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The nineteenth annual CIPD survey exploring trends and practices in health, well-being and absence management in UK workplaces has been produced in partnership with Simplyhealth. It was completed in November 2018 by more than 1,000 people professionals, covering 3.2 million employees across the UK.

Since 1872 we’ve been helping people get healthcare through our health plans, charity partnerships and by being a voice in healthcare.

Today we’re delighted to be the UK’s leading provider of health plans, dental plans and pet health plans, which help individuals, families, employees and pets to get support with their health when they need it. 

Our health plans enable businesses to look after their employees, and make it easy for people to maintain their health and well-being, so they can look after business.

We offer two types of preventative health plans:

  • Optimise: our health plan, covering a range of treatments including visits to the optician, dentist, 24/7 GP services and more

  • Denplan: our dental plan, covering all clinically necessary treatments, routine examinations, hygiene treatments, plus cover for accidents and emergencies

We don’t have shareholders which means we are totally focused on making sure no one goes without the healthcare support they need, and why we are passionate about being a voice in healthcare and partnering with charities to reduce health inequality.  

Last year we donated £1.13 million to our charity partners which equates to over 10% of our pre-tax profits. Additionally, our partnership with the Simplyhealth Great Run Series raised over £40 million for charitable causes. 

Overall, the findings reflect employers' growing recognition of their critical role in improving the health of the workforce. But the survey highlights some cause for concern, including an increase in stress-related absence and a lack of support for managers, who are increasingly expected to take responsibility for their team's well-being. We're therefore calling on employers to invest in more training and development for managers and have published some top tips to support managers to minimise stress in their teams.

You can learn more about investing in people management skills by reading our management development factsheet.

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Click through these interactive graphics to discover some of the key findings of this year's survey.

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