H1. Chronic Conditions Guide and Carers
1 January, 2013
Submitted: 22 December, 2011
Marston's takes the health of its workforce very seriously and sees support for employees with both long and short-term conditions as both a core responsibility and a key to employee productivity.In support of this policy the company operates a number of support structures to assist workers dealing with chronic conditions and also has processes designed to facilitate the return of workers to the workplace. These services include;A specialist occupational health service which provides advice to both the company and its employees on the health related implications of their work roles and how best to provide assistance in recovery or coping with long term incurable conditions, including work adjustments and return to work programmes.A confidential employee assistance programme open to either employees and their families or their managers where information on a wide range of issues can be sourced including chronic condition support. We also run health awareness campaigns which might cover topics such as blood pressure, asthma, diabetes etc to help raise employee awareness of conditions and things they can do to help minimise the impact of these conditions in both their home and work life. This service also includes access to web-based assistance and support.Where conditions require periods away from the workplace we operate a system of home visits to offer support and to keep people in touch with the work place. These vists may be from members of the Human Resources team, line managers, or more normally both.Upon return to work we also hold meetings designed to ensure that the company is made aware of any restrictions on working and to discuss any reasonable adaptations that will help the employee to settle back in as quickly as possible. Similar meetings also operate for employees with chronic conditions and reasonable modifications incorporated (having taken advice from both our occupational health provider and the individual's GP/medical specialist where appriopriate) where this proves practical.We also recognise that these meetings can on occasions be daunting and so we are happy for them to have another employee attend for support. We also have positive relations with our trade union representatives who can also help both the company and their members in the rehabilitation and adjustment processes to settle back in as quickly as possible. Similar meetings also operate for employees with chronic conditions and reasonable modifications incorported (having taken advice from both our occupational health provider and the indicvidual's GP where appriopriate) where this proves practical.