How employers can strengthen relationships with employees in a post-Coronavirus world

Our friends at MetLife have recently conducted some research amongst employers and employees to understand any gaps in expectations between the two in a post Covid 19 world. The research conducted has flagged some very interesting issues that employers need to consider in a post Covid world, the first being around the relationship between employers […]

HR Associates: What should we be doing about employee burnout?

Let us not beat around the bush, lockdown has been tough on everyone and although there could be light at the end of the tunnel the long term impact on everyone’s health and wellbeing will only become apparent in the coming months and years. Whilst there are many, many negatives to lockdown, far too many […]

Let’s talk

One of the (many) things I love about my job is the variety of opinions that I canvass when speaking with existing and potential new employers. It is clear from conversations that I have with employers from different industries, locations, and who have varying employee demographics that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach […]

Light at the end of the tunnel … but…

The last week in February was a week in which the Prime Minister presented to the nation the government’s roadmap out of lockdown. There are still hurdles to jump over, things to navigate through and surely more bumps in the road along the way as we head towards the 21st June but this roadmap really […]

Failing to plan is planning to fail

I thought long and hard about the title for this blog but kept coming back to the same title…mainly because its true. When we talk about planning, a plan does not have to necessarily be cast in stone or put down in writing, the plan may be quite a transient one that allows for things […]

Salary exchange: too good to be true?

Salary Exchange (also known as Salary Sacrifice) has been around for many years and is the term used to describe an agreement where an employee give up some of their salary in return for a non-cash benefit. Generally, Salary Exchange has always been a great win for an employee as it has allowed them to […]

Is it good advice to seek guidance?

The government are currently making a massive push to ensure that individuals age 50 or over understand the options available to them with Defined Contribution (DC) pensions which may either be a personal one, workplace one or both. To do this the government are promoting the services of Pension Wise which is a free and […]

Increasing transparency in pensions’ information

You know you have a problem when the Minister for Pensions and Financial Inclusion, Guy Opperman says: ‘For too long pensions have been shrouded in complexity and technical jargon, limiting people’s understanding of their savings and hampering their retirement planning.’ To be fair, I completely agree with him and make him absolutely correct! Historically pension […]

The age at which you can access a private pension may increase from 55 to 57

What seems like a lifetime ago, in 2014 the government announced that it was planning to increase the age at which someone can access their private pension (including their workplace pension) to age 57 from age 55. This is due to be implemented in 2028. Although things have been quiet on this topic since 2014, […]

Protecting your Coronavirus Interruption Loan

The CBILS has been designed by the government to support the continued provision of finance to smaller businesses (SME’s) who have and are experiencing lost or deferred revenues, leading to disruptions to their cashflow as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak. The scheme supports a wide range of business finance products, including terms loans, overdrafts, […]