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Corporate Health Insurance News

20/03/2014 - 8:05am

Businesses in Queensland have admitted they are not taking out the required insurance because they cannot afford to get cover, according to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ).

CCIQ General Manager Nick Behrens explained the organisation's latest Pulse Survey has revealed growing insurance premiums are the third-biggest burden on Queensland businesses.

"Rising insurance premiums are affecting all Queensland businesses," he said in a March 17 media release.

19/03/2014 - 12:29pm

Businesses across Queensland are expected to benefit from a government investment directed towards corporate health and better lifestyle choices for employees.

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie announced the $1.4 million funding to be delivered as individual grants under the Working for Wellness Program in a March 11 statement.

19/03/2014 - 12:28pm

Now that summer is well and truly behind us, it is time to start preparing your workplace for the winter months. Unfortunately, with the colder weather comes the risk of colds and influenza in the workplace.

These illnesses can cost Australian businesses more than $7 billion each year in lost productivity due to absenteeism, according to St John Australia. This is an estimated 1.5 million lost work days.

11/03/2014 - 9:11pm

More than half (54 per cent) of workers believe their employers don't care about staff health and wellbeing, according to a recent survey from UK human resources advisor Investors In People (IIP).

Released on February 19, the report revealed that the employers who failed to show support for health and welfare risked their staff becoming disengaged and potentially looking for a new job.

Written by: Jethro Still
03/03/2014 - 8:32pm

Employers who have multiple international workers on their staff may benefit from recently announced changes to 457 visa nominations.

From February 14 this year, the government removed the ceiling on nominations for 457 visas. This means employers are no longer bound by the number of nominations they initially requested on their Standard Business Sponsorship (SBS) applications.

This is great news for employers whose businesses have expanded and need to take on additional staff but have reached their nomination limit.

26/02/2014 - 8:31pm

Providing a corporate health plan within your business could provide many benefits for you, your company and your employees, according to the American Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

An investment in employee health initiatives can help lower healthcare costs and insurance premiums while also encouraging individuals to save money by improving their wellbeing and lifestyle choices.

19/01/2014 - 10:20pm

Researchers from across the globe seem to agree that happy employees are more productive and innovative than their disgruntled counterparts.

Studies from Gallup-Healthways, Harvard Business Review and many other sources all seem to agree, the happier and more engaged an employee is, the more your business will benefit.

Keeping your staff happy can profit your company through decreased absenteeism, improved creativity and a healthier environment in which to build working relationships.

So how can you ensure your employees stay happy and productive?

31/12/2013 - 1:09pm

It seems that regardless of how the recruitment and employment sector is performing, attracting and retaining the top talent can be a complicated and arduous task for Australian businesses.

Fortunately, there are a number of methods organisations can adopt to ensure increased employee retention and reduced staff turnover, even in the most competitive market.

Improve the recruitment process

Perhaps the most effective way to reduce employee turnover is to ensure you are hiring the right person for the role.

19/12/2013 - 2:26pm

For those unsure about Australian health insurance, the processes required to join a fund or make a claim can be overwhelming and confusing.

A lack of understanding of the complexity of products or miscommunication from providers can ultimately lead to the idea of private health insurance being abandoned altogether.

19/12/2013 - 2:24pm

Protecting your company's assets is one of the most important steps to business success and your hardworking staff is arguably one of the biggest assets you have.

So, if you're sending your employees out of state or overseas on a corporate trip, doesn't it make sense to keep them protected?

Employers should ensure their roaming employees are covered by adequate travel insurance before they set off on their business expedition.

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