Press Cuttings (September 2021)



01 October 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 September 2021 include;

Howden Survey:  Most HR professionals anticipate further COVID-19 restrictions

A survey of UK employers – representing nearly half a million workers globally – has found that most anticipate further COVID-19 restrictions in the winter ahead, and that many employees remain reliant on the NHS for all medical treatments.

Publication:  Personnel Today

Group Life Cover

2020 will be forever remembered as the “Covid” year, yet tragically there have been even more deaths in 2021 than there were last year.  Steve Herbert looks at recently published figures which continue to highlight the importance of Group Life Assurance cover to protect employees and their families. 

Publication:  Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing Blog

What tops the pensions wish list?

Howden’s Matthew Gregson shares his three wishes for delivering better workplace pensions and member outcomes including data-driven governance, greener pensions, and improved financial education for workers.

Publication:  The HR Director

The recruitment rollercoaster

In the space of 20 turbulent months the employment market has hit highs and lows, and ended up back where it began.  In his monthly column for Employer News Steve Herbert suggests that the need for employers to focus on employee retention in the months ahead has increased.

Publication:  Employer News

Plan B?

The government has set out its “Plan B” should a COVID-19 resurgence take hold in the winter months ahead.  So what is the plan, and what actions can employers take with this in mind? 

Publication:  Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing Blog

SME’s:  The future of workforce wellbeing

COVID-19 has changed the way that many smaller employers look at workforce wellbeing issues, and this article by Howden’s Mark Fosh highlights areas for employers to focus on and improve in the post-pandemic era.

Publication:  SME Today

Employee Financial Pressures

The home and motoring fuel crisis looks set to increase household costs, and coincides with the cessation of two areas of government pandemic financial support too.  Steve Herbert suggests that this is becoming a problem for employers as well as their employees. 

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 01/10/21

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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