Remote working, flexibility, a vibrant office environment. This is the minimum employees expect when it comes to start-up culture.
Those businesses that are going above and beyond and focusing on community wellness, employee healthcare, and staff happiness are those that are breaking the mould and offering employees a true advanced environment in which to spend their daily working lives.
This is our approach at Prevayl®. Our technology has the capability to revolutionise individual health and performance across multiple industries. This has to begin with our own staff.
The desire for employee benefits
According to a recent study, the quality and flexibility of health benefits was the most important factor for employees, with close to 90% citing this as their number one consideration when looking for new opportunities.
Other key benefits included perks that help to improve mental well-being, such as flexible working and gym memberships. Paid time off and annual leave is of course the minimum requirement, but for a high volume of employees, of all genders, an employers’ parental leave policy is of crucial importance.
So, how are leading businesses catering to this employee desire?
Burberry Parental Leave
At the end of November, Burberry announced the introduction of a new global parental leave policy.
Under the new policy all employees are offered 18 weeks of parental leave at full pay, with the opportunity to work a 30-hour week at full pay for an additional four weeks once they return to work.
Coming into effect in April, the policy will apply across the business worldwide, having a huge impact in those countries with much lower periods of statutory maternity and paternity leave.
Burberry’s aim is to create an open and inclusive environment, to give their staff the best possible experience, and the opportunities to continue to succeed in their roles during times of change in their personal lives.
Statutory parental leave may no longer cater to modern needs, Burberry is recognising the opportunity to do something different.
October saw the pilot healthcare service go live for Amazon employees in and around the Seattle area.
The scheme, which is soon expected to be rolled out to Amazon staff across the board, offers virtual and in-person care, with telemedicine via app, chat and remote video. Follow up visits can be arranged, and medicine delivery is even included; unsurprisingly this applies to delivery to Amazon offices but also an employee’s home.
Amazon is just the latest of the Silicon Valley tech giants to offer this kind of staff healthcare scheme as a compulsory part of the employee benefits package. This is an innovative step right now, but you can expect it to become the norm in a just a few years’ time for tech companies of this scale.
Prevayl’s approach to community wellness
Our approach is to enhance the wellness of everyone within our Prevayl community.
The Prevayl team is packed with talent and creative minds from the worlds of technology, fashion design, data science, electronics, finance, marketing and Biosignal processing.
They each face daily challenges from solving complex problems, building innovative tech solutions and travelling the world. Keeping them physically and mentally healthy, well and fresh is of crucial importance.
Whilst our technology is set to provide the platform for individuals across the world to take ownership of their own healthcare data, for us innovation starts at home.
Individual health eco-system
Through the combination of our full coverage wearable and health-management platform, our employees have access to their own individual health eco-system. This provides access to their personal health data and offers the opportunity to take ownership of their individual health and well-being.
Whilst employees want benefits that cater to positive mental health, often individuals lack the self-awareness to know when work is beginning to impact this.
Each of our Prevayl employees’ individual dashboards ensure that the signs that are sometimes difficult to recognise, like stress indicators, will be clear to see.
The constant monitoring of their body’s signals provides a continuous stream of data and insight into how they react during moments of stress, illustrating when to slow down and when they can healthily push themselves. These daily reminders enable each individual to be guided on a gradual incline of improvement and self-awareness, with the foundation to make the right decisions for their personal working lives, every day.
Importantly it enables them to be healthy and happy at work.
This is just the start for our staff. This technology and the insight into performance and health at work will begin to become the expectation amongst employees.