Press Cuttings (June 2021)



02 July 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 June 2021 include;

Half of employers may need to extend Employee Benefits provision

A recent survey by Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing has identified that nearly 1 in every 2 employers will need to improve or extend employee benefits to build a policy resilient to future health threats.  Matthew Gregson and Steve Herbert comment on these findings.

Publication:  London Loves Business

The anxiety of workplace return

Steve Herbert investigates employee anxieties about returning to the physical workplace, and explores some options as to how employers can combat those concerns.

Publication:  Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing Blog

A data-driven approach to pensions

Howden’s Head of Corporate, Matthew Gregson, explains how a data-driven approach to pension savings can encourage employees to become more engaged with their retirement savings and take ownership of their eventual outcomes too.

Publication:  Professional Pensions

Is HR on the verge of a talent exodus?

More than half of Human Resources Directors (HRDs) have indicated that they are seeking to move from their current roles to smaller organisations after the pandemic.  Steve Herbert, adds some useful context to these headline findings.

Publication:  HR Magazine

Turn off screens to improve mental health

Employee mental health is still a major headwind for employers, and one idea to improve this measure is to encourage people away from their screens.  Howden’s Hazel Craig contributes to this debate as part of a Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) discussion on improving mental wellbeing.

Publication:  Recruiter

All aboard:  Flexible season tickets

Steve Herbert takes a look at the recently proposed flexible season tickets for train travel, and suggests that such a move may be important to support flexible and home working in the months and years ahead.

Publication:  Employer News

Employee ill-health

The easing of national restrictions has sparked a huge uptick in first appointments made at GP surgeries in recent months – and this will doubtless lead to further pressures on an already strained NHS later in the year.  This item looks at this story and suggests some simple steps that employers can take to reduce absence and lost productivity.

Publication:  Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing Blog

Will flexible working become a permanent default for employees?

Recent speculation that flexible working will become a default option for all workers has been dismissed by government sources.  Yet there is clear evidence that both employers and employees are moving ever closer to this new working model.  Steve Hebert adds some pragmatic comment to this key debate.

Publication:  Daily Business Now

Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures on homeworking

So why are employers beginning to embrace homeworking?   ONS figures explain the thinking of so many organisations, and Steve Herbert highlights steps that employers may need to take to assist those employees working flexibly.

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 our coronavirus hub.

(Published 02/07/21)

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.

Steve Herbert

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