Press Cuttings (August 2021)



02 September 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 August 2021 include;

Is now the time to rip up the benefits rule book?

Howden’s Matthew Gregson looks at why and how businesses should conduct a benefits review to design a successful strategy to inspire a healthy business culture.

Publication:  The HR Director

Homeworking:  From exception to rule

With the business challenges of the pandemic now receding, Steve Herbert believes it’s time for HR professionals to consider the real implications of mass homeworking.

Publication:  Employer News

Employee Benefits for a new type of expat

With the growth of flexible working many employees are now looking at remote working abroad.  So what new challenges does this pose for employers?  Howden’s expat benefits expert Adam Harding provides some useful thoughts and commentary on this development.

Publication:  Relocate Magazine

The case for employer-sponsored healthcare

NHS waiting lists are already at record highs, and are expected to grow significantly in the months and years ahead.  It follows that the case for employer-sponsored healthcare to reduce the duration of sickness absence has never been more obvious. 

Publication:  Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing Blog

Interview with Howden's Robbie Weston

Health & Protection Magazine spent some time with Howden's Robbie Weston to discuss a wide range of issues in the employee benefits and wellbeing space.  

Publication:  Health & Protection

How to manage Wellbeing as we return to work

The pandemic has exaggerated existing wellbeing issues, and created new ones too.  Howden’s Hazel Craig and Fiona Terry look at these issues and suggest some solutions.

Publication:  ICAEW

A time for retention?

Earnings on the increase, job vacancies at record highs, and some sectors even offering “joining bonuses”.  So what has driven this huge change to employment prospects in the UK?  Howden’s Steve Herbert takes an in-depth look at this important topic. 

Publication:  Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing Blog

HR Workloads could rocket as homeworking increases

Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing research has found that almost two thirds of HR professionals expect their workload to increase as a result of greater homeworking for employees.   

Publication:  Talent ID

How should companies re-imagine their benefits strategy?

Howden’s Matthew Gregson says many businesses will need to review and re-imagine their benefits and wellbeing strategy in light of the impact and changing work environment created by the pandemic.

Publication:  Business In the News

A toxic workplace culture?

A recent study suggests that 70% of employees have worked in a toxic workplace culture during their career.  Howden’s Steve Herbert highlights the wellbeing, engagement, productivity and retention risks of such a culture. 

Publication:  HR Magazine

Howden Appoint Global Employee Benefits Development Director

Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing have appointed Mark Ramsook as director of global employee benefits development for Europe and Latin America within its global employee benefits team.

Publication:  Corporate Adviser

How COVID-19 is changing the workplace health insurance landscape

Of the 31 million people in the UK workplace, only 10% are provided with Private Medical Insurance.  Does this need to change in light of growing NHS waiting lists?  Matthew Gregson writes on this important topic.

Publication:  REBA

Making the Fit Note fit for purpose

The Fit Note has been part of the UK employment landscape for more than a decade, but there is still much room for improvement.  Steve Herbert looks at the options.

Publication:  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 Howden’s coronavirus hub.

Published 02/09/21

Steve Herbert

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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