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World Mental Health Day
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World Mental Health Day

Today (10th October 2019) is World Mental Health Day and this year’s theme, as set by the World Federation for Mental Health, is suicide prevention. In 2018, there were over 6,500 suicides in the UK, an increase of more than 11%, compared to 2017[1]. It is [..]


Financial planning week
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Financial planning week

Financial planning is a process which can help individuals and families make decisions about money in order to achieve their life goals. Not everyone has access to, or can afford financial planning, so Financial Planning Week was set up to encourage the UK financial [..]


Pensions awareness week
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Pensions awareness week

With 62%[1] of UK adults unaware of what their pension pot will be worth when they retire, never has it felt so important to talk about and celebrate the workplace pension.  But more importantly than this, we should be encouraging people to start planning, and [..]


How financially stressed employees can affect your bottom line
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How financially stressed employees can affect your bottom line

When employees are suffering with their physical health, be it a cough or cold, or something more physically obvious such as a bad back, it’s generally easier to see the signs. However, if your employees are struggling with their mental health it can often be [..]


There is no such thing as a free lunch
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There is no such thing as a free lunch

This phrase originated in America from the 19th Century when saloons offered ‘free’ food alongside your first beer. The food was always dry and high in salt creating thirst and often lead to the purchase of more beer. Unfortunately, this sales strategy is still [..]


The importance of communicating your benefits package
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The importance of communicating your benefits package

It’s fair to say, that without good communication, no matter what size, or type of business you are, you may struggle. Employee motivation and productivity is likely to be low, expectations may not be met, and staff turnover could be higher. And the same goes for [..]


Start small, think big
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Start small, think big

Financial wellbeing is fast becoming a priority for employers and with recent research suggesting that 58% of UK employees have been affected by financial worries in the last year1, there’s a clear link between financial stress and the impact on your employee’s [..]


The effects ignoring financial wellbeing can have on your employees
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The effects ignoring financial wellbeing can have on your employees

If you have ever seen me talk at a financial wellbeing event, or read any of my previous blogs, you will know how strongly I feel about workplace financial wellbeing. And, as I put pen to paper to write this blog, I have just read the CIPD’s nineteenth annual [..]


Do employers in the USA care more about their employees’ wellbeing than employers in the UK?
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Do employers in the USA care more about their employees’ wellbeing than employers in the UK?

90% of large and midsized companies in the US are now offering financial wellness programmes as an employee benefit, according to a recent survey[1]. In contrast however, a recent report out by the CIPD has revealed that in the UK, financial wellbeing is a [..]


Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day….
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Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day….

On 20th July 1957, the Prime Minister Harold Macmillan said in a speech “most of our people have never had it so good”. Rationing post WW2 was over, and this optimism continued through the swinging sixties until we reached the somewhat darker days in the [..]


What is the main cause of stress outside of the workplace?
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What is the main cause of stress outside of the workplace?

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social wellbeing and can affect anyone at any time. It can impact on the choices we make, how we feel or even how we cope with daily stresses. There are many causes of mental health problems, so we wanted to [..]


Why is the most powerful tool to improve employee financial wellbeing being completely ignored?
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Why is the most powerful tool to improve employee financial wellbeing being completely ignored?

As a keen advocate of financial wellbeing in the workplace, for many years I’ve been working together with employers to help improve their employees’ financial wellbeing. During this time, I have not found many who have implemented a solution to help employees [..]


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