Salary Sacrifice consultation - what's the latest?

Salary Sacrifice consultation - what's the latest?

In August, the government announced it was going to hold a consultation on tax efficient benefits. Essentially, the government is considering limiting the range of benefits-in-kind (BiKs) employers can offer, and they've held meetings with interested parties to canvass opinion.

Computershare attended one of these meetings. Find out more about what was said, and what are the next steps.

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Tailor your benefits package to suit the workforce

Tailor your benefits package to suit the workforce

The increasingly digital world is changing the way we all live our lives. We expect choice. We expect convenience. We expect to be able to access services on demand. We expect a personalised experience. And history has looked more kindly on disruptive technology than its critics.

Companies that get this are getting ahead (just look at the controversial taxi-hailing company, Uber), so what can we learn and apply from this to the world of employee benefits?

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Mental health problems are very common in the workplace – so why don’t we talk about it more?

Mental health problems are very common in the workplace – so why don’t we talk about it more?

Mental health problems cost employers £30 billion a year in lost production, recruitment and absence[1]. In the UK, one in four people experience mental health problems each year[2]. You may even know someone who has had or is having difficulty coping at work.

We’re happy to chat about our physical injuries and even illness, but mental health is often considered one step too far. Talking about how we feel at work, whether it’s stress, anxiety or any other mental health concern, is something we just don’t do.

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Better with age: supporting older people in the workplace

Better with age: supporting older people in the workplace

Last month saw the annual celebration of Older People’s Day. Aimed at celebrating the elderly and their achievements, it is a day which holds increasing significance every year, owing to Britain’s ageing population. And while it’s no secret we have an ageing workforce, what challenges and opportunities does this present to HR and Benefits professionals?

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Why flexible working is the future (and should be the present, too)

Why flexible working is the future (and should be the present, too)

Computershare has just been awarded a place on the Top 30 Employers for Working Families list in recognition of our progressive family-friendly policies and practices. We’re delighted. But it’s not just our employees with families who are interested in flexible working. There are lots of reasons why someone might require this – phased retirement, study, religious reasons, health reasons… 

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The importance of a positive work environment

The importance of a positive work environment

At some point in your career it’s likely you’ll have worked in a place with a negative, maybe even “toxic”, atmosphere. If not, chances are you’ll know someone who has. Remember the groans as people filtered in on a Monday morning?  People complaining of being overworked and underappreciated, not knowing where they’re headed, or what their objectives are, with the stress and bad feeling seeping into their home lives and affecting their health. Who would want to work in a place like that?

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Computershare named in Top 30 Employers for Working Families

Computershare named in Top 30 Employers for Working Families

We’ve sponsored the Employers for Working Families Benchmark and Award since 2011. It’s something very important to us, given that providing childcare vouchers to help families with their childcare costs is one of our most popular salary sacrifice schemes, and we strongly believe in maintaining a healthy work/life balance. So we felt that it was about time we benchmarked ourselves against other companies, and we’re delighted to have been awarded a place in the Top 30 Employers for Working Families.

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Competition for talent is ramping up, yet productivity is stagnating – why aren’t we getting the most out of our people?

Competition for talent is ramping up, yet productivity is stagnating – why aren’t we getting the most out of our people?

It seems only yesterday that the word ‘recession’ was bandied around every media outlet daily (let’s not forget there are still many areas of society that remain deeply affected by the fallout of one of the most dire periods of economic activity ever recorded), but for now, at least, we can breathe a collective sigh of relief that things are on the up and a level of economic stability has been restored.

Businesses love stability. It gives us confidence to make investments that can help us grow. This, for many, means investing in an increased headcount.

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