Employee assistance programme (EAP) provider teams up with group risk trade body
Wellbeing solution and EAP specialist LifeWorks is the latest name added to Group Risk Development (GRiD).
Earlier this year, we reported that employee benefits consultancy Vintage Corporate has joined the group risk trade body.
Through its membership, LifeWorks, a wellbeing solution provided by human resources firm Morneau Shepell, will receive access to pan-industry claims data, employer research, networking opportunities, access to industry experts and training.
"We're very pleased that LifeWorks has joined GRiD," said Steve Bridger, chairman of GRiD. "The added-value support that's offered alongside group risk products can bring the products to life for both employees and employers. Our own research shows that only 32% of employers make regular use of all the extra support within group risk products, yet we know how much they can support engagement, help manage absence and increase productivity. So we're all very much looking forward to working closely with LifeWorks."
The move will allow the provider of employee support services, such as back-to-work rehabilitation and fast-tracking to counselling, to work more closely with the group risk industry at a time when mental ill health is on par with cancer as the main cause of group income protection claims.
According to a recent GRiD survey, a third of people were able to go back to work during 2017 because of early intervention, of which 52% had help to overcome mental illness.
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"As the UK government's flagship ambitions for health and well-being at work are forging ahead through initiatives such as the Good Work Plan, group risk support is critical in encouraging better health behaviours and preventative well-being maintenance among employees," said Barb Veder, chief clinician and VP of Lifeworks.
"LifeWorks has long supported group risk providers in making help accessible for employees whose employer has a group risk policy. Furthermore, we understand the importance of driving engagement and through a news feed, community and recognition, perks and rewards, we have unprecedented levels of persistent interaction. We're looking forward to the opportunity that GRiD provides to work more closely with the industry."
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