Allstate Northern Ireland is celebrating again after receiving the Investors in People Health & Wellbeing Award recently, this in addition to the Investors in People Gold Status that the company had previously received in 2009. Golf, Badminton, Football, Yoga, Surfing, Cycling, Gym, Rambling, these are only some of the sports clubs that are on offer at Allstate Northern Ireland which allow employees to maintain a healthy worklife balance.
This award recognizes the time and resources that Allstate invests in health & well-being strategies, initiatives and activities. The assessment required the company to provide a detailed report outlining company activities around 10 particular indicators as follows: Health & Well-Being Strategies and Resources, People Management Strategies, Leadership & Management Strategies, Management Effectiveness, Recognition & Reward, Involvement & Empowerment, Effective Health & Well-Being, Performance Measurement and Continuous Improvement.
Stephen Farry, Minister for Employment and Learning presenting the Investors in People, Health and Wellbeing Award to Deirdre Doherty and Melissa Whyte from Allstate Strabane.
Allstate NI's health and wellbeing strategy takes into consideration 4 key areas: Your Money, Your Community, Your Health and Your Benefits. Employees are invited to attend health and wellbeing information sessions in the office which includes financial planning clinics at work, NI Chest, Heart & Stroke advice, flu jabs, Quit to Commit — the smoking cessation class, weight loss programmes, Action Cancer, back care clinics and much more.
This is in addition to the competitive benefits package that the company provides employees including Dental, Medical, Death in Service, Income Protection, Contributory gym membership, Flu Vaccination, Eye care, Buckle Up Baby, Bonus of up to 6%, Sick Pay Scheme and Company Contributory Pension scheme.
Employees raise substantial funds for local charities each year as well as volunteering their time and talent to make a difference in their local communities, in programmes such as Business in the Community's Time to Compute, Time to Read, Silver Surfers' Day and Allstate's own X the TXT — Don't Text and Drive initiative.
Bro McFerran, Managing Director at Allstate Northern Ireland commented "As a major employer in Northern Ireland, we understand the importance of health and wellbeing for our employees in helping us to retain and recruit the best talent to our organization. We have a saying at Allstate that it's not just a job it's a way of life, we want to make it easy for our employees to have a good worklife balance that revolves around their family or leisure activities. We know that those employees in turn are more engaged, loyal and happy in their work. This leads to reduced absenteeism and higher employee retention, allowing us to keep the knowledge capital that we have built over the years."