Proactive Employee support

We tend as a nation to have a reactive cultural perspective to health. We only consider our well being when it is compromised.

The Health Bank Account is a dynamic proactive response to an overwhelming problem: -
'The lack of personal investment we make in our well-being'.

The singular cause is a lack health education and an important side effect is an inability to cope with the pressures faced in every day life, pressures that quickly become stresses.

The Health Bank Account provides

  • A definition of Stress and how it impacts us on biochemical, structural, environmental and emotional levels.
  • An opportunity to evaluate one's personal well-being investment
  • An opportunity to address personal well-being issues
  • Help to incorporate and sustain long-term healthy practices in one's lifestyle.

This programme is aimed at encouraging employees to address their health issues proactively and...

Healthy employees are critical to the development of a vibrant, creative and effective workforce.

The programme centres on the need for personal responsibility and therefore the pivotal change is achieved only by investment from the employee with support and guidance from the company.

The Political awareness towards personal responsibility; has become increasingly to the fore front (see NB1&2) and although consideration of the amount of pressure to be put on companies to deal with stress-related health issues differs from party to party the statistics (see NB3) endorses the need for a proactive health response.

The Health Bank Account superbly accommodates the need to instil an awareness of our 'lack of investment' along with the tools 'to select appropriate investment' in well-being. The incorporation of both conventional and complementary medicine is an integral feature.

NB1

In 2010
David Cameron described the UK's health and safety culture as a "straitjacket on personal initiative and responsibility", adding that it "treats adults like children, encouraging them to think that others have considered the risks for them, are taking responsibility for them, so they don't have to think or take responsibility for themselves". Since Cameron's speech, the Conservative party has released a manifesto of its plans to curtail the Health and Safety Executive's powers in such a way that industries and individual companies would be able to self-regulate their health and safety procedures.

BN2

In July 2006
Mr Blair urged Britons to take more responsibility for their health, warning the country's state-funded National Health Service would struggle to cope in the future, unless individuals tackle problems of obesity, smoking and alcohol abuse. "It is worth pausing for a moment to consider the consequences that inaction will bring. The economic burden of chronic disease … could be vast," Blair said. Government statistics show that each year in England smoking is responsible for around 120,000 deaths, obesity causes at least 9,000 premature deaths and that around 9 million people ignore government recommended drinking limits. Blair, speaking in Nottingham, singled out the manufacturers of junk foods for criticism.

NB2

Work-related Stress A Guide jointly jointly drawn up by CBI, CEEP UK, DTI, FPB, HSE and TUC Says 'work-related stress is a complex issue with as many subtle variations as there are people affected by it. Each year in this country there are over half a million instances where work-related stress results in people being absent from work, costing UK employers an estimated £ 3.7 billion. On average, each stress related absence involves 29 working days lost, a total of 13 million days. This means work-related is now the biggest cause of working days lost through occupational injury and ill health.