Press Cuttings (March 2021)



01 April 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 March 2021 include;

The Spring 2021 Budget

So what does Rishi Sunak’s second Budget statement mean for the world of Employee Benefits?  Matthew Gregson and Steve Herbert review and comment on the changes.

Publication:  The Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing Blog

Howden offer specialist support services for employees with Long Covid

Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing - in partnership with RedArc, the Group’s nurse support service - is offering a new service to help Long Covid sufferers manage their symptoms and aid their recovery.  Cheryl Brennan and Christine Husbands provide insights to this useful new service.

Publication:  onrec

Learning the lessons

A recent BBC Panorama special compared the responses of different nations and regions to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Steve Herbert searches for the areas of good practice, and highlights three key messages for employers.

Publication:  The Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing Blog

The seven deadly sins

So what are the seven deadly sins of workplace financial wellbeing, and what are the seven virtues that can help?  An in-depth look at this important and increasingly relevant topic from Howden’s Matthew Gregson.

Publication:  REBA

“Deskless” Workers and Engagement

A recent survey suggests that remote workers feel that they don’t get enough direct communications and support from their employer.  Steve Herbert adds some thoughts to this debate, and suggests that technology and benefit platforms may be the answer.

Publication:  HR Magazine

International Women’s Day:  Health & Wellbeing at Work

So what can employers do to support the health of their female workers, and has the last 12 months made this issue more pressing?  Howden’s Cheryl Brennan and RedArc’s Christine Husbands provide some useful insights on International Women’s Day.

Publication:  Business in the news

Long Covid:  An update

Long Covid is increasingly being recognised as a major problem in the United Kingdom and across the world.  Steve Herbert studies the evidence and provides some useful pointers for employers to help manage this new workplace health issue.

Publication:  Employer News

The return to work?

Not everyone wants to return to the physical workplace, even after the government guidance allows it to begin.  This article looks at the evidence, and how employers can support employees in the new - more flexible - workplace. 

Publication:  The Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing Blog

Domestic Abuse & Employers

Domestic Abuse is something that rarely features in HR policies, yet a year of home-working and the rise of flexible working practices in the future suggest that it should now be a more central concern for employers.  Howden’s Steve Herbert comments on a worthy new campaign to raise awareness of this issue amongst employers.

Publication:  HR Magazine

Aligning benefits with your Employee Value Proposition

Employee Value Proposition (EVP) is a term still not widely understood, yet is increasingly important to employers as they look to refine and define their corporate culture and values.  Matthew Gregson writes in detail on this key topic.

Publication:  REBA

Long Covid:  A surge in claims?

With the return to the physical workplace now central to the government’s roadmap, Steve Herbert wonders if there will be a sudden surge in Long Covid related Group Private Medical and Group Income Protection claims in the months ahead. 

Publication:  Health & Protection Website

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 01/04/21)

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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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