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Making The Most Of Employee Benefits: Communication Is Key

In Employee Benefits, Group Income Protection, Protection by Claire Ginnelly

Communication is vital for employee benefits adoption but many employers are missing the mark. At a time when many people are unable to see their GPs — either because they are scared to attend face-to-face appointments for fear of catching coronavirus, or simply due to a lack of available GP appointments — the role of employee benefits has perhaps never …

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SMEs Lagging Behind Smaller Firms When It Comes To Employee Wellbeing

In Business, Employee Benefits, Health and Wellness by Gill Adams

When it comes to employee wellbeing, SMEs are falling behind smaller companies in the eyes of their employees. That’s one of the key findings to come out of new research by Legal & General (L&G). According to L&G’s latest SME research, more employees working for smaller companies trust their employer to look after them than those working for larger SMEs. …

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UK Employers See An Average £7+ ROI For Every £1 Spent On EAPs

In Business, Employee Benefits, Industry News by Richard Holden

Does your organisation currently offer an Employee Assistance Programme, or EAP? If not, what are the reasons? While many businesses won’t have considered offering EAPs because they don’t fully understand the benefits they can afford, others will have overlooked them because of a perceived cost barrier. However, as we have written before, Employee Assistance Programmes are high impact and cost …

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Mental Health Support Has To Be A Long-Term Commitment For Employers

In Employee Benefits, Health and Wellness, Mental Health by Claire Ginnelly

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is having a profound impact on both employers and employees, especially when it comes to mental health. While the initial lockdowns and social restrictions have taken their toll, we are now faced with an extended period of social isolation. Furthermore, once a semblance of normality has resumed, people are going to be naturally wary of going …

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Positive Developments In Group PMI

In Business, Employee Benefits, Group Income Protection by Paul Howell

It is a word that is often overused, but the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has been ‘unprecedented’. One of the sectors in particular that has experienced a significant amount of upheaval has been the group medical insurance industry.  In addition to supporting employers and employees adapt to working remotely, the sector has also seen NHS waiting lists rise to …

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Majority Of Employers Want To Be Seen As Caring

In Employee Benefits, Health and Wellness, Industry News by Claire Ginnelly

As my colleague Matthew Bucknall pointed out in his recent post, employers are increasing their focus on health and wellbeing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Interestingly, the same research also highlights how the vast majority of organisations want to be seen as a caring employer when introducing a health benefits programme. Indeed, according to the Employee Benefits Healthcare …

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Employers Increase Health & Wellbeing Offerings During Pandemic

In Business, Employee Benefits, Health and Wellness by Claire Ginnelly

Almost half of employers have increased their focus on employee health and wellbeing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, new research shows. According to research by Employee Benefits, which surveyed 200 HR decision-makers, 46% of organisations said they have boosted their employee health and wellbeing offerings in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. The Employee Benefits Healthcare research 2020 also …

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Employees Positive About Returning To Work But Infection Risk Remains A Concern

In Employee Benefits, Health and Wellness, In The Press by Claire Ginnelly

Employees feel positive about returning to work but infection risk remains a concern. As the COVID-19 lockdown eases and people slowly start returning to work, evidence is emerging that individuals are not confident that their employers can keep them safe. According to a recent survey of more than 2,000 employed adults by Aviva, while 61% of people returning to work …

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Employee Wellbeing Initiatives Likely To Boost Talent Retention Levels

In Business, Employee Benefits, Industry News by Claire Ginnelly

Employees want workplace wellbeing initiatives — especially ones that involve apps — and by providing them, employers can retain their best talent. These are the main findings of some new workplace wellbeing research. At a time when employees are feeling unsettled, despondent and generally uncertain, and many businesses are really feeling the pinch, employers that focus on wellbeing now could …

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Mental Health: Workplace Wellbeing Initiatives

In Employee Benefits, Industry News, Mental Health by Claire Ginnelly

Mental health still a top priority for most firms but many in the dark when it comes to the effectiveness of workplace wellbeing initiatives… Research shows that emotional and physical wellbeing are closely linked. Therefore, to stand the greatest chance of having happy, healthy and productive staff, employers need to be taking a holistic approach to employee wellbeing. But many …

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Employers: Are You Supporting Your Remote Employees Enough?

In Business, Employee Benefits, Mental Health by Claire Ginnelly

The working from home trend is set to continue but employers need to provide more support to remote employees… The so-called “new normal” that we will all live under once the COVID-19 crisis has eased will mean adjustments in many areas of our lives. For example, social distancing measures will likely remain, as will the advice to regularly and thoroughly …

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Third Of Employers Failing To Fully Support Their Long-Term Absent Employees

In Employee Benefits, Group Income Protection, Industry News by Tom Pullinger

One in three employers do not provide support to help long-term absent employees return to work, new research has found. According to the study by Opinium on behalf of GRiD Group Risk Development (GRiD), the industry body for the group risk protection sector, 31% of employers do not make early intervention services available to help staff who have been absent …