Finance Bill confirms minimum pension age rise

The recently published Finance Bill confirmed an increase in the minimum pension age to 57 from April 2028. However there could be changes between the Finance Bill becoming the Finance Act. Individuals do not have the ability to protect a retirement age of 55. However schemes that had the right to take benefits at 55 in their […]

Companies that support wellbeing outperform others

FTSE companies that support their staff’s wellbeing, outperform their competitors by 10%, so it makes good business sense to look after staff. When employees are looked after well by a company, they’re more likely to stay, it’s easier to recruit good people, they’re engaged, more productive, and all in all it makes for a happier […]

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 […]

Aligning employee benefits with business objectives

There is something very satisfying about setting out objectives, and never more so than when setting out objectives for your business. The next step is to make sure that every aspect of running your business is aligned with those objectives. And that includes reward and remuneration packages: one of the biggest costs for any business, […]

Four reasons to review employee benefits

Four reasons to review employee benefits Once employee benefits are in place, the temptation to tick the employee benefit box as ‘job done’ can be irresistible. But therein lies folly, and here are four key reasons why. Needs change Employee benefits that were once applicable for a workforce, even just 12 months ago, may not […]

Post COVID – The new working world

Unquestionably, COVID-19 has been a game changer in many aspects, including the way we work. Offices, shops, factories, restaurants, hairdressers (the list goes on) have been forced to close and those of us lucky enough to be able to work from home have had to adapt very quickly to a new way of working. Businesses […]

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 […]