaces have better financial results. Every year over 170 million days are lost to sickness absence. Research shows that the longer people are off sick, the less likely they are to make a successful return to work. After six months absence from work, there is only a 50% chance of someone making a successful return*. It’s therefore important to have a reliable Occupational Health provider who can turn referrals around quickly and efficiently in order to support a speedy resolution where possible. The key is to focus on early intervention allowing your organisation to:

  • Reduce levels of absence
  • Cut the cost of absence to your organisation
  • Drive up productivity and decrease disruption as a result of employee absence
  • Create greater engagement and motivation of employees as they feel more valued
  • Enable employees to return to work sooner

At FusionHR, we offer a direct referral to a physician allowing immediate access to a qualified GP who specialises in Occupational Health management. From the point of referral we are often able (with employee consent for immediate release to management) to hold a consultation with the employee and generate a report back to management within a week, there are no hidden costs and no discharge or administration fees. If you would like to know more about our service and how it could help you please give one of the team a call on 01924 827869.

* Source: http://www.nhshealthatwork.co.uk/what-is-oh.asp

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