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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Daredevil office workers take zip wire challenge over at Chiswick Park, West London
Jul06

Daredevil office workers take zip wire challenge over at Chiswick Park, West London

Chiswick Park Enjoy-Work is helping to put a smile on faces of its guests and employees at their West London business community with its regular events strategy. However, even for a work community used to events and perks designed to make work fun, last week saw a whole new challenge. The latest event saw office workers braving a a giant 300 metre zip wire, running the entire length of the park, giving office workers the opportunity...

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Maternity leave around the world –
Jul05

Maternity leave around the world –

Ever wondered how the UK compares on maternity leave and benefits? Instant Offices have taken a closer look at what maternity leave looks like around the world, and how the UK fares against our international neighbours. Which Countries have the most maternity leave?   COUNTRY DAYS WAGES PAID PROVIDER   1.       SWEDEN 480 80% SOCIAL INSURANCE 2.       CROATIA 365+ 100% HEALTH INSURANCE FUND (until 6 months) – rest paid by...

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Stress in the City – calls for finance industry to tackle widespread stress
Jun29

Stress in the City – calls for finance industry to tackle widespread stress

Firms need to show bravery and openness to address the problems with stress and mental health in the city, say the Health Insurance Group. They claim that unknowns surrounding so-called hard Brexit, dwindling job security, increased regulatory scrutiny and long working hours are taking a toll on the mental health of those working in the city’s financial sector. The global financial crisis, the resulting meltdown, and the subsequent...

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Four in ten millenials have no pension provision
Jun28

Four in ten millenials have no pension provision

Four in ten millennials have no pension provision, new research from YouGov reveals. The Bridging the Young Adults Pension Gap report indicates that 44% of 18-34 year olds say they have no pension provision whatsoever compared to around a fifth of 35-54s (22%) and over-55s (20%). YouGov’s study reveals the extent to which under-35s have a poor knowledge of pensions. Approaching three in ten (27%) say they simply don’t know understand...

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Want to give a “thank you” gift to staff? Forget cash! Wine and dine them instead, study reveals
Jun28

Want to give a “thank you” gift to staff? Forget cash! Wine and dine them instead, study reveals

Organisations that provide staff with a personalised “thank you” gift rather than cash and gift cards are more likely to achieve “excellent” value for money, according to the latest study from the O.C. Tanner Institute. While cash is the most commonly used staff gift, Global HR leaders don’t see it as being that effective at adding value. Instead, personalised gifts such as a meal out, a treat or a symbolic award deliver the greatest...

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Expats most commonly relocate for better career opportunities
Jun28

Expats most commonly relocate for better career opportunities

New research by AXA’s global healthcare specialist provider of international medical insurance has revealed that, when asked to give their top reasons for moving abroad, almost a third (30 per cent) of expats said that they relocated for better career opportunities and a quarter (23 per cent) listed increased pay and benefits. A further 15 per cent relocated for an improved work/life balance, while 14 per cent moved for a better...

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