Hymans Robertson boosts take up of cancer care

27 March 2015 Consultancy.uk

Hymans Robertson's move to launch a cancer screening programme is increasingly proving a popular decision. Since the programme's launch last year, part of a wider set of wellbeing offerings, 6% of its 750 employees have made use of the scheme.

In 2014 consulting firm Hymans Robertson launched a cancer screening programme as part of its wider flexible benefits offering, after the need was discovered among its staff. “It is very real for us. We have had a number of employees who have unfortunately had cancer. We wanted, and were keen, to add the benefit as part of flex and our wellbeing offering,” explains Steve Moore, Head of HR at Hymans Robertson. “It showed to our employees of all levels that we care. It is a great benefit and we have had good value from it.”

Hymans Robertson - Cancer care

So far around 6% of the firm’s 750 staff have taken up the offer and taken the test. “For a first time benefit the take up was more than expected in the business, [which] has shown that it has been valued by employees,” says Moore. “This year we will look to build on that. We already do a lot of communications around this and we will continue to do so.” The aim now of the organisation is to improve the uptake of the test by raising awareness of cancer risks and by communicating the availability of the offer to its staff.

Wellbeing offering
The introduction of cancer testing is part of the firm’s wider benefit offering, which also includes private medical insurance for staff and their families, dental insurance as well as health screening options. The firm has also introduced a ‘birthday leave’ programme to show its commitment to being a ‘people-centred’ workplace. Moore comments: “It is a very personal touch just like the cancer care programme. We do not add it to annual leave or roll the day over, it is about the here and now and give employees a two-week window to take a day off for their birthday,” comments Moore.

“It is about making an organisation for people that [feels like] it is the best job they have ever had. These benefits and being a part of the Sunday Times’ ‘Best 100 Companies to Work For’ goes someway to showcasing that.”


Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

05 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

A pair of Bristol-based consulting firms have been recognized for having among the UK’s best office break areas. People Source Consulting and Ashville were marked out for their vibrant and fun spaces, which feature table games, picnic areas, and even beer.

With competition for talent in the UK continuing to heat up – as the nation continues to enjoy its highest employment rate since the 1970s – firms have been upping their game on multiple fronts to help attract the cream of the crop. In order to successfully court the best candidates, companies are not only taking into account pay and benefits, but are also working to lure potential employees to their firms with the promise of innovative and vibrant work spaces.

In late 2018, employment website Glassdoor announced ten offices had been named the coolest places to work in the UK. Among those lauded for their work in enriching the working day of their employees was Capco – the only consultancy to make the grade.

Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

Now, HomeLeisureDirect.com, a leading games room specialist based in the UK, has announced the ten offices it believes have made the cut for its inaugural Office Breakout of the Year competition. The contest has pitted a diverse range of companies against one another to be named the best office-based breakout space that the UK has to offer. Research from HomeLeisureDirect.com recently revealed that 65% of workers would consider switching employers for a better working environment, making the appearance of two consultancies on the list especially important for their recruitment ambitions.

People Source Consulting – a recruitment business from Bristol – hosts a brightly lit and vibrant space, complete with faux grass and picnic benches, along with a well-stocked beverage fridge – alcohol appears to be an option – as well as an array of tabletop games, including pool. Ashville, an asset management consultancy also based in Bristol, meanwhile boasts a break room decked out with table football, a table tennis court and even arcade machines.

Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

The other eight finalists exhibit offerings including swinging hammocks, scooters and a bizarre and brilliant variety of other features. The other nominees are accessplanit – a software business from Lancaster; Digital 22 – a marketing and design agency from Clitheroe; Roc Search – a tech and engineering recruitment specialist from Reading; Sales-i – a provider of sales analytics software from Solihull; SEC Group – an office fit out company from Stevenage; SLG Brands – a portfolio of beauty brands with a head office in Cheltenham; Zest Digital – a digital marketing agency from Oxford; and 16i – a digital design agency also from Cheltenham.

Andy Beresford, MD of HomeLeisureDirect.com, said, “According to recent reports, the UK is currently seeing record levels of employment, and while that might be a great statistic, the knock-on effect is that it’s becoming harder and harder to recruit top talent… Being named as a finalist gives those shortlisted businesses the opportunity to showcase how they go about delivering a better working environment for their employees, with some top effort evidently involved judging by what we’ve seen.”