Keeping up with the Joneses

The Oxford Dictionary definition of ‘Keeping up with the Joneses’ is ‘try to emulate or not be outdone by one’s neighbours’. When relating this famous phrase to the recruitment and retention of talent within the workplace arena, this often used saying could not be more accurate. As an employer, what are the things that differentiate […]

Pension Scams

The pension landscape changed for the better back in 2015 as the government allowed consumers to have more flexibility and a wide range of options as to how they can access defined contribution pension at retirement. Whilst this news was long overdue and welcomed by most, there are a number of people in society who […]

The Inspectors are Coming!

Since the beginning of Workplace Pension Reforms and Automatic Enrolment back in 2012, the Pensions Regulator (TPR) has had the ability to carry out inspections on employers to ensure that they are complying with their duties. Before Covid, inspections by TPR tended to focus on employers that were failing to make correct pension contributions for […]

How do you solve a problem like the Pension Dashboards?

2012 was a massive year for the Workplace Pension landscape as this was the year that Automatic Enrolment commenced meaning employers would not only have to establish a suitable pension for their workforce but also pay into it alongside their employees. The employers with the biggest headcounts had to comply first and then over time, […]

Don’t let the Default be the Default

Most members of a Workplace Pension will rely on other people, normally their employer and possibly trustees to make important decisions around their workplace pension and specifically around the fund where their contributions are invested, namely the Default Fund. Despite the best efforts of an employer to promote the benefits to a member to review […]

A Healthy outside starts from the inside

The feedback we are currently receiving from employers  we work with is that Health & Wellbeing is the biggest challenge being faced. The topic has always been on the agendas of employees however Covid has undoubtably moved this topic up the priority list with many employers voluntarily taking a more paternal view in trying their […]

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 […]