Even in 2020, we can still be reluctant to admit we’re struggling with our mental health to family, employers or colleagues. This may because of the stigma that can still surround it, or from a fear of seeming weak or unable to do our jobs.
There’s more focus than ever on the benefits of pedal power. Better physical and mental health, savings on transport or fuel costs, all while being kind to the environment. But adding a Cycle to Work scheme as an employee benefit does more than help your people and the planet. It could bring business benefits too.
Even before the coronavirus pandemic turned the world’s working practices upside down, a number of UK employers were struggling to make their employee benefits match the expectations and needs of their people.
A caring employer always wants to do their best to help ensure the mental health and wellbeing of their people. But unprecedented times bring unprecedented challenges. Furloughed employees in particular may face a number of additional pressures. So how do businesses look after people who may be unable to work through no fault of their own?
In these challenging times we’d like to help by enabling employers with more than 25 employees to provide instant access to a range of discounts and offers that staff can use to help with everyday spending. These can be accessed via both a web portal and a mobile app which come from BenefitHub, a third-party provider of retail benefits and discounts.
With so many of us currently working from home, it’s understandable that some businesses may be worried about people’s productivity. There may be children demanding attention, shopping queues to negotiate, the latest box set demanding five more minutes, and music playing.
However, the last of these can actually have a positive effect on the working environment, as long as, like Abba said in Dancing Queen, “where they play the right music.” And while music in the workplace has sometimes been a bone of contention, self-isolation and social distancing has removed those barriers.
There’s a new string to the Benni bow!
Together with BenefitHub, a global employee benefits provider, Benni now gives employers an enhanced, broader and more valuable employee benefits package.
Available with any Benni product at no additional cost, BenefitHub lets you reward your people with online access to everyday savings at high street chains, retail outlets, entertainment venues, and hotel and travel providers.
On the face of it, providing employee benefits sounds a pretty simple process. Decide what benefits you want you to offer, find a provider that supplies them and give your people access to them. In reality, that’s often not the case.
The current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is a situation we’re monitoring very carefully.
Aside from the measures we’re taking to look after our people and customers, below is some information we’re being asked in relation to our business operations and policies.