Benefits and physical wellbeing focus

The tech giant will be focusing on its benefits provision next year following the appointment of Kate Hilzer as its new Head of Reward in September. It’s particularly interested in schemes that appeal to the “sandwich generation”; employees with a responsibility to both their children and parents. While it strives to be innovative with the schemes it invests in they must also be comprehensive and not isolate any specific demographics. Kate’s appointment could indicate a review of both the company’s reward and benefits packages in the new year and presents an ideal opportunity for suppliers to get on the radar while she is trying to make her mark on the function. Benefits currently offered by the business include gym schemes, season ticket loans, personal accident insurance and discount dining cards.

In August the business launched an online financial wellbeing programme for its Dublin-based staff. An extension of the platform it already had in place within the UK, it’s one example of the company’s wider strategy to develop a more consistent approach to its HR provision. When it comes to financial wellness it takes a holistic approach; offering pension advice, an employee assistance programme and a free mortgage advice service. With a lot of attention placed on financial wellness over the last year, we predict that the company will turn its attention to mental and physical wellbeing in 2019. Continuing in the same vein it will likely adopt a holistic approach and look for solutions that can be rolled out consistently across multiple regions.

Revenue: £172.58bn

Number of employees: 370,000

HR providers: Nudge, Thomsons Online Benefits, GymFlex, Reward Gateway

New appointments this year:

Head of Reward – Kate Hilzer

Other key contacts:

Head of HR – Angela Bradfield

VP HR – Tess Smillie