Group risk products are key employee benefits for many firms but the substantial non-financial benefits offered by such policies are not always well understood.
This webinar will examine some of the non-financial benefits that can be offered with group risk products – including rehabilitation, early intervention services, absence management, return-to-work programmes and employee assistance programmes (EAPs).
It will ask how these non-financial benefits can be used by employers to help them achieve objectives around wellbeing, absence and mental health – asking how they can ensure they are getting full value from their group risk products.
The webinar will also ask what else group risk providers could do to help support employers and managers in these areas.
It will additionally ask whether or not group risk should now be viewed more as a service rather than a product – asking whether the services these insurers provide can be more important than the financial benefits their products offer.
In particular, it will ask:
- Are employers using the non-financial benefits offered by group risk policies to their full extent? Could they, in general, be getting more value out of the products they have bought? If so, what are the group risk services you believe are underused?
- How can such services help employers achieve their objectives around wellbeing, absence and mental health?
- How can employers engage their broader business around some of these services – ensuring that managers, human resource and other teams all understand the benefits of these offers?
- To what extent can technology help engage employers, managers and individuals with the broader range of non-financial group risk benefits?
- How can employers effectively communicate group risk benefits to their employees?
- Nine months on - how salary sacrifice changes are impacting group risk? What are the key takeaways from this debate from your perspective?
Workplace Savings & Benefits
Jonathan is editor-in-chief of Professional Pensions and Workplace Savings & Benefits (WSB).
He has over 16 years' experience in journalism, beginning his career writing about capital markets in Russia and East/Central Europe before he started to write about UK occupational pensions and benefits in 2001.
Jonathan has won a number of awards throughout his career – most recently the Society of Pension Professionals’ Journalist of the Year Award 2014 and the Investment Association’s Trade Journalist of the Year Award 2015 – and is holder of the PMI's Retirement Provision Certificate. He has a degree in economics from the University of London.
Paul Avis was appointed as sales and marketing director at Canada Life in November 2009 and focused solely on group insurance marketing from January 2013. He previously worked at Ceridian (LifeWorks) as corporate development manager; Employ-Mend as sales and marketing director; Legal & General (group risk) as sales manager; Unum as senior sales consultant and General Accident (now Aviva) as senior life consultant. Paul qualified with BA (Hons) in Cultural Studies in 1987, CIM Marketing Diploma in 1994, Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) in 1996 and gained an Henley MBA in 1999.
Rehabilitation & EIS Manager
Andrew (Max) Marchant has over 27 years experience within the group risk Industry. Having begun his career as a scheme underwriter he switched his focus to group income protection claims in 2000, initially as team leader before becoming a claims liaison manager and leading a team of regional claims management consultants , responsible for providing claims support and guidance directly to employers.
In 2014, Max became responsible for leading the Canada Life nurse/vocational team and for the delivery of its rehabilitation and early intervention service to customers of all sizes.
Clinical Rehabilitation Manager
Jon Blackburn is group protection clinical & rehabilitation services manager at Aviva, overseeing delivery of its occupational rehabilitation and clinical services. As a chartered physiotherapist and Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP) qualified Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant (VRC), Jon also provides clinical support and advice on cases, alongside the other clinicians in his team. As a clinician himself, Jon is committed to providing effective and evidence based treatment and vocational rehabilitation services, for Aviva’s clients and their employees.
Group Protection Product Manager
Steve is Product Manager Group Protection at Aviva. His key responsibilities are managing and developing Group Income Protection, Group Life Assurance and Group Critical Illness. He is also a member of the GRiD Regulations Committee and ILAG Workplace Health & Wellbeing Practitioner Group. Steve has worked in Group Protection for over 25 years for a number of key insurers encompassing roles in scheme underwriting, flex administration and marketing.