Staff members with a stress-related disorder
require specialised care. Unfortunately, this type of treatment is quite fragmented, with long waiting times. Which is why AG offers
proactive, individually tailored assistance.
The Return To Work assistance programme provides
targeted guidance to get staff members with a stress-related condition (e.g. burnout syndrome)
fit for active duty again. We have been offering this service as an integral part of our
Income Care coverage since 2017.
In addition, our assistance programme is specifically designed to pick up where the new regulatory return-to-work measures leave off. For stress-related conditions, the statutory programme falls short in
two essential areas: treatment and the time factor. And this is where AG’s assistance programme fills in the gaps.
"Specialised treatment is just what staff members afflicted with burnout syndrome need! And it’s exactly what we deliver…"
(Dr. Pia Cox, Medical Manager)
Once the sick leave has been reported, it can take between
one and three months for the start phase, and the
average duration of a programme is five months. Participation is
on a purely voluntary basis. In other words, your staff member will always receive the offer but may accept or refuse to participate in the programme at any time.
Since the initial launch in 2017, our return-to-work programme has been hugely successful.
The number of programmes has doubled each year to reach a grand total of 2,115 in three years. This result also reflects the growing interest in Income Care income protection insurance.
Our Return To Work service clearly meets the needs of our participants.
72% of assistance programmes are successful. In practical terms,
a staff member on long-term sick leave for a stress-related disorder will be back in the workplace after six to eight months. This is a major achievement, as past history has shown that 50 % of staff members on sick leave due to a mental disorder are still not well enough to return to work two years later.
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As said, the success of Return To Work is also due to the growing interest in an income protection insurance. Research conducted by Vlerick Business School and AG shows that income protection insurance is one of the most highly valued fringe benefits among staff members.
Over 90% of employees members surveyed wish that their company would include income protection insurance in their salary package.