The latest thinking in workplace resilience
Read the latest thinking on the key areas that will help you build a rising, resilient workforce.
Becoming a rising, resilient business
Employers are used to investing in benefits packages and health insurance as tools for attracting and retaining the right talent, but in the modern day, employees and society expect intelligent alignment with their needs, from social wellness to professional development and mindset growth. And those who do invest in their teams may stand to gain so much more.
Building employee resilience: three actions companies can take now
Over the past three years the conversation around resilience has intensified, and the idea of ‘building resilience’ has become a key focus for many organisations looking to support their workforce through an evolving and volatile environment.
Prevention is better than cure: Are employers up for the challenge to change behaviours in the workplace?
Our new whitepaper explores how the use of data insights can empower employers in making a sustainable impact on the health of their workforce.
To Build Workforce Agility, Look at These Six Factors
Workforce agility is critical in today’s workplace amid uncertainty and the need for transferable and new skills. Our framework incorporates six talent and rewards areas that have the biggest influence on developing (or hindering) workforce agility. HR and business leaders can focus their efforts within these areas to enhance the agility of their workforce, ultimately leading to better outcomes. How can you measure and improve upon your workforce agility across these six factors?
Business lessons learned from a desert competition
When Laura Wanlass, partner and global corporate governance and ESG advisory practice leader for Aon’s human capital team, set out to compete in her fourth Rebelle Rally this October, she knew she would face uncertainty and adversity that would require her to be agile and resilient. Similar qualities that Aon holds when helping clients manage risks and volatility.
Transforming energy starts with people
Many firms within the energy and power sectors are developing their vision for the future and prioritising a move towards decarbonisation and renewables. As they go through this transition, they have to navigate a multitude of new challenges. One issue connects all of these factors: people — more specifically, workforces.
Poor financial wellbeing is a global issue. But there is room for positivity and optimism.
The statistics about personal finance and financial wellbeing make grim reading. The number and variety of structural and cultural challenges in this area can seem quite daunting.
Driving Positive Change Through Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Webinar
Throughout the program, key themes were discussed around data-driven approaches to addressing diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) in the workplace. These themes included how to hold leaders accountable, and how improving DE&I enables organisations to reshape their workforce for the future to build value for all stakeholders.
The Ageing Population: Why it’s time to take notice – HR TALKS UK Podcast, Episode 3
The ageing population is a looming issue in employment and one that needs to climb the corporate agenda; we’re all living longer so could spend longer in work in later life when we are more likely to be unwell. Plus, increasingly, many people have elderly dependents and sandwiched caring responsibilities. What does the data tell us about the future of work with an ageing population and how can employers prepare now for the impact of an ageing workforce? Mark Witte, head of propositions and consulting for the UK health business of Aon, joins us to discuss.
Mental Health: Awareness and challenges around mental health – HR TALKS UK Podcast, Episode 2
Everyone’s talking about mental health right now, but how do we make sure employees have the right support and employers the right tools to ensure it? We speak to Charles Alberts, from the Wellbeing Solutions team at Aon, and Nick Taylor, clinical psychologist and CEO of Unmind, about the change in mental health awareness that COVID-19 has brought about and what employers should do to help people maintain a healthy mind.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Embracing inclusivity – HR TALKS UK Podcast, Episode 1
Having a diverse workplace – in which everyone is seen and heard – is beneficial to all. Thankfully, DEI is being foregrounded across the world of work to give people real equity and prevent discriminatory conduct. How do companies measure the success of and sustain their DEI strategies? Avneet Kaur, from Aon’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team, talks us through what DEI really means and how to implement DEI strategies properly.
Why does workforce resilience matter in Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)?
People are the core of every organisation and savvy deal makers know that a strong focus on people is paramount to the success of any transaction. As a result, human capital Due Diligence has become a critical part of any M&A process.
Take a break: why it is important to create some distance between you and your work this summer
The summer is traditionally a time to take a well-deserved break from work – to recharge the batteries, to get a fresh perspective, and to maintain your resilience in the face of a continuously challenging world.
Diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace
Championing diversity, equity and inclusion (‘DE&I’) is not a new theme for many organisations – but external factors are reinforcing the need for a robust DE&I strategy and accelerating pressure on organisations to act and report on DE&I goals.
Long hours and burnout
Long working hours, increased workload and the pressure to perform elevate the risk of work-related stress — threatening to undermine the resilience of both individuals and organisations in the financial services sector.
What does your workforce really want from the employee experience?
Our Employee Mindset Study explores the preferences and attitudes of 550 Irish employees, towards total rewards, employee benefits and financial wellbeing. Are employers really meeting their expectations in this space?
The aging population: why its time to take notice
The aging population is a demographic megatrend that employers need to understand and act upon. Our employer guide covers a range of challenges this trend presents for employers and employees alike and provides a checklist of actions to consider.
Driving positive change with diversity, equity and inclusion
Companies that lead the way will build inclusive cultures, set ambitious diversity goals, ensure pay is equitable, and ultimately be in the best position to attract, retain and engage talent. In this guidebook, we explore how companies can take actionable steps using workforce analytics to achieve both their short- and long-term DE&I goals.
Accelerate your workforce into the future
Companies must create workforces prepared to withstand future disruptions and stresses. The path to getting there requires using data intelligently to balance people risk with optimizing people spend, while also empowering workforce agility and resilience.
OOO: tracking compensation and careers for remote workers
Changes in where and how employees work will shape career development, pay and the leadership skills necessary to thrive going forward — speeding up a workforce evolution already in motion.
The 10 factors that fuel a resilient workforce
As the pandemic has challenged businesses, it’s also challenged the wellbeing of their employees, not just in terms of their physical health but their mental and financial wellness as well.
The wellbeing revolution: can data solve the health crisis?
With medical discovery and technology advancing at a rapid pace, some analysts predict that soon we could all live beyond our 100th birthdays. But a longer life does not necessarily mean optimal health.
The app will see you now: how companies are personalising health
From shopping to hailing a ride, with the click of a button or a swipe of a screen, technology has revolutionized our everyday lives. But can it change the way we address the global issue of declining health?
2020 Gig Economy report
Financial security or greater control? Uncover the tough decisions driving the Gig Economy and how businesses can redress the benefits balance.
2021 Global Medical Trend Rates Report
Despite the pandemic, the high prevalence of employer-sponsored medical plans is expected to continue and provisions offered by these medical plans continues to expand. But how?
Rebuilding for a new better: Dublin work, travel, convene coalition
Global COVID-19 pandemic has underscored how we are living and working in extraordinary and unprecedented times. Read about the key decisions made by organisations in both the public and private sectors – no matter their size, location or industry.
Working towards a new better: London work, travel, convene coalition
Every organisation is working through the COVID-19 crisis, making decisions for their business and supporting their workforces. But what does a ‘New Better’ look like?
Global HR Pulse Survey (May 2021)
Our May 2021 global HR pulse survey explores how companies are returning employees onsite, setting vaccine policies and implementing the future of work.
Closing the future skills gap to drive business success
At a time of accelerated business and workforce change, organizations must act quickly to create agile and resilient workforces with the skills to meet future challenges. In this guidebook, we explore how employers can future-proof their workforce.
Future of pay: enabling workplace change through rewards
Organizations that reimagine how they deploy, reward and listen to their people will be ready for the future. In this guidebook, we explore how employers can future-proof their workforce by offering flexible and holistic rewards programs.
Location strategy: defining how and where people should work
Traditional location strategies are actively being disrupted. It's time to rethink your approach and use remote working as a catalyst for change in your organization. But how?
Coping with COVID: the impact on sandwich generation workers
The impacts of the pressures facing the Sandwich Generation can make their way into the workplace in the forms of absenteeism, decreased productivity or increased turnover. And women are bearing the brunt.
2021 Global Wellbeing Survey
Until now, the link between wellbeing and company performance has been unclear at best, but Aon’s 2021 Global Wellbeing Survey looks at the direct link between employee wellbeing and business performance.
How your diversity and inclusion strategy can help to build employee resilience and wellbeing
Diversity and inclusion; D&I; diversity, equity and inclusion; inclusion and diversity – there are several ways to describe the steps firms are taking to deliver a more equitable employee experience.
The importance of workplace resilience: why should businesses care?
The world of work is ever-changing, and the COVID-19 pandemic has caused immense upheaval and catalysed new ways of working. We take a look at why resilience is so important to businesses - and how companies can help build resilient workforces.
Continued lifestyle risks drive up medical costs and increase the need for resilience
Medical costs are continuing to rise, and demand for medical services is predicted to return to normal in 2021. What can employers do to manage their medical, health and wellbeing costs?
Creating a culture of lifelong learning without a ‘job for life’
With jobs for life a thing of the past, and an age of change creating promise for those that stay ahead and peril for those that do not – employees and employers alike are changing their attitude towards continual education attainment as a way to stay relevant. In fact, lifelong learning has been penned as one of the answers to creating a resilient workforce.
How great coaches build brilliant habits
Positive habits are not built overnight. But with inspirational leadership, can organisations play a more fundamental role in improving the health and wellbeing of their employees? We explore the role managers can play in coaching their people to achieve personal and professional ambitions, and in doing so, build healthy habits that will last a lifetime.
Building a future-ready business alongside your employees
Business sustainability is being challenged by forces outside of business control and with employee expectations changing, and public scrutiny growing — many businesses are having to undergo great transformations today to make sure they remain resilient tomorrow. Those that succeed in changing course, involve their employees in the process, so that their people, purpose and potential align.
Using digital technology to ensure strong social and team connections
In an age of information and unprecedented change, digital technology is increasingly being used to create social connections. As a result, employees are demanding more from their employers, in the hope that digital technology can help them to manage their home and work lives with more autonomy. So just how can employers ensure these channels are effective?
Delivering excellence by aligning organisational purpose with employee values and aspirations
Finding meaning in your work is one of the most rewarding ways to spend your 9-5 as an employee. To achieve this, employers are increasingly trying to align company objectives with causes their staff care about, which in turn is helping them to attract and retain talent, while also propelling productivity through the pursuit of shared goals.
The secrets of nutrition and improved mental performance
Food – we all know it is the fuel our bodies need to maintain our energy levels. But do you know the role it plays in supporting your brain function too? Whether it is brain fog, the post-lunch slump, or a caffeine crash; what we eat can impact our performance, productivity, sleep, and mood – so it is important to learn how to use it to our advantage.
The physiological repercussions of coronavirus on home workers
The COVID-19 pandemic forced millions of people to retreat to their homes as countrywide lockdowns were enforced overnight. But what is the impact of this adjustment? And with so many expected to work from home for the foreseeable future, how can we learn to not just cope, but thrive as we adapt to a new way of working?
Building resilience through employee-centric social wellbeing strategies
Resilient businesses are reacting to COVID-19 by ensuring their workforces remain engaged, productive and socially connected. But as the change refuses to abate, employers are realising that we may never return to previous ways of working, and that the way employees interact has changed permanently. So how can we continue to create close social bonds?
The cost of staying fit
When it comes to your retirement, what do you want your life to look like? We are guessing that whatever your plans, health and wealth are an important feature of your vision for the future. With these crucial aspects so interconnected, we explore why maintaining a healthy approach to both fitness and finance today can positively impact your future plans.
9 tips to help your employees combat workplace pressures
Work-related pressure is not always a negative force in the workplace it can actually help to boost productivity, build resilience, and enhance focus and motivation. However, it can also become an issue when the demands placed on people exceed their resilience threshold, having a detrimental impact on their productivity, performance, and overall wellbeing. To strike the right balance follow our nine tips to help your employees handle pressure.
Making fitness fit — physical health for high performers
In high-pressure environments, exercise could be the key to greater productivity and increased wellbeing but how can you support time-impoverished employees to make fitness fit? We explore different approaches to ensuring that your workforce can find time to improve their physical performance, alongside their employee performance.
You are what you eat: filling your cupboards with the good stuff
Working from home has, for many, changed our eating and shopping habits – some for the better, others for the worse. With greater numbers of us working from home either permanently or more frequently, we explore how filling your cupboards with better produce, shopping smartly and planning your meals can help you eat better and waste less.
Are you sitting comfortably? Well, then it is probably time you stood up and moved.
So much of our modern lives involve sitting. In fact, if you took the time to count how much of your day you spent sitting down you would probably be surprised by just how high that number is; even as we work from home. In this article we explore why standing up could be the most important step you take this week and how technology can help get you moving.
When is the right time to talk about money?
In many cultures and for many individuals money is not something that is discussed openly. Yet learning how today’s decisions can affect tomorrow, and what long-term saving strategies are available can have a hugely positive impact on an employee’s state of mind, as well as helping to create a productive and happy workforce in the long run.
Why wealth benefits are a prerequisite to health benefits
As wealth disparity increases, economic crises abound, and unemployment is always a possibility, employees are becoming more in need of financial support. Getting the fundamentals of prevention, intervention, and education in place can reduce the health and wealth gap, as well as creating an employer brand people potentially flock to.
Fostering an emotionally rewarding environment in the workplace
Emotional wellbeing is a personal topic, and the causes of poor emotional wellbeing are as unique and diverse as the individuals affected. In a world of increasing worry, and the wide and varied knock-on effects of this, it is vital that leadership and line managers are poised and equipped to deal with these threats and create a culture that nurtures relationships and emotional safety.
The benefits you would never think of
An above-average pension package, a subsidised gym membership, and maybe if you are lucky, a ping pong table. It is safe to say that many benefit packages are suffering from a homogeneity that leaves little differentiation. So organisations are reimagining their traditional benefits package in order to attract and, more importantly, retain the best talent.
Health in a heatwave — keeping cool at work and at home
As the mercury rises in the sweltering heat of summer, so too can office tensions and discomfort. While office air conditioning debates may be on hold for many this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic changing where we work, summer in our new working environments may be even more difficult than normal.
Bringing micro-moments of recovery into the office: your guide to being zen at work
What if we could find little moments within our days to build in some mental recovery? We have all heard of mindfulness, but do we actually know how to practise it? And do we even have the time?
Forming new habits in 100 days
The desire to change our behaviours in order to optimise health, energy, productivity, happiness and success are common goals that unite us. However, changing old habits and maintaining new ones, as you have probably discovered, is hard. And there is a good reason why.
Uncovering how to support the emotional wellbeing of a global workforce
The impact poor mental health can have on a workforce is increasingly well recognised. The role employers can play has huge potential in supporting emotional wellbeing and offsetting its negative effects, but as businesses grow their workforces globally, how can employers provide cross-cultural health and wellbeing solutions that are inclusive and support diversity?
Using technology to reach those most in need of benefit
As the ways used to send information to employees increase, how do we break through the noise and distractions to ensure they are engaged with the right benefits and support? Find out how behaviour change can help employees and employers alike, and the apps available that can enable more productive lifestyles.