Housing and debt the biggest financial concern for our employees
Aug03

Housing and debt the biggest financial concern for our employees

Research by Jelf Employee Benefits shows that over 70% of employers believe their staff are distracted by personal financial problems A survey of employers in England and Wales by intermediary Jelf Employee Benefits highlights the damage to work and productivity caused by employees’ personal financial problems. The research, undertaken in the first half of 2017, surveyed more than 300 employers in private, public and third sector...

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Lack of sickness absence provisions leaving UK workers on financial cliff-edge
Aug03

Lack of sickness absence provisions leaving UK workers on financial cliff-edge

A new report has revealed that UK employees are at risk of a severe financial shock in the event of ill-health, with many being unable to pay their household bills for more than six to eight weeks. The report, from health and wellbeing provider BHSF, titled ‘A high wire with no safety net’, details the perilous state of many employee’s finances, with 37 percent admitting that they could not pay their bills in the event of ill health...

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When returning to work isn’t easy –  a surveyor’s story
Jul27

When returning to work isn’t easy – a surveyor’s story

Women’s maternity rights often dominate the news – but even in a supportive company, where rights are respected, returning to work is not always easy, especially in the male dominated world of surveying. Marion Ellis BSc (Hons) MRICS shares how her experience has led her to champion support for other women in the industry. It took my very own mini Arianna Huffington moment after returning to work from maternity leave to...

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Improving employee benefits through nutrition
Jul27

Improving employee benefits through nutrition

By Emma Davidson, Area Retail Manager – City of London, Express Vending   Many employers now rank improving employee wellness as a top priority. However, even in light of this only 183 companies in the UK have signed up to the Department of Health’s Public Health Responsibility Deal. The average British adult consumes a third of their daily calories during working hours, making it imperative for employers to encourage their...

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Musculoskeletal issues dominating UK health data
Jul27

Musculoskeletal issues dominating UK health data

Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), says that an analysis of the private medical insurance (PMI) data of over 45,000 UK employees at four of its largest clients, shows that the highest claims are for musculoskeletal issues – almost double those for cancer related illness. In a study of reports from private medical insurers (PMI), Aon found that 31% of claims were for musculoskeletal...

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GRiD: How employers can help staff recover from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Jul27

GRiD: How employers can help staff recover from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Supporting staff through traumatic events is not often the primary reason that employers purchase group risk products or Employee Assistance Programmes. However, support services are available within many group risk policies but most are hugely under-utilised according to GRiD, the body representing the group risk industry. Katharine Moxham, spokesperson for Group Risk Development, (GRiD) explained:  “We are living in a fairly...

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Seven crucial conversations HR Managers should have with their employee benefits provider
Jul20

Seven crucial conversations HR Managers should have with their employee benefits provider

Katherine Moxham from GRiD, the industry body for group risk discusses the important questions employers need to ask their benefits provider. GRiD, the industry body for group risk, is highlighting that HR Managers, advisers and insurers should not ‘assume knowledge’ on each other’s behalf, and that a truly open conversation will be significantly advantageous for both employers and their staff.  This is especially the case for SMEs...

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Employers urged to consider ‘vulnerable employees when’ selecting benefits package
Jul20

Employers urged to consider ‘vulnerable employees when’ selecting benefits package

More employers need to ask employee benefit providers about how they deal with ‘vulnerable customers’, according to RedArc Nurses, following an occasional paper from the FCA two years ago calling for financial institutions to put a strategy in place. The company believes this is particularly important for employers offering insurance-related benefits because insurance providers are much more likely to encounter vulnerable people on a...

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Should HR encourage staff to take sick days for mental health?  We ask the experts
Jul20

Should HR encourage staff to take sick days for mental health? We ask the experts

A recent response from a CEO to a worker who was taking leave for mental health reasons has recently gone viral. The story concerns an email from a worker where she told her team she was taking time off work for mental health reasons. Her CEO responded to this email thanking her for sending the message as it provided a reminder that taking time for mental health is important.   Mental health issues on the rise A recent survey...

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New data shows employee wellbeing rising up UK corporate agenda
Jul20

New data shows employee wellbeing rising up UK corporate agenda

Impact and evaluation of wellbeing also increases in large UK organisations Stress and time management programmes increase in the UK Overtime discouraged in more European and global organisations Global data from the Top Employers Institute shows that employee wellbeing in the UK has risen up the corporate agenda with 82% of many large companies consistently defining an organisation-wide total wellbeing programme in 2017, increasing...

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Announcement: State Pension age to rise 7 years earlier than planned
Jul19

Announcement: State Pension age to rise 7 years earlier than planned

The Work and Pensions Secretary, David Gawke, has announced that millions of people in their late 30s and early 40s will have to work for an extra year after an official review recommended pushing up the state pension age (SPA) more quickly than previously planned.  The Secretary has previously stated that he believes the “triple lock” is unsustainable. The Cridland report stated that the age for state pensions should rise...

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Punter Southall Aspire Appoints Senior DC Consultant Stuart Arnold to drive business growth

Punter Southall Aspire, the new workplace savings and pensions business, has appointed Stuart Arnold as a senior DC Consultant in a newly created role.  Stuart will help build the company’s trust-based proposition and client portfolio and support new and existing clients and trustees with pensions governance challenges.    Stuart joins from Willis Towers Watson, where he started his career a graduate actuarial student over nine years...

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Welsh workplace creche sell off slammed by GMB
Jul13

Welsh workplace creche sell off slammed by GMB

Trade Unions GMB and Unison have slammed the University of South Wales for its decision set to sell off staff working at the University’s popular creche facility based at the Treforest Campus. The facility provides vital nursery places to 100 children from the local community, staff and students, who have campaigned vigorously since March this year after the University threatened closure and the withdrawal of  a £142,000 subsidy...

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Jam Sandwiches – the employees you should care about
Jul12

Jam Sandwiches – the employees you should care about

Katrina McMahon at Personal Group explains why HR should be looking after the ‘jam sandwiches’ – and not just at lunchtime! Just when you thought you had got to grips with the Boomers, Gen Xer, Millennials and Gen Z’s, HR experts identified a host of new groups of employees facing very particular challenges in your workforce. Although it can be difficult to keep track sometimes, it is so important for business...

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HR Managers & business owners should be ‘mindful of the pension perception gap’
Jul12

HR Managers & business owners should be ‘mindful of the pension perception gap’

New research reveals that employers are in danger of underestimating the value employees place on their workplace pension benefit. hibob, a leading cloud-based HR and benefits platform, this week released part one of its UK Employee Benefits – State of the Nation 2017 series that analyses employee and employer perceptions around pensions – and it seems that employers are getting it wrong. The research found that: 67%...

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