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Majority of employees want health benefits

10 August 2011 - 6:10pm

77 per cent of workers believe that employer-provided health benefits should become standard for employment packages.

The figures come from a survey of 20,000 Australian staff conducted by workforce consultancy group Kelly Services.

Employees have also voted business health insurance as the most desired employer-provided health benefit.

Corporate health insurance can improve productivity, as employees who know their health is a priority for management can often experience a boost in morale.

The key benefit of such plans is the protection of overall worker health, resulting in increased business operational security.

Health plans can help manage such common risks as heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

They can also assist with mental health issues such as stress, anxiety and depression.

Businesses can expect to attract more potential candidates for open positions if they offer health plans as part of an employment contract.

Employee loyalty can also increase if staff see the benefits of remaining with a single employer for longer.

Other highly-valued benefits included smoke-free environments and corporate exercise programs.

A number of options exist for companies wanting to take out corporate health insurance for their staff.

An insurance broker can not only assist in finding the right policy, but raising the overall education of management for health products.