What really works in workplace wellness
Apr06

What really works in workplace wellness

An international review of evidence on workplace learning shows workplace training specifically designed to improve wellbeing is effective. Majority of techniques had a positive impact The study, from the What Works Centre for Wellbeing, reveals that regardless of what kind of training is used, the majority of techniques had a positive impact: from mindfulness to problem solving, life skills to happiness.   Training to improve...

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New financial product available from today – but 40% of UK don’t know what a LISA is!
Apr06

New financial product available from today – but 40% of UK don’t know what a LISA is!

As the Lifetime ISA (LISA) comes in to affect, Barnett Waddingham’s latest financial study reveals financial priority concerns and knowledge shortfalls amongst the UK. 65% of Brits admit to losing sleep over their finances 36% reveal their main financial priority is to save for a house The Lifetime ISA (LISA) comes into effect in April 2017 and only 40% of people are aware of what this offers 45% said they might contribute more to...

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Employers ‘must recognise the importance of LGBT benefits in the modern workforce’
Apr05

Employers ‘must recognise the importance of LGBT benefits in the modern workforce’

Mercer survey finds one third of organisations globally do not have a designated D&I program for LGBT employees 75% of Western European companies say legal restrictions prevent them from offering equal benefits to LGBT employees Companies based in the UK attribute the lack of equal benefits on the absence of capable vendors The expansion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights and awareness has had profound...

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Aon warns 6 April changes are likely to impact all employers in at least one way
Apr05

Aon warns 6 April changes are likely to impact all employers in at least one way

Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), has said that the measures introduced in this year’s Budget could create significant and costly changes for employers, unless they take urgent action. The measures come into effect on 6 April, resulting from the Finance (No. 2) Bill 2017 which was published on the 20 March. It is likely all employers will be affected by at least one of the changes...

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More than one in five Brit workers are not saving for a pension
Apr05

More than one in five Brit workers are not saving for a pension

A new survey has revealed the extent of the looming pension crisis in the UK, as 21 per cent of British workers have no pension savings. Of those that do, eighty per cent had no idea how much they will need in their pension pot when it comes to retiring. The remainder hazard a guess that £275,000 will allow them to afford a comfortable retirement. The poll of 2,000 full time workers showed that only a quarter of those with a pension...

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Soft-hair Europe: the office becomes the salon in the latest tech-co perk
Apr04

Soft-hair Europe: the office becomes the salon in the latest tech-co perk

When it comes to unusual and inventive employee incentives, tech companies are often seen to rule the roost. From the midday siesta in a nap pod at Google, to Facebook’s on-site healthcare facilities it’s easy to see why. It’s therefore no surprise to discover that within a few minutes of entering Software Europe’s head office in Lincoln you can grab a can of Shandy Bass out of the vending machine, catch a game of...

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15% of company dress codes have gone casual – but are slippers a fur-lined step in the wrong direction?
Apr03

15% of company dress codes have gone casual – but are slippers a fur-lined step in the wrong direction?

Many companies in Sweden are adopting a “no shoe” policy and wearing slippers to work instead Research shows that smart workwear is on the decline, with just 5% dressing “very smart” and 15% going completely casual A leading UK workwear provider has published a guide to help staff navigate and master different dress codes, without it affecting their productivity The slipperati are coming! According to recent reports, start-up...

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HR feeling the strain from pensions complaints
Mar31

HR feeling the strain from pensions complaints

One in three HR executives have seen a rise in pension complaints Compliance and regulatory concerns worry 35% of HR departments HR departments are coming under increased pressure from employee concerns about company pension schemes, new research* from employee benefits consultancy Portus shows. They are facing a combination of increased complaints about pension fund performance as well as increased interest from staff about pension...

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As state bereavement benefits change, GRiD reminds employers to check provisions within group life assurance
Mar30

As state bereavement benefits change, GRiD reminds employers to check provisions within group life assurance

From 6 April this year, the new Bereavement Support Payment will replace the current suite of State bereavement benefits (Bereavement Payment, Bereavement Allowance and Widowed Parent’s Allowance). On the face of it, the changes appear to be beneficial, with a refocus on the additional and more immediate costs of bereavement support for the 18-month period immediately following the bereavement (rather than for 12 months), and no loss...

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Is Personal Debt The Missing Piece Of The UK’s Work  Performance Puzzle?   
Mar30

Is Personal Debt The Missing Piece Of The UK’s Work Performance Puzzle?  

In recent years, economists have noticed a worrying trend of poor productivity in industries across the UK. The effect of reduced productivity is having a detrimental impact on the UK economy in general and is now becoming a major concern for economists and policy makers. Data collected from a variety of industries across the UK reveal a downturn in work performance. However, as productivity varies from sector to sector, it is...

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The new tax-free childcare scheme – the winners and losers
Mar29

The new tax-free childcare scheme – the winners and losers

Getting to grips with the new kid on the block The launch of the Government’s new tax-free childcare scheme means workers now have more ways to pay for childcare. In order to help employers and their staff assess who’s likely to benefit from the scheme and who’s better off staying put with existing options, such as childcare vouchers, employee benefits firm, Lemonade Reward has looked at the stats. Basic rate taxpayer couple Working...

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Article 50 triggered: CIPD calls on UK to address immigration & worker rights as soon as possible
Mar29

Article 50 triggered: CIPD calls on UK to address immigration & worker rights as soon as possible

As the Prime Minister, Teresa May triggers Article 50 today, Peter Cheese, Chief Executive of the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, issued the following statement: “The triggering of Article 50 marks the start of a process that we expect to have significant implications for our immigration policy and access to EU migrant workers, as well as other possible changes to our employment legislation and frameworks....

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UK workers increasingly value health cash plans over other benefits, finds annual index
Mar28

UK workers increasingly value health cash plans over other benefits, finds annual index

Health cash plans have become the second most popular benefit in the country behind contributory pensions, according to the 2017 Willis Towers Watson Employee Benefits and Wellbeing Index. The annual index, which explores worker attitudes to employee benefits, found that 12% of respondents valued health cash plans the most – two-thirds (66%) of whom earn less than the national average salary. The results see cash plans leapfrog both...

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Shock as 48% of staff say they are ‘unhappy’ at work
Mar27

Shock as 48% of staff say they are ‘unhappy’ at work

Personal Group, a leading provider of employee services in the UK, has unveiled the findings of its Hapi Survey as part of an upcoming report on The Business of Engagement: Improving Productivity through People. The results show that a shocking 48 percent of employees are not often happy at work and that almost one in five are rarely or never happy at work. When considered alongside the research from the University of Warwick that...

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Despite money worries, staff rate financial planning as exciting as putting out the bins
Mar27

Despite money worries, staff rate financial planning as exciting as putting out the bins

With summer almost in sight, Lemonade Reward reports that for employees, sprucing up the home and garden will take top priority over sorting personal finances this March; a task which it says is as popular as ‘putting out the bins’. In its ‘spring clean’ online poll*, the employee benefits firm found 73% of staff have set aside a personaltask for spring; their top three chores are sprucing up the garden, de-cluttering the house/window...

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