Fuller’s launches new health benefit for team members

Fuller’s, whose beers are brewed at the Griffin brewery in Chiswick, has launched a new health benefit package for its staff who work in their pubs and hotels.

Fuller, Smith and Turner have a good reputation for treating their staff well, but health benefits are more usually used in industry as a benefit for office staff. Extending it to even the lowest paid staff in pubs is seen as industry leading.

Paul Nunny, Director of Cask Marque, an independent assessor of quality cask ales, praised the initiative:

“This programme is industry leading – I don’t know of anyone else in the sector who has anything like this. It reflects the way Fuller’s looks after its employees.”

Team members from kitchen porters to deputy managers across Fuller’s Managed Pubs and Hotels will benefit from the scheme, which provides support for routine medical treatment, a virtual GP service, help with optician costs, dental plans, access to alternative and complementary therapies, and contributions to prescription costs.

The new healthcare benefit as part of a package of improvements to its pay and benefits, at a time when the hospitality industry is struggling to attract staff in a very difficult market.

Image above: The Pilot; The George IV, Fuller’s pubs in Chiswick

The new service is run in partnership with Medicash, a well-established healthcare cash plan. General Managers and Head Chefs at Fuller’s are already covered under Fuller’s existing private medical insurance, but the new scheme ensures that all pub and hotel team members, who have been with the company for at least 12 months, have access to a healthcare benefit.

The benefit in kind tax has also been absorbed by Fuller’s, to ensure the new scheme is totally free for its team members. Dependent children are automatically covered and partners can be added at the team member’s own cost.

Other improvements made in recent months to the Fuller’s benefits package include an improved staff discount that rises with tenure of service and the launch of a new platform called My Fuller’s, which brings all of the benefits on offer together in one place.

This includes access to a huge range of discounts on everything from shopping and leisure to gyms and insurance, a range of wellbeing services, the Fuller’s Give as you Earn scheme for those donating regularly to charities, improved parental leave, access to online learning tools and a link to Wagestream, a service that provides advanced access to wages when needed.

Dawn Browne, People and Talent Director at Fuller’s, said the new health benefit was something she was really proud of.

“If you want to work for a company that takes looking after its people seriously, Fuller’s is definitely the place where you belong.”

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