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In the news: September 2023

A short summary of some of the coverage featuring the Partners& team in the wellbeing, benefits, pensions, protection, and Human Resources media during September 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 September 2023 (with links embedded for those wishing to read the full article).

Debunking the 10,000-steps myth

Employers often rely on assumed truths as part of their approach to worker wellbeing.  Steve Herbert considers one such assumption and outlines a more logical approach for employers and employees alike in this article for the CIPD’s People Management Magazine.

Publication:  People Management Magazine


Is the UK heading for stagflation?

The latest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) monthly data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) highlights that – once again – the UK economy completely reversed the gains made in the previous month.  So, are we now in a period of stagnation or even stagflation?  Our own Steve Herbert was invited to comment as one of the experts quoted in this collective LinkedIn article.

Publications:  LinkedIn


DWP Employer Survey results

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) 2022 employer survey was published in September and covered a variety of important themes including diversity, employee health, and worker wellbeing.  Partners& provide some expert supporting commentary in this useful article for People Management Magazine.

Publication:  People Management Magazine


The reasons behind rising absence rates

The Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) has released its latest survey on employee absence and found that the average employee is now taking two extra days of sick leave each year when compared to pre-pandemic data.  So what factors are behind this sudden surge in absence?  Steve Herbert explores this theme in his monthly column for the Employer News website.

Publication:  Employer News


The wider impacts of financial stress

A recent survey highlights that financial stress can lead to both physical and mental health problems.  This article explores this theme and includes commentary from Partners& as to how employers can best support their workers in this increasingly important area.

Publication:  People Management Magazine


The top of the interest rate stairway?

After 14 consecutive increases, the Bank of England (BoE) has finally paused its seemingly relentless rise in the bank base rate.  Commentators – including our own Steve Herbert – consider whether interest rates have reached their peak, and wonder what will happen next.

Publication:  LinkedIn


A “manifesto” for good work

With one eye firmly on the next General Election, the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) has published its own “manifesto” for good work.  One of the topics covered includes the long-overdue restructure of UK sick pay.  Partners& were invited to add some informed perspective on this important issue.

Publication:  People Management Magazine


That’s it for this month, but we will (of course) continue to regularly update our followers with our latest posts, comments, research, and thoughts.