“Most farmers nowadays are very concerned about the health of not only their family, but also the people that work on the farm,” says Marcia le Roux, sales executive at Agility Agri.
“Many future-focused farmers are thinking about how they can take care of people that work for them but also ensure that if something happens, they have somewhere to go and that they are supported by a medical scheme.”
This sentiment has been particularly true after the black swan events of 2020 that have brought home the importance of our health, both physically and mentally.
There has been a great need for tailored healthcare solutions not only within our country, but also within the agricultural sector, Le Roux believes. There is a need for both the employer and employee to regain control and customise their cover to suit their financial and lifestyle needs.
“We’ve also seen over this year that downgrades have become a definite industry trend. It is important for the farmer to have a look at what is available in terms of healthcare coverage that is purposely designed for the agricultural sector,” Le Roux stresses in The HEALTH SQUARED Agri Update, a brand-new 13-week series on Food For Mzansi.
Benefits for future-focused farmers
Agility Agri offers the industry’s most advanced and flexible solution to manage human capital risks effectively. Their health cover service allows for proper integration of products and services, measurable and tangible return on investment, fully personalised services as well as tailor-made solutions, end-to-end product and service offerings and integrated reporting.
“At the end of the day this provides an ultimate outcome for a healthier, more effective and more loyal workforce, improved industrial relations within the industry, reduced absenteeism and inevitably an increase in productivity,” says Le Roux.
The availability of a health card savings vehicle allows farmers’ employees to build their own healthcare savings solution where they have full control over their monthly contributions. Farmers can also design their own employee well-being program where they are able to choose benefits and solutions that are required within their specific workforce, such as absenteeism management, HIC campaigns, and face-to-face counseling.
Agility Agri’s free employee well–being program provides employers with the opportunity to provide access to fundamental well-being points for their staff, helping the take care of their own personal needs.
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“The income level doesn’t matter because HEALTH SQUARED has a variety of options designed for the agriculture sector to ensure we cover all income levels,” says Le Roux.
“We also have the three primary health care solutions which are ideal for lower-income staff. So, no matter the size of your employee workforce, we will be able to provide you with an integrated solution.”
HEALTH SQUARED provides solutions for seven retirement funding investment portfolios where farmers can choose their own group risk benefit. Two rewards programs are available, which can benefit the employers as well as the employees with free rewards, as well as a complementary employee wellness core programme which has become fundamental within the workplace.
“With the Agility Agri HEALTH SQUARED solution employers can build their own, unique coverage programme from a comprehensive range of products and services,” says Le Roux.
‘Your human capital risk management solution should be as unique as your organisation and the employees that work for you.’
Agility Agri’s solutions range from ten medical scheme options, ideally positioned across all income levels, as well as six gap and co-pay products suited for an individual or for an employer group. They cater for free primary healthcare solutions which are ideally positioned for lower-income staff.
This ability to design a product or solution which uniquely combines savings options with a traditional benefit structure allows Agility Agri to offer a single, fully coordinated service that eliminates multiple contact points. This can save on a lot of time and resource expenditure for HR departments.
Agility Agri is very well known within the agricultural sector, and for good reason! With customisable plans focused on solutions specifically for the agri sector, they have the expertise and knowledge to assist farmers in getting the right benefit and structure that suits them.
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