In our recent post (“We’ll meet again”) we updated our followers on the various communication tools that we have made available to employers during the lockdown period.  In that same article we also mentioned that we were considering running some webinars during 2020.

Of course the primary reason for such a step is because the hugely successful Howden Employment Seminars have not yet been able to take place in 2020 owing to the arrival of COVID-19, followed by the subsequent lengthy lockdown period.  So we wanted to find another way to reach out “live” to our audience during this unexpected hiatus in our seminar programme.

But we were genuinely concerned that the webinar format wouldn’t work that well for our audience.  Many of our concerns here arose from our own experience of attending events hosted by other organisations.  Some worked well, but many such webinars could be described (by even a kind hearted liar) as “really rather dull”.

So Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing entered this space with some trepidation, but we are now delighted to report that the delegate reaction to our “Surviving Debt” webinar last week has been nothing but positive. 

Below are just some of the delegate comments that we have received following that webinar;

“Thanks for organising this compelling webinar.”

“It was informative.  Steve did his normal excellent job of presenting.”

“I thought it was an excellent webinar and very well organised…  The subject matter was extremely relevant to our current situation and gave me plenty of ideas to consider…  I look forward to future webinars, if I’m fortunate enough to be invited.”

“Yes I did join the seminar and thought it was absolutely fabulous!  Steve’s presentation was spot on and gave me a good insight into what people may possibly be going through in the workplace… Thanks again for such a great and informative presentation.”

“Loving your work…Great to see familiar faces in such worrying times”

“Steve is such a great speaker and I always enjoy attending events where he is speaking.  He was engaging, relatable and spoke in normal/ understandable terminology.”

“Very though provoking”

“It was super to see you this morning, even if you could not see me!  Thank you for a really useful and enjoyable session.”

We can also report that at least two delegates actually admitted to clapping at the end of the event; a largely futile gesture, but one that we still genuinely appreciate.

The bottom line is that we are emboldened by this positive response, and as a result intend to run some more webinars in the weeks ahead.  Please look out for our invites, or contact Gina Ellis ([email protected]) to register your interest in attending. 

Finally – and for the avoidance of doubt – our ultimate aim is to get back to delivering the full Howden Employment Seminars experience just as soon as it’s safe and sensible to do so.  But for the moment we will continue to use the available technology to keep our audience up to date with some important current topics.

For the latest details on COVID-19 & Employee Benefits provision please visit Howden’s coronavirus hub.

(Published 03/06/20)

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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