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
Philip Green: a convenient villain for confusing times

Philip Green: a convenient villain for confusing times

Ink’s HR Director, Ruth Johnson, suggests that the battle for equality won’t be won if our response to workplace wrongdoing is applied only in the interest of our own personal war. Well, here’s a surprise.  Philip Green (sorry, ‘Sir’ Philip Green) is crass.  Who knew?  The Daily Telegraph investigation adds more than a little weight to a generally held suspicion… Read more
The Myth of the Single-Minded Metaphor

The Myth of the Single-Minded Metaphor

Ruth Johnson argues that sporting metaphors in business fall short when they obsess with single minded goal-setting.  Real success is not just about achieving your goals; it’s about taking people with you and enjoying the ride as well. It seems a long time ago now … but, boy, how I loved watching the 2018 World Cup.  And who knew?  Who… Read more
Why not give your employees the gift that keeps on giving this Christmas?

Why not give your employees the gift that keeps on giving this Christmas?

Christmas – a time to give thanks With the run up to Christmas well on its merry way, many employers will be thinking of how best to reward their loyal staff for their commitment throughout the year. Traditionally companies have leaned towards the good old Christmas bonus… but is this really the best gift that you can give? We would… Read more
The Pensions Regulator and HMRC – Left hand talks to right hand!

The Pensions Regulator and HMRC – Left hand talks to right hand!

The Pensions Regulator is now using real time payroll data to check your pension contributions are correct. Through Auto-Enrolment, The Pensions Regulator monitored non-compliance, issuing 14,507 Fixed Penalty Notices and 2,517 Escalating Penalty Notices by the end of March 2017. As companies were not completing their Declarations of Compliance, the Regulator was able to track these companies and… Read more
How integrated HR administration drives faultless payroll

How integrated HR administration drives faultless payroll

Without doubt the majority of businesses now widely recognise that their greatest assets are their employees – hoorah! However, many employers are still falling at the most fundamental of hurdles by making costly payroll and payment related administrative errors, causing widespread issues. The fault often lies in employers – quite understandably – not fully understanding the complex, ever-evolving employment… Read more
My Payroll Epiphany – the inspiration for payroll that’s better all round

My Payroll Epiphany – the inspiration for payroll that’s better all round

Ink Payroll Director Ruth Johnson tells us what sparked her passion for pulling payroll out of the past… Prehistoric payroll … the way it used to be. My first ‘proper job’ (as my parents used to call it, in tones of relief mixed with derision) was in a small, family business in the sticks.  The boss was a rather aloof… Read more