Five steps for SME business owners to create bespoke employee benefits programme
Mar20

Five steps for SME business owners to create bespoke employee benefits programme

Guest blog from Punter Southall Health and Protection Punter Southall Health & Protection has launched a new five-step guide to help SMEs create an employee benefits programme tailored to their business, workforce and budget. The guide is aimed at businesses launching an employee benefits programme for the first time and those reviewing their current offering. The announcement follows new research from MetLife UK[i] which...

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3 simple staff appreciation ideas
Mar19

3 simple staff appreciation ideas

It’s never been more evident just how crucial recognition is in the workplace. Recognising and appreciating your employees boosts morale, drives engagement, improves retention, and more. We say it time and time again (it’s part of our ethos); it’s all about the people. So, how do you go about transforming your company culture and start incorporating acts of recognition into your company’s daily routine? Here are our 3 top tips....

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Are you paying enough – or too much?
Mar05

Are you paying enough – or too much?

No-one likes to talk about when they earn. This may be because it could feel like bragging, or because people don’t want to be seen as not earning enough. But whatever the case, it can can cause problems for anyone in HR. The problem for existing employees There is obviously a problem for you when you are dealing with your existing workforce. What really is the going rate for the job they do? If they believe they are not being paid...

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Is your business prepared for workplace Christmas celebrations?
Dec19

Is your business prepared for workplace Christmas celebrations?

Nearly all employers are planning a workplace Christmas celebration, but only one in three has a policy to ensure good conduct at Christmas events, according to research by XpertHR. XpertHR’s survey of 262 employers across all sectors of the economy found that almost all (98.1%) are planning a workplace Christmas celebration in 2018. More than three-quarters (76.7%) of employers plan to throw a company-wide or departmental Christmas...

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Forget The Beer Fridge! Knitting And Book Clubs Top The List Of Most In Demand Workplace Perks
Oct23

Forget The Beer Fridge! Knitting And Book Clubs Top The List Of Most In Demand Workplace Perks

TRADITIONAL employee benefits like flexi-time and sabbaticals are declining in popularity, giving way to a growing demand for social and learning-based perks.   A study of 2,315 UK workers published in the 2018 Great Perk Search Report by Perkbox, the UK’s fastest growing employee benefits platform, employees are increasingly keen for companies to offer them clubs and activities that they can enjoy with their colleagues, such as...

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The carrot, not the stick: Rewarding good behaviour gets the best results
Sep03

The carrot, not the stick: Rewarding good behaviour gets the best results

Guest Blog by Iain Thomson, Director of Incentive and Recognition at Sodexo Engage   Wheely, the chauffer service app, recently announced an incentive for new employees. People joining from competitors will get a weekly retainer so long as they keep a five-star driver ranking. But as soon as it dips to 4.9, they’ll lose the incentive. At first glance, this might seem like a good idea; new staff will be pushing to keep hold of...

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Benefits And Rewards Failing 3 in 5 UK Employees
Jul12

Benefits And Rewards Failing 3 in 5 UK Employees

Three out of five (61%) employees aren’t satisfied with the benefits and rewards their employers offer, according to the latest research by Sodexo Engage.   The same research* also found that one in five (19%) employees felt that the benefits and rewards on offer aren’t relevant to them at all. The results, based on a survey of 2,000 UK employees, highlight the fact that businesses across the UK are investing in, and...

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Only two-fifths of UK employees are happy with their workplace benefits
May09

Only two-fifths of UK employees are happy with their workplace benefits

Only 40% of UK workers appreciate the benefits they receive from their employer, new research has revealed. Despite just two fifths of the employees saying their benefits meet their needs, almost two thirds (61%) of employers believe employees are happy with their benefits package, according to Willis Towers Watson’s Benefit Preferences report, part of its Global Benefits Attitudes Study.   As well as highlighting a disconnect...

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Are You One Of The UK’s Happiest Workers?
Feb22

Are You One Of The UK’s Happiest Workers?

Older male workers employed by microbusinesses within marketing, communications or advertising are happier at work than any other age group, according to new research.   A survey of 1,024 UK workers, by workplace incentives and rewards provider, One4all Rewards, and published in The 2018 Happiness Survey, surveyed employees from different age groups, genders and industries, asking them to score how happy they are in their current...

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How good employers can offer staff a flu-free Christmas
Nov16

How good employers can offer staff a flu-free Christmas

  Anyone who has ever experienced true influenza or ‘flu’ will understand just how debilitating it can be. But effects of flu extend further than an individual – employers are often also left counting the cost of staff being off sick for extended periods of time.   It is estimated that the flu costs UK businesses in the region of 7.6 million working days – worth a whopping £1.35 billion to the UK economy.   A growing...

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20 – the golden age of demotivation
Oct03

20 – the golden age of demotivation

20 year olds are the least motivated workers in Britain a new study has revealed.   Key work turn-offs that make 20 the golden age of demotivation include little work/life balance (33%), too much stress (25%), workplace bureaucracy (22%), conflict and tension (20%). Scoring just 5.9 out of a maximum ten, these young Gen Z-ers are also demotivated by job insecurity and uncertainty, and the team they work with.     The...

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The bigger a business becomes, the more business professionals rely on staff to help drive everything forward
Sep13

The bigger a business becomes, the more business professionals rely on staff to help drive everything forward

A new report released today has revealed the priorities for bosses when it comes to retaining staff and keeping them positive in the workplace.   The new study of 750 senior business professionals by Arch Apprentices provided an insight into employee retention – uncovering how to have a happy and productive workforce. Enabling employees to learn new skills was top of the list (73%) – followed closely by promotions (67%) and pay...

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JCP Solicitors Secures Green Light for Industry’s First ‘Community Hub’ for Staff in Wales
Sep08

JCP Solicitors Secures Green Light for Industry’s First ‘Community Hub’ for Staff in Wales

  Wales’ largest regional law firm will become the first of its kind in Wales to offer a staff a ‘Community Hub’ after securing planning permission to extend its Swansea headquarters in a move which will also secure more than 50 jobs. JCP Solicitors, which has nine offices throughout South and West Wales, has been given the green light to build an onsite crèche, gym and café by expanding into the building next door to its headquarters...

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Identifying and nurturing internal talent
Sep07

Identifying and nurturing internal talent

Guest Blog from Anja Henschel-Idriss, Head of People Operations at Portico, discussing succession planning and how to identify internal talent. Succession planning has become a core part of many businesses’ management and development programmes, and is key to our HR approach at Portico. With the industry projecting a potential decline in recruitment following Brexit and The British Hospitality Association claiming it could take up to...

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Cycle to Work Day returns to celebrate its 5th anniversary
Aug24

Cycle to Work Day returns to celebrate its 5th anniversary

Cycle to Work Day, the annual event encouraging workers across the UK to take to two wheels for their commute, will celebrate its 5th anniversary this September 13th. The event invites employers as well as individuals to sign up and reap the potential benefits of active commuting—among them, increased workplace productivity, lower rates of sick leave and improved wellbeing. Established by Cyclescheme, a leading UK cycle to work...

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