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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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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