Magazine article New Zealand Management

INBOX: Looking after the Kids

Magazine article New Zealand Management

INBOX: Looking after the Kids

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When talking about subsidised health insurance we often focus on the benefits to the employer of having employees that are fit, healthy and productive in their jobs.

However the health of an employee's loved one is equally important. Having a sick partner or child can cause worry and stress, and taking care of them often requires time off work.

We've heard from a number of businesses that employees really appreciate the chance to look after their families' health and wellbeing by adding them to their existing Southern Cross health insurance policy.

One of these, Ravensdown, New Zealand's largest supplier of fertiliser, has been providing subsidised health insurance to its employees and their loved ones and finds it a powerful retention tool.

Tracey Paterson, Ravensdown General Manager of Human Resources, says it means their people don't have to sit at work for months worrying while they wait for treatment for themselves or their family on

the public health system.

"Our people are used to being looked after. For full-time employees, cover extends to partners and children -- that's a benefit you don't give up lightly. …

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