May 2024 – Employee Benefits: How to Stop Wasting Money

Are you throwing money at employee benefits or a health and wellbeing programme that aren't appreciated?

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Ensuring your workforce is happy, healthy and motivated has become a complicated and expensive matter. Multiple generations, diverse workers, hybrid working all means delivering a coherent benefits offering that is useful and accessible is a serious challenge. After you’ve assembled and paid for a seemingly unending array of benefits you may find some of them are still not used – or more to the point, unless you manage the scheme correctly you might not even know some of them are not used – the result? Money wasted and no impact on the workforce.

The HR World’s second webinar for May took as its theme Employee Benefits. Under the title: How to stop Wasting Money the webinar featured input from Wendy Rose, Global Sales/Partnerships Director at Dialogue, Philomena Gray, Global Chief People Officer at Imagination and Mary Beighton, People & Culture Director at Zuto.

One overwhelming takeaway from the webinar was that organisations should be very clear as to what they want to achieve from their employee benefits. These are not simply provided in order to reward good work, but can be crucial for employee engagement and even creating an appreciated company culture. At a time when the cost-of-living crisis has placed huge emphasis on the need to reward and recognise employees, taking a strategic approach to employee benefits can work wonders.

The panellists identified various benefits to be effective in appealing to talent both from a candidate attraction point of view and in terms of retaining that talent. They also set out the way by which employers can ensure their benefits are always delivering great value for money, encouraging them to carry out a regular review of provision based on employee use and of course, employee preference.

At the end of the day, employee benefits should not be taken for granted, either by the employers offering these perks and rewards, nor by the employees in line to receive them. By making these an active and evolving offering, organisations can maximise the value driven from each benefit and ensure the organisation and the employee gets the best from their working life.



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Wendy Rose

Wendy Rose: Global Sales/Partnerships Director at Dialogue

Wendy Rose boasts over 20 years in B2B and B2B2C business development, currently serving as Global Sales/Partnerships Director at Dialogue, a health tech leader. Certified in PRINCE2 and Six Sigma, she excels in innovative sales strategies, relationship building, and international expansion. Passionate about tech-driven health solutions, Wendy aims for growth and exceptional service in the health tech sector.

Philomena Gray

Philomena Gray: Global Chief People Officer at Imagination

Philomena Gray is a seasoned international People and Talent leader with 20+ years’ experience in global organisations across sectors like Financial Services, Entertainment, and Advertising. Operating at C Suite level for 18 years, she excels in Talent Management and strategic people decisions. Philomena is known for results, teamwork, and stakeholder collaboration.

Mary Beighton

Mary Beighton: People & Culture Director at Zuto

Mary Beighton is a versatile people leader with expertise in wellbeing, DEI, and engagement, coupled with a focus on operational excellence. With deep operational experience in regulated, high-growth startup settings, she thrives in fast-paced, challenging environments. Solution-oriented and commercially driven, Mary is motivated by ambitious vision and strong culture.


Simon Kent: Head of Content - The HR World

Simon Kent: Head of Content - The HR World

Simon Kent has been a freelance journalist in the field of HR and the workplace for over 20 years.

He cut his teeth travelling the country asking people what they did for a living for The Guardian and developing an interest in how work and employees are managed.

He has written extensively for the national press, business and professional publications dedicated to general and specific HR functions, taking in HR tech, pay and benefits, legal, training, recruitment and more.

He has edited HR and public sector magazines, digging out the best stories and liaising with senior level personnel and high-profile public sector leaders to bring great content to readers.

He has written books, blogs, white papers, features, profile, case studies and more. He has chaired round tables and brought high quality coverage online to a diverse platforms as electronic media has evolved.

He continues to be motivated to find the stories and subjects that matter most to readers and ensure they deliver value every time.

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