Press Cuttings (December 2021)



04 January 2022

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 December 2021 include;

What caused the talent crisis, and how can HR solve it?

There are many potential causes of the UK’s talent crisis and candidate shortages, but the bigger question is what can cash-strapped employers do to combat this situation?  Howden’s Steve Herbert adds some thoughts and context to this important article in People Management magazine.

Publication:  People Management

HR Review Podcast

Creating and supporting happy workplace teams has always been a key HR objective, but perhaps is even more essential today given the current health and economic challenges of the moment.  Mathew Gregson, Head of Corporate at Howden, adds commentary and thoughts to this edition of the HR Review podcast.

Publication:  HR Review

2021:  A review

The Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing Blog has covered a wide range of HR and employee benefits issues during 2021.  This article highlights some of the more significant posts of the last 12 months, many of which continue to be relevant as we enter 2022 (and beyond).

Publication:  The Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing Blog

Younger workers seek a better employment experience

Recent research suggests that younger workers would take a pay cut to work somewhere more rewarding.  Howden’s Steve Herbert adds some thoughts and context to these useful employment findings.

Publication:  HR Magazine

Fit Notes need improvements

A survey undertaken by Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing indicates that the much-maligned Fit Note continues to have an important role to play in managing absence, but improvements are needed to make the process more effective.

Publication:  Corporate Adviser Magazine

Seasonal employee concerns

Christmas and the New Year holidays are of course welcome, but there are some seasonal wellbeing concerns for employers to consider and mitigate.  This item includes some useful tips and best practice suggestions from Howden’s Mark Fosh.

Publication:  HR News

Pressure grows to support business as Omicron wave hits

Some sectors have been hit harder than others by the new government guidance and restrictions in response to the new threats posed by the Omicron variant.  This Personnel Today items looks at the challenges, and includes commentary from our own Steve Herbert.

Publication:  Personnel Today

The case for business protection

Recent research by insurer Legal & General provides some compelling statistics regarding the need for business protection insurances.  Howden investigate the numbers and encourage employers to revisit this important – but so often overlooked – element of business protection and planning.

Publication:  The Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing Blog

The Santa shortage

Steve Herbert concluded his 2021 contributions to the Employer News website with a seasonal look at the employment market, the global shortages of Father Christmas grotto workers, and why next Christmas might be far better than the last two.

Publication:  Employer News

From epidemic to endemic

The rise of the Omicron variant has lengthened the odds on an early end to the UK’s Covid-19 crisis.  Yet the Coronavirus Act – the legislation that has dominated all our lives since March 2020 – is due to expire in less than three months’ time.  This article looks at what this may mean for the United Kingdom and its employers.

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.  

Published 04/01/22

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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