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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Benefits company share how the UK pictures happiness
Aug24

Benefits company share how the UK pictures happiness

Leading benefits consultancy, Barnett Waddingham, challenged the UK to put their photography skills to the test and capture their ultimate happiness in one image. Picture Happiness photographic competition forms part of a social study to find out what represents Eudaimonia (overall happiness) in the UK. People from across the country shared their favourite photographs of personal happiness and four winners fought off worthy...

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From floods to moving home, group risk is quietly helping employees and employers in unexpected ways
Aug16

From floods to moving home, group risk is quietly helping employees and employers in unexpected ways

Group risk, the suite of employer-sponsored insurance products designed to offer employees financial protection, is often considered an employee benefits staple but rarely exciting or ground-breaking, and commonly associated with large, unfortunate life events. However, many group risk products have superb in-built support services which can be massively beneficial to both staff and managers – if they know where to look and how...

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What is culture, anyway?
Aug10

What is culture, anyway?

Stephen Quinn, CEO and co-founder of Jobbio discusses the issue of culture – an oft used term that means different things to different people, and which five things he believes really make a difference to employment, engagement and retention. Culture, Culture, Culture. A word that’s being bandied about by companies big and small. It has come to light in recent years, that ‘culture’ is a key element of organisational success. You...

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Why employers need to communicate eyecare benefits to staff
Aug10

Why employers need to communicate eyecare benefits to staff

Jim Lythgow, director of strategic alliances at Specsavers Corporate Eyecare, explains why employer-funded eyecare offers healthcare benefits that extend beyond eyesight protection.  Statutory Eyecare Obligations For HR professionals, the requirements to provide company-funded eyecare should be well known. There are employer obligations for screen users, drivers and those needing safety eyewear. There are, however, many other reasons...

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Increased fines from Pensions Regulator highlights need to audit pension schemes for mistakes
Aug09

Increased fines from Pensions Regulator highlights need to audit pension schemes for mistakes

The Pension Regulator’s latest figures on auto-enrolment for the year up to 31st March revealed that it had significantly increased its inspections on businesses and it increased its use of powers to crack down on firms whose auto-enrolment schemes were found to be non-compliant. 153 employers were issued with a CCJ in 2016/17 The Pension Regulator used its powers 50,068 times in the year, compared to only 8,812 in the previous year....

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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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