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
Introduce Workplace Pension Salary Exchange and save an average of £7,015 p/a

Introduce Workplace Pension Salary Exchange and save an average of £7,015 p/a

Auto Enrolment has ushered in a new era of workplace-based saving. In our view it’s been a resounding success – boosting both the number of people engaging in long term savings and the average amount of annual saving per employee. Throw in a dramatic increase in employer participation and improved pension awareness nationally and the results really are quite stunning. Read more
Payroll – why settle for ‘satisfactory’?

Payroll – why settle for ‘satisfactory’?

Payroll is an increasingly exacting discipline, it requires accuracy, attention to detail, great technology and a progressive, forward thinking mindset. Many of the employers we talk to who outsource their payroll are using service providers who, at best, they are just ‘satisfied’ with. Ultimately shouldn’t an outsourced service provider deliver more than just a ‘satisfactory’ service? In fact… Read more
Workplace Pension Clinics – Ink achieves a Net Promoter Score of 9.46/10!

Workplace Pension Clinics – Ink achieves a Net Promoter Score of 9.46/10!

At Ink we have always been passionate about operating at member level to connect with individuals and improve their understanding and engagement with Workplace Pensions. It is our strongly held view that employers who invest in the promotion of their schemes, especially when they have generous employer contributions, reap rewards through improved retention and productivity. First things first: We… Read more
Ink launches its inaugural White Paper – Investing in Pensions, Investing in People

Ink launches its inaugural White Paper – Investing in Pensions, Investing in People

The Ink Group are pleased to announce the publication of our inaugural White Paper: ‘Investing in Pensions, Investing in People – The role of Workplace Pensions in boosting employee wellbeing and productivity’.  To summarise, our White Paper is written for anyone involved in the running of Workplace Pensions. Our focus is on: Exploring the challenges facing the… Read more