Press Cuttings (May 2021)



02 June 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 May 2021 include;

The importance of employee retention

As the return to the physical workplace continues there are many employers in key sectors who are struggling to find trained and qualified new recruits to enable their business to reopen.  Steve Herbert considers this issue, and suggests that retention often remains an easier and cheaper solution than recruitment.

Publication:  The Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing Blog

Howden launches its free SME Hub

Howden’s Mark Fosh announces the launch of its free-to-access and use SME Hub.  The hub provides a dedicated HR & employee benefits resource to help time-poor SMEs to look after the health and wellbeing of their employees, and will be regularly updated with topical comment.

Publication:  Daily Business Now

ESG & Pensions:  A time for action

The case for Environmental, Social, and corporate Governance (ESG) pension investments has continued to grow in recent months.  Steve Herbert outlines the legal, moral, and practical reasons as to why company-sponsored pension schemes should consider such an investment approach. 

Publication:  The Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing Blog

Howden Survey:  Mental wellbeing "overlooked" by asset management firms

A sector-specific survey of asset managers has found that most firms have no strategy in place for addressing issues including mental health and work/life balance.  Robbie Weston adds commentary to these important findings.

Publication:  Institutional Asset Manager

Partying like its 2019?

We all want to party like pre-pandemic days, but employers and employees still need to tread very carefully in the months ahead.  In his regular Employer News column Steve Herbert considers the lessons that can be learned from other nations in this respect.

Publication:  Employer News

Panel debate:  Is organised online socialising “unhelpful”?

Instead of booking more team social occasions online, employers who encourage their staff to get away from their screens might be helping improve mental health.  Howden’s Hazel Craig adds to this timely and useful debate.

Publication:  Recruiter

The case for Group Income Protection

Group Income Protection has always been a very important benefit for employers and employees alike, but one that is still not routinely offered to all grades of employee.  Steve Herbert looks at the need to extend this cover to more workers, the benefits of doing so, and how to control the cost.

Publication:  The Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing Blog

Howden Survey:  3 in 4 employers don’t fully understand Pensions Lifetime Allowance issues

A recent survey by Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing has found that almost 3 in 4 (73%) of employers are unaware that Group Life Assurance payments can count towards the Pensions Lifetime Allowance Limit.  Insights from Howden’s Matthew Gregson and Steve Herbert.

Publication:  HR News

Long working hours:  The health risks

A recent World Health Organisation (WHO) report has found a link between long-working hours and increased mortality rates.  This article looks at these worrying findings, and includes a UK perspective from Howden’s Steve Herbert. 

Publication:  HR Magazine

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 02/06/21)

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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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