The rise of Virtual GP services in the workplace

The rise of Virtual GP services in the workplace

Bill Gates once said, “The advance of technology is based on making it fit in so that you don’t really even notice it, so it’s part of everyday life.” For generations the UK has seen the National Health Service as a part of everyday life.  From a check up at a GP, to repairing an intrepid tree climbing 8-year old… Read more
Is ‘discretion’ really the word you’re looking for?

Is ‘discretion’ really the word you’re looking for?

We often (too often) come across the word ‘discretion’ in employment policies.  Much as we appreciate that employers want to exercise their discernment, there can be a rather a thin line between one person’s sense of discretion and another person’s feeling that they have been discriminated against. It’s for this reason that the law makers in this country put parameters… Read more
Q & A: Payrolling Benefits and Expenses

Q & A: Payrolling Benefits and Expenses

What does ‘payrolling Benefits in Kind’ mean? Since 2016, employers have had the option to make use of HMRC’s ‘Payrolling Benefits in Kind (PBIK)’ service.  This voluntary service negates the need for employers to submit a P11D form at the end of each tax year for any employees who receive benefits or expenses.  Instead, tax is deducted direct from… Read more
Employee Assistance Programmes – invaluable wellbeing tools

Employee Assistance Programmes – invaluable wellbeing tools

What is an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)? Employers are increasingly committed to ensuring employees are happy and healthy, rather than simply productive. An Employee Assistance Programme is a low-cost, accessible and valuable tool within the wider employee benefit ‘tool kit’ to achieve this. EAPs are workplace programmes provided by employers, designed to support and improve the wellbeing of employees by… Read more
Should you care about your employees’ financial wellbeing?

Should you care about your employees’ financial wellbeing?

The short answer is yes. Why? In summary we think this is an important subset of overall mental health and wellbeing and one directly linked to productivity and engagement. Firstly, what do we mean by ‘financial wellbeing’? It is certainly not a case of employers crossing the red line into employee’s personal finances or making value judgments about how employees… Read more
Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week

HR Director Sarah Simpkins asks: what does ‘awareness’ really mean in the workplace? Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK is not a new thing; it is a national initiative that was first introduced by the Mental Health Foundation in 2001.  But our general ‘awareness’ of mental health as an employment issue has really only taken root in the last… Read more
Workforce engagement and ‘voice’ become a key measure of success for UK businesses

Workforce engagement and ‘voice’ become a key measure of success for UK businesses

HR Account Director, Sarah Simpkins, author of Ink’s Organisational Strength & Wellbeing model, applauds the UK Corporate Governance Code which recognises the commercial value of listening to the human ‘voice’ in your workplace. From January 2019 the new UK Corporate Governance Code – which listed UK businesses are required to follow for their annual reporting – has shifted significantly… Read more
Pension contribution increases – how should payroll prepare?

Pension contribution increases – how should payroll prepare?

Spring not only brings changes in nature but also for anyone involved in payroll.  New tax codes, new tax bands, new student loans, thresholds, statutory payments and living wage are amongst the many areas of change to implement from the start of the new tax year.  All payroll professionals will once again be tasked with ensuring all changes are managed… Read more
Automatic Enrolment: is this the last contribution increase?

Automatic Enrolment: is this the last contribution increase?

As pension advisers we get asked a lot by our employer clients if this April’s increases in statutory pension contribution levels will be the last, or whether there are more increases on the way. We can say for sure that there are no scheduled increases on the statute books at the current time. The existing policy framework only ever… Read more
How best to communicate the upcoming increases in workplace contributions to employees (in a positive light)

How best to communicate the upcoming increases in workplace contributions to employees (in a positive light)

Auto-enrolment has introduced over 10 million people to saving into a workplace pension for the first time, and employees have been gently eased into saving with low contribution levels. However, as the April 2019 increases are the highest yet, it’s important to ensure employees understand the benefits of their contributions going up to ensure opt out rates are kept low. Read more