Employee engagement and Generation Z?

Employee engagement and Generation Z?

  It was the year that Titanic won Best Picture at the Oscars, Tony Blair was settling in to no.10 and The Spice Girls, All Saints and Robbie Williams topped the charts.   It was also the year that today’s college and school leavers were born. They are known as Generation Z – and they are starting to enter… Read more
It’s on my radar to think outside the box

It’s on my radar to think outside the box

Management speak is something that all of us in business are guilty of participating in every now and again. For some, it’s become their new language, whilst for others it can be a major turnoff. So, let’s run an idea up the flagpole and see who salutes – instead of having the traditional “swear jar”, why not have a “jargon… Read more
Is it all about the money, money, money?

Is it all about the money, money, money?

It’s understandable that companies will throw cash at the problem of the disengaged employee.  Here is someone who you believe is essential to your business.  They are bright, hard working, and eminently capable.  They have a good CV and, at interview, they did better than anyone else. So when this employee tells you that they don’t want to work for… Read more
The Performance Review – positive and valuable or a pain in the proverbial?

The Performance Review – positive and valuable or a pain in the proverbial?

Let’s face it, most managers and employees look forward to conducting performance reviews about as much as a hole in the head.  Why? A number of reasons come to mind: time pressures; fear of confrontation – feedback can be difficult to give as well as to take; a lack of belief in what they actually achieve, and so on.  In… Read more
Pension scams on the rise

Pension scams on the rise

When it comes to company pensions, many employers believe their job is done when their colleagues reach retirement and head off into the sunset. However, many employers are now taking steps to ensure their older employees are aware of the rising number of pension scams being reported in the media. After all, the last thing any employer wants is for… Read more
Ink MD joins Corporate Adviser debate

Ink MD joins Corporate Adviser debate

Ink MD, Billy Johnson joined Corporate Adviser’s ‘Wired’ webinar recently to discuss how to work smarter with SME’s, in particular how to better serve small business customers with data integrated people solutions. See the full video here. CA Wired: Working smarter with SMEs – Serving small business customers with data integrated people solutions… Read more
The New State Pension – Good news for all?

The New State Pension – Good news for all?

From 6th April 2016, changes to the State Pension will affect everyone reaching State Pension Age (currently 65) on or after this date. However, recent news reports reflect the conversations Ink has with employees every day – that people aren’t quite sure how this will affect them. Although the headlines refer to a simpler and fairer State Pension, this hides… Read more
Swindon Town FC receives a red card from The Pensions Regulator

Swindon Town FC receives a red card from The Pensions Regulator

In another example of the Pensions Regulator’s stance on companies who fail to comply with their Auto-Enrolment (AE) responsibilities, Swindon Town Football Club have been fined £22,900 for not enrolling eligible employees into a pension and non-compliance with other AE duties. Charles Counsell, executive director of Automatic Enrolment at the Pensions Regulator, said: “This case illustrates what can happen when… Read more
Trusting the Master Trusts

Trusting the Master Trusts

As all employers with less than 30 workers begin to get to grips with their auto-enrolment duties over the coming months, we are beginning to see an increase in “master trust” pension arrangements being marketed to smaller companies. In boring-pension-speak, a master trust is a multi-employer occupational pension scheme. In simple terms, this means it’s a pension designed to provide… Read more
What have UK employers got to thank the EU for?

What have UK employers got to thank the EU for?

In the arguments for Brexit, it seems to us that the majority of commentators cite ‘EU laws’ as the primary reason to get out of Dodge. We’re not going to argue one way or the other for Boris or for David, but we can’t help being curious about the influence that European legislature has had on peoples’ thinking on this… Read more