Generali Employee Benefits UK and Bupa have announced a commercial partnership to push wellbeing programmes. These are designed for UK employees who are part of a multinational group.
The partnership and initiative aims to provide employers access to the back-to-work support they need. This comes with a specific focus on risk assessment, testing, and support mechanisms to improve an individual’s COVID-19 risk factors.
Beyond the pandemic, the intention is to provide a sustainable framework for an ongoing focus on supporting employee physical and psychological wellbeing long-term.
A range of Bupa’s employer-funded wellbeing services will be made available to Generali Employee Benefit UK’s Group Income Protection (GIP) clients. This is via part-funding from Generali.
The Bupa services to be included as a part of Generali GIP include:
- COVID-19 support services, from return to work online risk assessments to antigen tests;
- SmartDNA, a swab provides employees with a personalised health & wellbeing plan. This can include dieting and lifestyle coaching;
- Health assessments;
- Onsite health checks;
- Occupational health services;
- Remote physiotherapy service, and
- Virtual GP.
With regards to joint clients, the commercial partnership will provide the advantages of key wellbeing aspects of Bupa’s Private Medical Insurance (PMI) programme to be extended in a cost-effective way.
Simon Thomas, director, Generali Employee Benefits UK, said: “This is a proud day for Generali Employee Benefits UK. We’re absolutely delighted to be a commercial partner with Bupa. Everything Generali Employee Benefits UK does is underpinned by principles of commercial partnership working and sustainability. And today’s announcement helps demonstrate loud and clear that we are walking the talk.
“The need for strong employee health and wellbeing support has arguably never been greater. While remote working due to the pandemic was considered a temporary arrangement, for many it could become permanent and, with it, comes the potential for increased long-term risks including anxiety and depression, fatigue, burnout and chronic musculoskeletal issues. For those returning to workplaces, there’s also a multitude of health and safety risks to consider. In this new normal – and beyond – employers need the industry to take a more integrated health, wellbeing and risk approach.”
Alaana Woods, commercial director, Bupa Health Clinics, added: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Generali to offer a range of services to support employers safely return their staff to the workplace. We know that a lot of people are feeling anxious or overwhelmed about returning to work and we want to do all we can to help businesses create an environment where their employees feel safe, now and into the future.”