In September 2010 we launched a pilot wellbeing initiative in our Cardiff and Hove offices. This made use of an online health and wellbeing service called Health Manager provided by GetWell Fitness, which monitors health issues, behaviour and participation amongst its participants. The initiative also provided an extensive training programme for line managers, free health checks and a workplace scheme aimed at combating low levels of physical activity.
By identifying over 200 employees in need of early intervention, we were able to offer specialist advice at an early stage. The impact of the pilot scheme was dramatic. Workplace absence in the pilot areas was reduced by 15% on the previous year and productivity was improved.
The success of the initiative has enabled us to implement further measures which can lead to a healthier, more effective workforce. We have been able to identify the five most significant health issues which impact our workforce, allowing us to develop tailored programmes to address the concerns of employees. The success of the wellbeing initiative was such that the programme is now being rolled out to other Legal & General locations.