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In the news: November 2023

A short summary of some of the coverage featuring the Partners& team in the wellbeing, benefits, pensions, protection, and Human Resources media during November 2023…

The Partners& team are now firmly established as a regular – and insightful – provider of expert commentary across a range of specialist media titles.

Below is a summary of just some of the key themes we have commented on in the month of November 2023 (with links embedded for those wishing to read the full article).


HR hot topics for 2024

Steve Herbert joined Craig Pritchard and Sophie Haslehurst of ecosystem partner Integrity 365 for a look ahead to the 2024 hot topics for HR professionals.  This hour-long video of the event covers many of the key subjects including the economy, world events, the NHS crisis, employee benefits, and corporate pension changes.

Publication:  YouTube


Keep calm and call in sick

With absence numbers on the rise, the national broadsheet The Daily Telegraph asks if British workers have lost their stiff upper lip.  This article includes commentary from many HR and industry notables, including Steve Herbert of Partners&.

Publication:  The Daily Telegraph


Employee WhatsApp groups

Many employees have turned to instant messaging in place of water-cooler chats in the new remote working world, yet several high-profile cases have highlighted the risks of unguarded comments committed to writing.  The CIPD’s People Management magazine explores this key topic, including some thoughts and commentary from Partners&.

Publication:  People Management


UK faces stagflation challenge

Has the UK economy stagnated, and if so what next?  LinkedIn asked their expert panel to contribute thoughts and advice on this important topic, including our very own Steve Herbert who looks beyond the current inflation challenges to the risks of UK deflation in 2025.

Publication:  LinkedIn News


Dog-friendly offices:  The HR perspective

It has long been recognised that canine companions can boost wellbeing and morale, but can they also boost engagement and productivity?  People Management magazine looks at the growing trend of dogs in the workplace and asks if there are any potential pitfalls to be considered.  This article includes thoughts and commentary from Partners&.

Publication:  People Management


The NHS waiting List:  Unlucky 7s?

The NHS England waiting list hits yet another new high – and this may be particularly bad news for employers with a large employment footprint in less affluent areas of the United Kingdom.  In this personal LinkedIn article, Steve Herbert explores recent findings and evidence produced by both the British Medical Association (BMA) and The Kings Fund.

Publication:  LinkedIn


The Autumn Statement:  Back on track?

The Chancellor of the Exchequer’s 2023 Autumn Statement included several rather surprising measures and changes for employers to consider and/or implement.  Steve Herbert looks at announcements including the very significant increase to the National Living Wage from April 2024, the 2% decrease in employee National Insurance in January, and the announcement of a pension “pot for life” consultation which might fundamentally change auto-enrolment duties for employers.

Publication:  Employer News


 That’s it for 2023, but we will (of course) continue to regularly update our followers with our latest posts, comments, research, and thoughts in the new year.