Press Cuttings (October 2021)



02 November 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 October 2021 include;

The Budget:  Pension changes

Although barely mentioned in The Chancellor’s Budget speech, there were two potentially significant changes to employer-sponsored pension schemes detailed in the government’s supporting documentation. 

Publication:  Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing Blog

The long tail of Long Covid

Long Covid is often overlooked in the national headlines, yet is a growing problem for employers given that the working age population are the grouping most likely to suffer this longer-form of COVID-19 infections.  Steve Herbert takes an in-depth look at this increasingly important topic.

Publication:  HR Zone

The workplace physical wellbeing dilemma

Matthew Gregson, Executive Director, UK Corporate at Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing, speaks with REBA’s Maggie Williams about their recent research; “The workplace physical wellbeing dilemma” in this useful short video.

Publication:  REBA

The “always on” remote working culture

After more than a year and a half of remote working there are now valid concerns that the boundaries between home and work life have become blurred.  As a result many employees are in danger of burnout.  This article look at the stance that other countries have taken on this issue, and offers some simple tips that employers might like to implement to combat this growing problem.

Publication:  Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing Blog

What does the Budget mean for Employee Benefits?

Howden’s Steve Herbert provides some initial thoughts and opinions on The Chancellor’s October Budget, with a particular focus on what the announcement might mean for the world of company-sponsored employee benefits.

Publication:  Business In The News

Financial scams (and the impact on wellbeing)

A financial scam is theft, and like other forms of thievery it often leaves the victim both financially and emotionally poorer.  Yet the emotional costs are difficult to quantify, and consumer magazine “Which?” has attempted to put a monetary cost against this damage.

Publication:  Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing Blog

World Mental Health Day

To mark World Mental Health Day Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing launched a guide to help employers avoid employee burnout.  This article features commentary from Howden’s Mark Fosh alongside ten top tips to help employers spot the sings of poor mental health and take preventative action.

Publication:  On REC


So what is stagflation, and what does it mean for employers and their HR experts?  Howden’s Steve Herbert takes a look at the causes of this issue and outlines some ideas as to how Human Resources professionals can help their employers in these challenging times. 

Publication:  Employer News

Proactive or Reactive?

The recently published “Health is everyone’s business” consultation suggested that more than half of employers consider themselves “reactive” to workforce health and wellbeing issues.  This article takes a look at this research, and offers some thoughts regarding the differences in incidence and impact between large and small employers.

Publication:  Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing Blog

Health is Everyone’s Business – a missed opportunity?

Moorcrofts’ Matt Jenkin, welcomes Howden’s Steve Herbert to his podcast talk about the Government’s response to the “Health is everyone’s business” consultation, and wonders whether it was a missed opportunity to tackle ill-health absences in the workplace.

Publication:  Moorcrofts Means Business Podcast

Leadership changes announced

The Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing leadership team is changing, with Cheryl Brennan now named as Managing Director of the UK employee benefits team.  Other changes include Matthew Gregson promoted to Executive Director for UK Corporate, and Mark Fosh Director of the SME team.

Publication:  Health & Protection

Skills gap and younger workers

Are young people being locked-out of the recruitment market, and what influence will government policy have on this?  An interesting article from HR Magazine, together with some thoughts from Howden’s Steve Herbert. 

Publication:  HR Magazine

REBA research (in association with Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing)

The impact on business of poor employee physical health has become clearer than ever over the last year, both through the direct effects of Covid-19, and as employees struggled through lockdowns with inappropriately designed workspaces, limited exercise or poor sleep.  REBA review the evidence from their recent research in association with Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing.

Publication:  REBA

Preparing for the winter ahead?

A recent Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing survey suggests that the majority of employers expect some COVID-19 restrictions to be imposed in the winter months ahead.  This article takes a deep-dive into the COVID numbers and risks, and highlights some actions that employers can take now to help manage these concerns.

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.  

Published 02/11/21

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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