Employee Benefits

Our consultants can help you get the very best from your benefits budget

A top employee benefits consultancy in the UAE and GCC region.

At Howden, we have over 40 specialist consultants ready to support your aspirations for a healthy, happy and productive workforce with a customised benefits and wellbeing strategy. 

What are employee benefits?

An employee benefits & wellbeing program is a mix of company policies, insurance products, mental and physical care initiatives and internal staff communications. Getting employee benefits right means balancing the needs of the business, its people and budget.

The best way to achieve ROI from employee benefits is with clear, insightful data and technology, and a service provider who can deliver the right level of support.

Howden presents the most methodical, scientific approach to maximizing value for money from your employee benefits & wellbeing programs.

Our consultants are ready and waiting to help you with:

  • A tailored employee benefits and wellbeing plan
  • Optional benefits
  • Total reward statements
  • A communicable benefits strategy you can have confidence in
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If you already have an employee benefits package, why switch?

Many employee benefits offerings are inherited from a previous HR manager. Decisions on why the packages were set up that way are long forgotten. Bringing in a fresh pair of eyes, with deep experience and up-to-the-minute market knowledge can make a big difference to the value you can provide for your people. 

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Using claims analytics to solve business problems

We can help you introduce initiatives to improve the health of your workforce and reduce the root causes of claims. For example, deep claims analytics could reveal a lot of your claims relate back to stress. We can help you review the situation and find solutions, helping cut unnecessary stress to improve productivity and wellbeing at the same time.    

Speak to us about how other companies are using these insights. We're currently working with businesses in sectors including: 

  • FMCG
  • Construction
  • Hospitality
  • Consultancy
  • Trading
  • Manufacturing
  • Oil & Gas
  • Media
  • and many more. 
Communication is key – if employees don’t know, there’s no benefit to anyone

Is your team communicating the benefits offering well? In terms of attracting and retaining staff, communication is crucial – and frequently overlooked.

You cannot simply buy the employee benefits insurance and assume your work is done 

We are happy to run workshops and provide bespoke softcopies, even training your recruiters and hiring managers to ‘sell’ your company to prospective employees. 

More peace, less premium

The emphasis is always on quality rather than price – never cutting corners, always buying smart. The last thing we’d want to do a deal that’s cheap but has nasty surprises for your people when they try to claim.

    What makes a good benefits package?

    Group Life Assurance or ‘Death in Service’ as it is often known, pays out a lump sum (usually tax free) to your employees’ dependents should they die, for any reason.

    The lump sum is usually calculated as a multiple of the employee’s salary at the time of death.

    Providing this benefit can offer employees’ dependents a valuable cushion against immediate money worries following the death of a loved one.

    Income protection insurance provides employees with a replacement income when they cannot work for an extended period of time because of illness or injury. This sum is worked out as a percentage of their salary (often 75% of salary) and payments will continue until either the employee is well enough to return to work or they reach the end of the payment period insured under the policy. This may be a fixed number of years or until the employee reaches pension age.

    Simple to administer and cost-effective, it’s regarded as a core component of any successful benefits package and highly valued by employees.

    Critical illness insurance provides a tax-free lump sum to any employee diagnosed with a serious, life-threatening illness.

    The exact list of illnesses covered varies from provider to provider, but most are set up to cover the potentially life-changing conditions such as heart attacks, cancer, strokes, or Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

    Most policies will look to pay out within a month of the diagnosis for most conditions.

    Private Medical insurance helps employees be fast-tracked to diagnosis and treatment from experienced doctors and medical professionals – all in the comfortable surroundings of a private hospital.

    You pay a monthly premium and the policy pays out, up to specified cover limits, for private treatment for your employees. 

    A business benefits because staff can get back to prime health and work as quickly as possible. The workforce in general benefits because healthy employees don’t have to cover for co-workers who would otherwise be off sick for longer.

    Health Cash Plans differ from medical insurance because they are designed purely to reduce your employees’ everyday health expenses on a huge variety of things, from prescription lenses and health screenings to dental treatments, physiotherapy and some hospital expenses.

    Your employees, and their family members if you so wish, can typically get back between 50%-100% of the cost of routine healthcare treatment, up to a predefined limit. Workers simply pay the bill on the day and claim the money back.

    It’s a popular benefit with organisations large and small (for smaller organisations, it can be a cost-effective way to show you care without the larger outlay of Private Medical Insurance).

    Virtual GP services allow your employees and their family to talk to real doctors about their health worries, either on the phone or using Skype-style webcam services.

    Virtual GPs are fully qualified, experienced general practitioners who can diagnose, refer and prescribe, just the same as the family GP.

    Virtual GPs are popular with employees as they can get the medical advice they need, when they need it, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

    And they’re popular with employers because doctors’ appointments can be taken from the office or after work, minimising employee absence.

    Dental pain can put employees out of action overnight. And prolonged discomfort and anxiety around dental care can have a serious negative impact on individual performance.

    Dental insurance typically covers routine check-ups, as well as the costs of a wide variety of dental work, including dental accidents and emergencies. Treatments are usually carried out at either an NHS practice or at a private clinic.

    It’s a popular benefit amongst employees and can support your talent recruitment and retention efforts.

    There's a lot to consider when it comes to workplace pensions. Not least that you are operating a compliant and well-governed scheme. And importantly your employees are educated and aware of their pension benefits so they can plan for their retirement.

    We’re on hand to help with:

    • Pension scheme design and implementation
    • Scheme governance
    • Member guidance and communications

    Wellbeing strategies

    Wellbeing is now firmly on the agenda for ambitious companies. But without a strategic approach, company wellbeing initiatives can be ad hoc and hard to measure.

    Building data analytics into your wellbeing strategy lets you make evidence-based decisions, to ensure your strategy addresses the key health and wellbeing challenges that matter, to employees and the organisation.

     We can help you: 
    • Find reliable, accurate data sources
    • Track meaningful measurements
    • Interpret data into useful, actionable insights
    • Monitor and optimise plans as they evolve
    • Communicate your offerring in the right way at the right time

    We take the guesswork out of wellbeing, helping you create something your people value – and help your business realise a return on the investment, with a happier and healthier workforce.

    Financial education programmes

    Money worries are one of the main causes of stress amongst employees.  A financial education programme can help your workforce to:

    • Take control of their finances
    • Give them the tools to manage to financial unpredictability and unexpected expenses
    • Manage debt and plan for their financial future

    Our financial education programmes are aimed at creating confidence for your employees to make well-informed financial decisions and eliminate stress.

    Employee Assistance Programmes

    Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs) provide confidential access to services that help your people manage troubling times in their life.

    Employees can call 24 hours a day to get advice, information and counselling for anything from mental health, relationship problems and stress issues, to childcare, debt and legal worries.

    They’re becoming more and more popular as employers recognise the widespread prevalence of stress and mental health issues in modern life. 

    EAPs are very affordable and extremely easy to set up. They can help to combat absence rates and boost engagement levels. Line managers can use the service to answer concerns they might have about employment issues or employee health. They are a valuable component in meeting your duty of care responsibilities. 

    Beyond the usual, into the impressive

    All this and much more can be set up as a combination of the following:

    • A tailored employee benefits and wellbeing plan
    • Flexible benefits
    • Optional benefits
    • Total reward statements
    • A communicable benefits strategy you can have confidence in

    Employee benefits say a lot about your company and the emphasis you give to looking after your staff. The rise of employer reviews sites means job seekers and employees can now easily compare perks from one company to another.

    And of course, the best talent will always have options.

    If you’re serious about attracting talent and keeping the best people, our consultants can help you get the very best from your benefits budget, and really help you stand out in a crowd.

    What we do for you
    1. Carefully consider what’s right for your business, your people and your budget
    2. Research the market, dig into the detail and deliver what you need, when and how you need it 
    3. Help you avoid expensive mistakes 
    4. Closely align the benefits with your company culture and recruitment and retention efforts 
    5. Guide you through legislative and regulatory complexities
    6. Think beyond the usual solutions, focussing on your desired outcomes
    7. Communicate with your employees and help you bring your benefits to life
    8. Provide you with market-leading technology, so you’re in control of the data

    (Benefits are subject to policy terms and conditions) 

    Talk to an employee benefits specialist today

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    Our office locations:

    Latifa Towers
    East Wing – Level 1
    Trade Centre 1, Sheikh Zayed Road
    Dubai, U.A.E.
    P.O. Box 49195

    Howden Specialty
    Gate Village 5, Level 4, Office 401
    DIFC - Dubai, UAE
    P.O. Box 482078
    +971 4 223 9964

    Office 1701, Level 17
    City Gate Tower, Al Ettihad Street
    Sharjah, UAE

    Howden Guardian
    New EMI State Tower
    Office - 103 & 104
    Airport Road, Abu Dhabi - U.A.E.
    P.O. Box 51012
    +971 2 491 3777
    [email protected]

    Abu Dhabi
    Office - 1010, Level 10
    Al Obaid Office Tower, Airport Road
    Rashid Al Maktoum Street 2
    Abu Dhabi, UAE
    P.O. Box 44897

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