As January draws to a close and 2019 gets truly under way, employers appear to not only be thinking about profits and productivity for the year ahead, but also about their impact on both employees and the wider world.
This might take the form of a commitment to a more sustainable future, a dedication to having a positive impact on the world and the office, or making sure to support employees, above and beyond pay and pensions.
This week alone, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has signed the Trades Union Congress’ Dying to Work charter, pledging to support employees living with terminal illness. Meanwhile, corporate giant Microsoft has signed a new disability inclusion commitment, alongside other big names, such as Barclays and Fujitsu.
In addition, the government is consulting on increases to discrimination protections for new parents, further advancing the cause of inclusivity in the UK.
Not only is thought diversity good for business, but with many young people aiming to work for organisations that have a positive impact on the world, and being increasingly willing to jump ship to achieve this, it is good for retention too.
From big commitments around diversity and inclusion, to the day-to-day impact of working life, organisations are ever more aware of the importance of looking after their staff. This might come down to simple lighting concerns, as Staples reports that having a well-functioning and attractive workplace is key for mental health for 81% of employees.
In 2019, it appears that the world of benefits and reward is only getting more focused on holistic wellbeing, and any employer that does not join in is likely to be left behind.
To this end, Employee Benefits Connect, taking place on 27 February 2019, will provide valuable insights into how employers can implement a comprehensive, global wellbeing strategy, among numerous other topics centred around the future of reward.