The perks of health and well-being in a Medical Communications job

By Katie Goulbourn – Medical Communications Consultant

Health and well-being benefits and programmes are more common than ever and are no longer offered by only larger corporations. Medical communications agencies are no exception with many agencies offering many perks in line with promoting healthier living and/or a better work life balance in order to attract talent to their business in a candidate short market.

Many scientific studies have proven that by having a health and well-being programme, companies are:

  • Reducing overall health issues across the company, leading to reduced sick leave
  • Improving employee productivity – studies show those who smoke, eat an unhealthy diet and/or don’t exercise are the least productive in the workplace
  • More likely to retain employees as people are happier and more fulfilled in their job
  • Increasing the feeling of being valued and appreciated by encouraging team engagement and communication through group activities
  • Improving staff morale. People are not only healthier, they are happier!

Medical communication agencies really are leading the way with some fantastic benefits packages on offer. All of the below are health and well-being benefits offered by our UK based medical communications clients:

HEALTH

  • Private healthcare
  • Private dental insurance
  • Cash back plans where you can claim money back for things like dental, physiotherapy, optical, chiropody and much more
  • Free fruit
  • Perkbox Medical – 24/7 access to GP appointments
  • Annual eye test
  • Flu jabs
  • Vitamins available onsite
  • Free massages
  • Enhanced sick pay

EXERCISE

  • Discount gym membership or interest free gym loan
  • Pilates and yoga sessions onsite
  • Annual free trainers
  • Sports clubs: running, football etc.
  • Wellness Wednesdays – extended 90-minute lunch to take advantage of wellness activities without the need to rush back
  • Cycle scheme
  • Dedicated space for sessions and meditation rooms

ADVICE

  • Financial Advisor to visit the office to discuss pensions and any other financial matters with individuals
  • Employee Assistance Programme providing a confidential support service which is available to you and the immediate family on a range of scenarios including; family issues, financial, legal, debt, housing, childcare and much more
  • Mental health support and advice line

TEAM ACTIVITIES

  • Fika, part of Swedish Culture, a break away from your desk to enjoy traditionally “coffee and cake” with colleagues
  • Breakfast club
  • Team lunches
  • Quarterly team days
  • Walking groups

PARENTS

  • Parental return to work scheme, return part time without reducing your income
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity pay

MINDFULNESS

  • Meditation sessions onsite

WORK LIFE BALANCE

  • Standard four day working week across the business (full time wage)
  • 30 days annual leave as standard + bank holidays
  • Flexible working from home
  • Winter Mondays – start at 10am during January and February
  • Summer Fridays – finish at 3.30pm during June, July and August
  • Birthday off in additional to annual leave
  • Sabbatical leave, unpaid break of up to 12 months
  • Paid leave for exceptional circumstances
  • Flexibility to have time off for school assemblies, sport days, important appointment, trusted to make up the time
  • Flexible working around the core hours of 10am-4pm
  • Remote working
  • Duvet days

CHARITY

  • Charity / volunteering days
  • Charity donations on your birthday

If you aren’t entirely happy at work and would benefit from a change, please get in touch to discuss our current live vacancies which cover both editorial (medical writer) and client services (account management) roles, from entry to Director level, working with most medical communications agencies across the UK.

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Or you can get in touch with the Medical Communications team by calling 01625 541048.