Tesco launches virtual GP appointments for colleagues
Tesco has expanded its investment in staff wellbeing with the introduction of virtual GP appointments.
For the first time, the supermarket’s benefits package will give staff members and their immediate family access to unlimited appointments with a GP, seven days a week. These will be conducted through an online video consultation or phone call.
In addition to offering advice and reassurance, GPs will be able to issue private prescriptions.
Staff will also benefit from an expanded range of wellbeing services through the supermarket’s Employee Assistance Programme. This will include access to sleep therapists, nutritionists, counsellors, exercise coaches and physiotherapists, with the services available 24 hours a day for instant advice and guidance.
The expansion of staff wellbeing services follows Tesco’s biggest-ever investment in colleague pay over the past year to bring the hourly rate to £11.02.
James Goodman, UK people director at Tesco, said: “We recognise how important it is to support our colleagues’ health and wellbeing, and to ensure they can access the services they need in a flexible way that fits around their work and personal lives.”
“With these enhanced colleague wellbeing services, we hope to help colleagues take positive steps to look after their wellbeing and when they need help, they will get fast and simple access to support.”
“This is a direct investment in the health of our colleagues, which we hope will also support them to be at their very best and continue to do a brilliant job serving our customers.”
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