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“We need our employers’ help or we’re leaving!” claim staff

16th March 2023, London: Research from Blackhawk Network Extras today finds that small and medium enterprises (SMEs) must pay attention to employee benefits – in today’s economic climate, workplace benefits are no longer just a perk, they’re a necessity. Employers should be helping employees’ salaries stretch further during the cost-of-living crisis, not only because it will help keep their staff happy, but because it’s the right thing to do.

Contributor: Chris Ronald, VP EMEA B2B, Incentives, Rewards & Benefits - Blackhawk Network | Published: 25 March 2023

Grim outlook as HR leaders’ growing economic fears revealed

New survey reveals the number of HR leaders predicting business performance to plummet has doubled. They are now being forced to make tough choices on employees' futures, and to be more creative around staff pay and reward.

Contributor: Frank Creighton - Appreciate Business Services | Published: 19 March 2023

Employers must strive for equity not just equality

Employers are being warned that if they only strive for equality instead of equity in women’s health and wellbeing support, they may not achieve a fair representation of women across their organisation.

Contributor: Mridula Pore, CEO - Peppy | Published: 14 March 2023

Employers must improve equity for women working abroad

While the UK has laws regarding equal opportunities in the workplace, things can be very different when employees travel abroad for work or relocate for an overseas assignment. It is up to the employer to facilitate equity and equality for female employees, whether they are based in the UK or abroad.

Contributor: Sarah Dennis, head of international - Towergate Health & Protection | Published: 13 March 2023

Lack of communication is causing benefits to fall short

highlights that communication breakdown has led to employees being unaware or misinformed about their benefits package; 28% said their company did not offer benefits or weren’t sure if they did. • In addition, 37% of employees are not taking advantage of the benefits available to them due to a lack of compatibility with their needs.

Contributor: Burcin Ressamoglu, CEO - Sodexo Engage | Published: 4 March 2023

Nearly half of companies plan to increase headcount

One third (33%) of employers have increased their employee headcount over the last 12 months, and 42% are looking to increase employee numbers further over the next 12 months. Remuneration and benefits are going to be key in supporting these plans, and companies will need to demonstrate how well they look after their staff.

Contributor: Debra Clark, Head of Specialist Consulting - Towergate Health & Protection | Published: 26 February 2023

Above average deaths highlights need for death-in-service benefits

GRiD wants more employers to consider offering group life assurance to their employees to ensure that in the event of the death of a member of staff, the employer can offer a financial safety net to their family and dependants.

Contributor: Katharine Moxham - GRiD | Published: 11 February 2023

Seven employee benefits trends to look out for

New trends will emerge in benefits and wellbeing this year as employers look to address business pressures that may shift from talent pressures to the recession.

Contributor: Matthew Gregson, Executive Director UK and Corporate - Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing | Published: 7 February 2023