Media - Press Releases

2021 vision: Unum enhances Optical proposition after difficult year for UK eye health and increase in screen time

Tuesday 15th June 2021

National Smile Month 2021

Monday 14th June 2021

Remote GP services highly valued by staff despite lockdown lifting

Wednesday 2nd June 2021

2020 most successful year yet for Unum’s rehabilitation service: 95.1% of employees using it remained in or returned to work

Tuesday 25th May 2021

New ‘Value of Help’ report launched as over a quarter of organisations struggle to make business case for employee wellbeing measures

Wednesday 28th April 2021

One year on from lockdown: Unum reflects on what employers need to consider post-pandemic

Tuesday 23rd March 2021

Unum extends in-demand Help@hand app to small businesses with a Life Insurance or Critical Illness policy

Tuesday 9th March 2021

Prioritising oral health will be critical in 2021

Thursday 11th February 2021

Help@hand sees uptake of appointments for partners and children, even out of hours

Thursday 11th February 2021

Unum Dental offers goodwill gesture to policy members in recognition of lockdown appointment delays

Thursday 13th January 2021

Unum announces leadership transition for UK and Poland

Thursday 12th November 2020

Unum Dental covers the cost of PPE

5th November 2020

Following government guidelines to help patients and practices stay safe, both dentists and their patients are now required to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during appointments, with some surgeries passing this cost on to patients.

Surge in use of virtual health care since lockdown with twice as many mental health appointments provided

Thursday 8th October 2020

Two fifths of UK parents and child carers missed healthcare appointments due to work pressures

7 September 2020

Access to Help@hand app reaches 165,000 employees and service usage increases by over 400% during lockdown period.

30 July 2020

Unum extends its digital health and wellbeing service during Coronavirus - with free access for small businesses

Updated 2 June 2020

At a time when UK businesses have been turned upside down by Covid-19, many are looking to understand steps they can take to be more resilient during the crisis. One in four (24%) SMEs want advice about supporting their employee’s wellbeing, and 38% of medium sized businesses want to know what their duties as employers are to their staff1.

Missed medical appointments present ‘huge’ cost to health and productivity of full-time workers, say Unum

22 April 2020

Unum UK announces Clifton Melvin as new Chair of the Board

3rd June, 2019

Employers play a vital role in supporting employees with cancer, says Unum

6 November 2019

BBC and Unum: Employee wellbeing critical to business success as firms face staff absences due to ill health

Wednesday 18th September 2019

Unum launches new app giving employees access to enhanced health support

  • Unum is launching a new app-based service providing employees with fast, simple, remote access to GPs and health support
  • In partnership with Square Health, Unum’s offering benefits both employees and their families seeking quality medical support via one single platform

Monday, 2nd September 2019: Leading UK employee benefits provider, Unum, has announced it is launching “Help@hand” a new range of app-based services giving employees and their families improved access to medical support at the touch of a screen.  

Unum announces launch of new app-based services giving employees access to remote GPs and enhanced health support

19 August 2019 leading UK employee benefits provider, Unum, today announced it would be launching “Help@hand” a new range of services, giving employees and their families access to medical support at the touch of a screen.

More than half of employees with cancer felt they may have been able to return to work sooner had they received better employer support

14th of August 2019

Unum data reveals increase in employees seeking mental health support

  • More employees than ever are using Unum’s support for mental health conditions
  • Biggest increase in referrals are male employees under the age of 30
  • Increasing proportion of employees are being helped back to work using Unum’s return to work support
  • More than 7,000 people accessed Unum’s range of rehabilitation services in 2018

12 July 2019 Unum has reported that more people used its return to work support in 2018 for mental health issues than any other condition. Unum’s rehabilitation team provide support to ill or injured employees, helping them recover and safely return to work. Two fifths (39%) of all cases were related to mental health issues including stress and anxiety.

Unum launches enhanced EAP offering

2nd April 2019

As part of its ongoing drive to broaden and deepen the services it provides to customers, employee benefits provider Unum is enhancing its proposition by offering more embedded benefits to all its Group Income Protection, Critical Illness and Life customers through its partnership with LifeWorks, including:

  • New perks and savings, such as digital gift card discounts, online cashback, in-store and online coupons, and lifestyle offers
  • An enhanced mobile app, available in the App Store or Google Play, bringing all of LifeWorks’ tools to the employee’s pocket
  • Wellness content, educating employees on physical, mental, social and financial wellbeing through articles, podcasts, toolkits and infographics
  • Personalised news feed for employers to suit their business needs, so wellbeing resources and company messages can be adjusted to reflect key business initiatives

New Year, New Job: Nearly 2 out of 5 UK workers on the job hunt, Unum finds

15th January 2019

It’s the time of year when many Britons resolve to improve their health and well-being, like eating better, exercising more, or saving money. They may also resolve to look for a new job.

  • Nearly a quarter of workers (24 percent) often think about quitting.
  • 43 percent of workers will probably look for a new job, and nearly 2 out of 5 workers (38 percent) are very likely to look for a new job.
  • Only 14 percent of workers feel strongly they would be happy staying with their current employers for the rest of their careers.

Unum launches new Mental Health Pathway

23rd July 2018 (amended 12th December 2018)

Unum UK has launched a new support service to help employers and their employees get the help they need when first facing a mental health concern.

Responding to a big increase in stress-related work absences, Unum has developed a ‘Mental Health Pathway’ as an early intervention service.