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Going beyond standard benefits to meet employee needs

The importance of workplace benefits cannot be understated. They play an important role in attracting, engaging, and retaining talent – yet employees do not always see value in their existing benefits, while employers generally overestimate them. In terms of workplace benefits, as we all know, mental health is at the top of most organisations’ agendas. There’s no doubt it's important, but according to our latest study, Workplace Benefits in a Changing World 2023 report, mental health was ranked as the fourth most important need for employees, compared to employers naming it their top investment priority. Instead, employees ranked physical and financial wellbeing support at the top of their list, reflecting a misalignment with employers’ benefit investment priorities.

Article by: Sarah Hayles, HR Manager UK & Ireland - Alight Solutions | Published: 8 August 2023

Who’s looking out for HR?

Danni leads the customer experience, corporate sales, product development, partnerships at Virgin Incentives, Virgin Experience Days and Virgin Experience Gifts, and the people strategy and helped the business navigate through the challenging pandemic period to increase employee engagement ratings and win gold at the 2021 UK Employee Experience Awards. As a brand champion, Danni is passionate about how experiential awards can help organisations find the best way to reward and recognise team members.

Article by: Danni Rush, COO - Virgin Incentives, Virgin Experience Days and Virgin Experience Gifts | Published: 6 June 2023

There’s more to financial wellbeing support than meets the eye

While the ongoing cost-of-living crisis clearly necessitates increased wellbeing support from employers, the level currently being provided is proving inadequate, particularly from a financial perspective.

Article by: Chieu Cao, CEO - Mintago | Published: 6 June 2023

How employers can help gig workers during tough times

Gig workers play a vital role in the UK economy, contributing approximately £20 billion every year, according to the Centre for Research and Self-Employment. These independent contractors carry out essential work in daily society, from delivery drivers and couriers to graphic designers and even university lecturers.

Article by: Steve Fepeussi - Puulse | Published: 20 May 2023

Talent retention challenges in 2023 and how to overcome them

The so-called Great Resignation that employers have had to face in recent years looks set to continue in 2023, with the current economic backdrop only adding fuel to the fire as individuals weigh up their options. At MHR, we believe that the success or failure of a business depends on its people and so it is critical that businesses try to buck this trend and retain their top talent. 

Article by: Jeanette Wheeler, CHRO - MHR | Published: 2 May 2023

How to use benefits to boost mental and physical health

There are many employee benefits organisations can offer to help improve their workforce’s overall wellbeing, including both physical and mental health. Here are a few benefits businesses might want to consider.

Article by: David Kindlon, CEO - Eppione | Published: 18 April 2023

Battle of the benefits: When employees don’t know what’s available

The Cost of Living (CoL) crisis is affecting overall spending, leading employees to exercise more caution with their money. At the same time, HR teams are facing significantly reduced budgets. To navigate this challenging environment, HR leaders should avoid offering standard benefits packages and instead regularly review and update their offerings in order to stay in line with employee expectations.

Article by: Jamie Mackenzie, Director at Sodexo Engage | Published: 4 April 2023

Happiness is the fundamental engager

A positive experience of work can undoubtedly contribute to our wellbeing, but it’s perhaps unwise to place responsibility for our contentment in the hands of our employer, and equally unwise for our employer to accept it.

Article by: Alastair Atkinson, Director of Consultancy - scarlettabbott | Published: 2 February 2023