Incorporating a broad range of employment resources and benefits, JIB membership represents outstanding value.
These all-important employment services allow members to grow and develop a highly knowledgeable and motivated workforce and include support relating to:
- Employment terms and conditions
- Employment benefits - including healthcare and insurance protection
- Employee health and wellbeing
- Financial support for training
- In-House ECS HS&E Assessments
- Free employment advice and dispute resolution
- Unique access to new business
Employee Health and Wellbeing
JIB membership offers a tailored, industry-specific package for employee health and wellbeing. A responsible employer must consider the health and wellbeing of their workforce, which includes mental health concerns. Work-related stress, anxiety or depression now accounts for over half of all working days lost due to ill health in Great Britain. In addition, workers absent for mental health reasons are seven times more likely to take additional absence than those taking physical health-related sick leave.
The JIB offers a three-step approach to identifying health and wellbeing issues and accessing treatment.
Step 1 – Identify
Use fully-funded Occupational Health Assessments through one of the JIB’s preferred providers to help identify issues that might be currently undetected or untreated – the tests cover a number of areas including:
- Musculoskeletal questionnaire/assessment
- Skin health check
- Respiratory health check
- Audiometry health check
- Mental Health
Step 2 – Treat
If issues are identified, the JIB Benefits Scheme can be used to explore available treatments. This could be direct access to consultants to avoid NHS waiting times, or use of free counselling via the Employee Assistance Programme with referrals to specialists if required.
Step 3 – Repeat
Funded Occupational Health Assessments are available every three years so members can continue the cycle of regular assessment and action to ensure the workforce has the support it needs.
Occupational Health Assessments
Employers have a duty of care to ensure employees are protected from work-based health risks.
JIB members receive full funding for Occupational Health Assessments for all operatives who participate in the JIB Benefits Scheme. Each operative can receive one funded Occupational Health Assessment (OHA) every three years via a JIB-approved provider.
Employees do not have to be sent for assessments; however, these evaluations can help with health and safety law compliance and meeting client and/or main contractor occupational health requirements.
By implementing an occupational health programme, members can protect their most valuable resource, reduce instances of absence due to sickness and enhance the sustainability, reputation and profitability of the business.
This doesn’t affect Bupa private medical cover, which remains in place.
Mental Health Resources for Employers
The evidence on how mental health issues affect workplaces has mounted in recent years. Aside from the impact on the individual involved, mental health problems present a risk to business not just from a sickness absence and staff turnover perspective, but also from ‘presenteeism’ factors, where employees become less productive at work due to poor health.
For employers and business owners, this means there’s not just a moral obligation to the workforce to act positively in this area, but also a business imperative to tackle the lost productivity and profitability that poor mental health issues can bring about.
To better address mental health issues, the following steps can be taken:
Prevention- Promoting good mental health in the workplace to address issues before they might start
Intervention - How to identify when an employee may need help and how to approach the subject
Treatment and Support - Seeking the best treatment and support when someone needs help
JIB Accident Survey
JIB members are asked on an annual basis to provide their RIDDOR reportable accident statistics for the previous year. These statistics are compiled into the JIB’s Annual Survey of Accidents at Work Report which informs the industry and helps identify where more work needs to be done to prevent future accidents.