Press Cuttings (April 2021)



05 May 2021


There is a lot of news for HR professionals about at the moment, and the Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing experts seem to have some opinions and insights on quite a lot of it!

We therefore present a useful summary of just some of our more important recent coverage.  Topics we covered in April 2021 include;

Prescribing a solution to financial worries?

So what is “social prescribing”, how can it help employees in financial difficulties, and what more can employers do to support workers too?  Steve Herbert looks at this worthy new initiative.

Publication:  The Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing Blog

The top three international wellbeing challenges in a post-pandemic world

The global vaccination programme should help employers across the world return to something like business as usual in the months ahead.  But what then?  Howden’s Anna Spender and Adam Riley suggest that employers may need to do even more to support and retain their existing employees as well as attract the best talent. 

Publication:  REBA

Minor issues/ Major problems

With NHS waiting lists at record highs – and some routine treatments being delayed for more than a year – there is a real danger that relatively minor medical conditions might prevent employees hitting maximum productivity on their return to the physical workplace.  Steve Herbert takes a look at this key issues for businesses in his regular Employer News column.

Publication:  Employer News

Employers urged to promote stress awareness

April was “stress awareness month”, and accordingly Howden’s Anna Spender takes some time to address the workplace mental health challenges that may have arisen as a direct result of the pandemic.  This article includes 10 “top tips” on how to support employees in the areas of stress, mental health, and resilience.

Publication:  The HR Director

Bumps in the road?

The UK vaccination programme is delivering multiple benefits to the nation and its employers, but there may still be some bumps on the road to recovery.  Steve Herbert looks at the experience of COVID-19 around the world to provide some important context for employers and employees alike.

Publication:  The Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing Blog

HEBW partner with ICAEW

Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing (HEBW) has partnered with ICAEW who represent 180,000 chartered accountants and students worldwide.  This story covers the multiple benefits that this partnership will bring to employers and their employees within the accountancy sector, and includes commentary from Howden’s Richard Gould.

Publication:  Business in the News

Health and the return to work

After more than a year of furlough and/or home working its likely that not all employers will have a true understanding of the health of their workforce as they start to return them to the physical workplace.  Some observations and thoughts from Howden’s Steve Herbert.

Publication:  The Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing Blog

We hope the above summary is of use.  We will of course continue to update our followers on important media stories in the Employee Benefits and Human Resources space each month.

For more information on any of the above topics, please speak to your usual Howden Consultant in the first instance, or visit our website for other contact options. For the latest details on COVID-19 & Employee Benefits provision please visit our coronavirus hub.

(Published 05/05/21)

Steve Herbert

Steve is Head of Benefits Strategy, Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing, and is an award-winning thought leader on Pensions, Employee Benefits, and Human Resources issues. He is occasionally accused of making Employee Benefits interesting.

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