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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Perk or Shirk, 70% British employees admit job incentives motivate them
Mar27

Perk or Shirk, 70% British employees admit job incentives motivate them

From free gourmet food and bring in your pet day, to napping pods and haircuts on site; companies like Google offer a variety of incentives and benefits to employees. Unsurprisingly, Google hold a rating of 4.4/5 on Glassdoor, with 92% of its employees stating that they would recommend the company to a friend. Many organisations struggle with attracting and retaining suitable staff. With the nature of today’s competitive job...

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Losing an hour on Sunday?  What would you do with it if you got it back?
Mar24

Losing an hour on Sunday? What would you do with it if you got it back?

If people could recoup the hour they lose when the clocks go forward on 26 March, they would spend it ‘playing with the kids’ or ‘going for a walk’, says employee benefits firm Lemonade Reward. In a recent online poll, Lemonade Reward asked ‘what would you most like to do if you had an extra hour in the day’? The shared top answers were closely followed by ‘making a cup of tea’ and ‘reading a book’ – confirming the popularity of...

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Cridland Review recommends further increasing the state pension age
Mar23

Cridland Review recommends further increasing the state pension age

Today has seen the release of a Government-commissioned review by former Confederation of British Industry director general John Cridland into the state pension age. The Government has already announced plans to raise the state pension age from 65 to 66 by October 2020, and then to 67 by 2028.  Today’s report recommends that the state pension age be increased from 67 to 68 between 2037 and 2039  and also recommends abandoning...

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Salary Sacrifice: the changes employers need to implement before 6 April 2017
Mar23

Salary Sacrifice: the changes employers need to implement before 6 April 2017

In the 2016 Autumn Statement the government announced that as of the 6 April 2017 the Income Tax advantages for many benefits funded through salary sacrifice will be removed. Kevin O’Neill, Head of Health at Barnett Waddingham, explains outlines the detail for employers. When the draft legislation was published, no guidance was given to the impact on Group Income Protection and excepted Group Life schemes offered as a flexible...

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Group risk products to support mental health could reduce risk of suicide in the building and construction industry, says GRiD
Mar23

Group risk products to support mental health could reduce risk of suicide in the building and construction industry, says GRiD

Construction workers more likely to commit suicide than die in a fall Tragically, research has identified that people working in the construction industry are six times more more likely to die by suicide in the construction industry than from falls. At a time when the sector needs as much support as possible for the mental health of their staff, Group Risk Development (GRiD) – the industry body for the group risk industry –...

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