H1. Chronic Conditions Guide and Carers
6 November, 2013
Submitted: 17 January, 2014
KP Snacks has been supporting employees with chronic health conditions for a number of years. Our in-house Employee Health & Wellbeing (EHW) team offers support to both employees and managers to enable employees to remain within the workplace, wherever possible. Ill health is managed through a robust referral system and the EHW team are involved in the management of absences from day 3 of all absences. Line managers conduct a return to work interview after each absence as part of a positive attendance management process. This enables a collaborative approach to be taken to managing absences and long term health issues between EHW/managers and HR professionals.
Where employees are diagnosed with chronic conditions our EHW team work with the employee, their healthcare providers and the line manager, to support a return to work as soon as is realistic, with reasonable adjustments in place to facilitate this. Such adjustments could include a graduated return to work, role adjustments and where required shift pattern changes or even redeployment to other areas of the business if possible.
Many KP employees have worked for the company for many years and have skills and an understanding of the workplace. In many cases, with slight role adjustments they can remain at work and these skills continue to be utilised, resulting in benefits such as reducing the need to recruit and train others to replace them, which in turn reduces overhead costs and impacts any potential financial hardship for employees. There is a vast amount of research relating to work and health that supports the view that work is good for people’s physical and psychological health and wellbeing.
We have plans to carry on with employee campaigns which raise awareness of chronic ill-health conditions such as diabetes, cancers and heart disease and the EHW team have been building collaborations with a number of health charities to help support this.