Tag: professional benefits

  1. Live well work well

    The rising cost of living is affecting us all (and our bank balances), and it’s also having a marked impact on the employment market; driving more people to look for a new job.
    With more candidates looking to change jobs, employers are having to do more in order to attract the best candidates and retain current staff.

    Benefits packages
    Job hunting isn’t simply about salary and take home pay. Employers are looking for new and innovative ways to improve quality of life for their staff; from offering home and hybrid working options to free food and coffee, healthcare and gym membership. The list of ‘extra benefits’ on job adverts is escalating as organisations compete to attract and retain the best people.
    Supplying employee benefits packages is a growing sector in itself. Perkbox – a global benefits and rewards platform – claims this helps to keep each employee happy, healthy and motivated, and that employee experience and wellbeing is now more critical than ever.
    Promoting mental and physical wellbeing at work have long been recognised as the foundations for a successful business as happy workers are more productive and less likely to leave their jobs or take time off sick.

    Financial wellbeing
    However, in today’s cost of living crisis, organisations are also looking for ways to support the financial wellbeing of staff. With more people worrying about money (and bringing those worries to work with them) it makes perfect sense to extend wellbeing strategies to help staff cope with today’s tough economic climate. The CIPD even suggest that all employers should consider implementing a financial wellbeing policy to let staff know where they can seek help if needed.
    Home working options certainly reduce petrol and travel costs, but may in turn increase utility bills or create the need for a better home broadband connection. Some employers are even offering to contribute towards these costs.
    Many organisations are waking up to the fact that financial wellbeing amongst staff makes good business sense. Providing employees with access to free or discounted professional financial advice helps people keep control of their household budgets as the cost of living spirals. It’s all about equipping staff with the tools to deal with concerns around debt, savings or expenses; daily worries we’re all experiencing that could affect performance at work.

  2. Dive in to a Board role!




    Adrian Moorhouse and Sue Anstiss, board members of Leisure Focus.


    Former Olympic swimmer Adrian Moorhouse is just one of the growing number of people who are offering to share skills and experience on a Board in order to help a local organisation.

    Adrian joined the Board of Leisure Focus – a not-for-profit charitable body that promotes sports in local communities across Berkshire – last year. As a former high profile athlete he’s an ideal candidate to endorse and encourage healthier lifestyles, but Board positions are open to anyone, regardless of skills and qualifications. And as well as giving something back to your local community, volunteering as a Board member often delivers a host of personal and professional benefits as well.

    Adrian says acting as a Trustee is a wonderful opportunity to champion a cause you feel passionate about:

    “I have lived in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead for over 25 years and have a huge affection for the area. As I am passionate about the support and facilities for health and wellbeing being available to everyone in our community, it made perfect sense to join the Board of Leisure Focus. It’s great to work alongside like-minded people on the Board who really care about the Borough and I am proud to champion and be an advocate for all things Leisure Focus. The role of Trustee has challenged me in that my experience is not specifically from this sector so I am learning and developing new skills. Joining the Board has definitely been a worthwhile and rewarding experience.”

    One of Adrian’s colleagues on the Board, Sue Anstiss, is also well known in the sports and fitness sector. As a tireless campaigner for women’s sport, Sue was a founding Trustee of the Women’s Sport Trust charity. She says getting involved as a Trustee with Leisure Focus was a way to give something back to her local community:

    “I believe passionately about the importance of sport and physical activity for all ages. Having enjoyed the extensive facilities and services across the Borough over the past 30 years – both myself and for my three daughters – I wanted to give back in some way. Helping people maintain their mental and physical health has never been more important and I hope my involvement on the Board can play a part in ensuring our facilities are available for all.”

    Sue urges anyone who is considering volunteering with a Board to go for it:

    “You’ll get back as much as you put in. Come to the role with enthusiasm and be willing to share your expertise and experience. It’s incredibly rewarding to support the fantastic team on the ground at Leisure Focus and it’s a pleasure to watch and support the incredible work they are doing during this challenging time. We’re a small, proactive Board and I really feel as if we are able to have an impact.”

    Become a Trustee

    We are working with Leisure Focus to recruit a new Trustee to join the Board. For more information please download a Recruitment Pack. For an informal chat about the role please contact Phil Foster on philipfoster@oceanedge.biz or call 023 8000 1153.