The Health Insurance Group has launched the ViaNabo portal to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) of 20 to 500 staff manage their employee benefits while promoting health and wellbeing.
The four-module system, which allows companies to ‘mix and match' according to their particular needs and budget, comprises HR tools, employee assistance programme, manager support and employee discounts and costs £26 per employee per year. ViaNabo Core, the primary employee benefits and engagement module, is available for an annual cost of £6 per user.
The Health Insurance Group's managing director Brett Hill (pictured) said: "The product we are bringing to market is a modular platform that does everything a small business might need and more - driving engagement, simplifying benefits administration and promoting wellbeing and productivity. The HR module in particular will reduce the administrative burden on the HR department.
"SMEs in particular can face a challenge when wanting to implement and promote a benefit, reward and engagement strategy. Due to cost, a portal of this sort is normally the preserve of larger organisations but communication and engagement are central pillars to any size of organisation."
According to Hill, the ViaNabo Core module allows companies to combine their existing employee benefits programme with ViaNabo, in addition to providing the ability to issue total reward statements, send out company announcements, store contact directories and document libraries.
He added: "Health and wellbeing benefits include nutrition support and access to Active+, the online retail platform from AXA PPP healthcare that offers a vast range of products to help improve all aspects of a person's health, fitness and wellbeing."
Three optional modules
The optional ViaNabo HR module offers additional online capabilities, including the management of grievance and disciplinary issues, holidays and sickness and absence while the optional ViaNabo Support module provides employee assistance, including unlimited 24-hour access to qualified counsellors who can address lifestyle issues such as bereavement, debt, health, housing, childcare, eldercare or other concerns.
Explaining the optional Advantage module, Hill said it was intended to promote "the idea of helping wages to go further" by offering staff regular access to a range of discounts and special offers on supermarket and high-street shopping, as well as holiday and gym discounts.
He concluded: "Few, if any employees, know the true value of their benefits package, which is why a portal can be such a powerful mechanism for attracting, engaging and retaining staff.
"A good portal should be continuously revisited by staff, reminding them of your investment and strengthening your relationship with them. We have built ViaNabo with smaller firms in mind, offering them the capabilities that are normally only the preserve of corporate enterprises at a fraction of the cost."
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