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Unum adds AgeingWorks™ to its group risk offering to help older workers

Financial protection insurer Unum is adding AgeingWorks™ to the services available to its group risk customers – helping employees cope with the increasing demands of looking after ageing family members as they continue to work longer than ever before.  The online portal for elder care support and guidance will be available to over 150,000 employees of Unum’s income protection, critical illness and life cover customers.

The move looks to help employees who are juggling the pressures of career, family, friends and health, with recent research showing that 32% of British workers are exhausted by these issues – dramatically increasing the chances of valued, experienced employees leaving their job. 

AgeingWorks™, provided by The Positive Ageing Company, is designed to help employees recognise the signs of problems associated with advancing age, prepare for the care of their loved ones as their needs develop over time and engage family members in informed decision making. 

Employers wishing to offer AgeingWorks™ to their staff will also have access to Sleeping Tiger – a valuable tool that helps to identify the cost of lost productivity to their business as a result of working carers taking time off or even simply from employee distraction and worry.

Glenn Thompson, Customer Solutions Director at Unum, said, "We have been exploring with advisers and employers what the future workplace will look like, and increasingly the needs of older workers, often with concerns about their own health as well as that of their parents and partners, are getting priority attention.  Including AgeingWorks™ in our offering at no extra cost is a fantastic solution for employers, bringing peace of mind to employees who, whether today or at some point down the line, are going to need the support it delivers."

Chris Minett at The Positive Ageing Company agrees. "We are delighted to be working with Unum -providing positive ageing tools and information for their clients.  With the number of employees working past retirement age doubling over the last 20 years, there has never been a more crucial time to address the issue of employees looking after ageing family members and partners.”

Seeing it as an excellent fit with the insurer's aim to provide meaningful, tangible wellbeing support for its customers, Thompson explains, " AgeingWorks™ is a natural extension to the tools we already provide to employers and employees in the mental health, musculoskeletal and cancer space. As with our e-modules for HR and line manager training and our smart phone-ready employee assistance programme, this on demand, easy to use application is a particularly exciting addition to our online capability."