All eyes on health and wellbeing at work

By Jamie Ramage, Corporate Manager, SEE

How would it make your team feel if bosses didn’t adhere to employment law and never offered any holidays? Or ignored the workplace pension scheme? Or rather than allowing staff maternity leave, filled their position and wished them well on their impending parenthood?

My guess is, they wouldn’t stand for it. It would leave employees feeling tired, under-appreciated, and demotivated. Above all, they’d probably be left feeling angry and looking for a new job.  

And how does a £20,000 non-compliance bill make you feel?

Although it should be easy to spot when these employment regulations are amiss, a large majority of organisations ignore or don’t come forward with much of the other employee rights that workers are entitled to – which in turn can lead to hefty fines.

One of these rights is eye care for display screen equipment (DSE) users. A recent survey of over 500 HR decision makers, showed that a massive 73% of employees are not complying to DSE regulations – a breach in employment law that could result in a fine of up to £20,000 for the organisation.

Typical symptoms of DSE related problems include tired and dry eyes, blurred vision, temporary short-sightedness and sore heads. Since 1992, all employers must by law provide an eye test for a DSE user if they request one and, where an eye test shows that an employee needs special glasses prescribed for the distance the screen is viewed at, these should also be paid for by the company.

The benefits to organisations adhering to these regulations include, but are by no means limited to, improved eyesight, comfort and productivity of employees.

42% of workers cited improved health and wellbeing, due to the early detection of illnesses through an eye examination. Something that many organisations are often unaware of. Although bosses may understand that eye care can assess the optical health of their employees, few are aware of the wider health issues that can be picked up during a trip to the opticians.  

A high number of conditions can be detected early and non-invasively. These include potentially serious illnesses like diabetes and cardio vascular disease. Being able to spot these changes early and provide the right treatment can actively reduce and help better manage sick absence at work.

And in today’s competitive job market, health and wellbeing benefit packages such as corporate eyecare can make your organisation stand out from the crowd. Many job seekers now look for attractive perks above salary when looking for a role.

Similarly, employers offering and promoting these types of benefits can recruit and retain the best employees; boosting morale and improving company culture whilst benefiting from a more productive workforce.

In fact, 84% of employees have said that employee eyecare can improve productivity. Nobody wants to work with a sore head or deal with blurred vision on their screen. Reducing these ailments can positively affect workplace efficiencies allowing employees to focus more on their work.

Corporate eye care has the potential to benefit businesses on multiple levels; as a low cost but highly valued benefit that can be offered to employees and by enhancing the health and wellbeing of staff, which will ultimately encourage productivity in the workplace.

By instigating cost effective eye care for all, employers could save themselves money in the long term, while also helping to ensure the welfare of their employees.

Smart Employee Eyecare, part of the Duncan & Todd Group, offer an efficient and cost-effective system to help meet your company’s obligations to DSE regulations. At the core of SEE is the easy-to-use voucher system, accessed through an online portal. As a registered member of the portal, employers can buy vouchers or safety credits to build tailored vouchers for their employees’ specific requirements: giving you complete control to manage your corporate eyecare budget.

Jamie will be exhibiting at Health and Wellbeing & Work at Birmingham NEC, 5 – 6 March 2019. To find out more about Smart Employee Eyecare (SEE) and how it can benefit your team, contact Jamie.

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