Debbie Lovewell-Tuck: Wider skillsets needed by benefits professionals

An almost constant evolution of business strategy in response to the economic climate, the need to identify new revenue streams and a requirement to keep up with market developments are all part and parcel of today’s business world. And with these circumstances comes the need for different employee skillsets.

Debbie Lovewell-Tuck

As a result, over the past few years, many of us will have seen our jobs change, and in many cases expand, to support the evolution of our employer.

For some benefits professionals, this will have involved taking on an internationally focused role for the first time. For others, it will have meant evolving from a specialist benefits role, for example focusing on pensions or health and wellbeing perks, to a more generalist role covering a much broader range of benefits. Our cover feature this month (Wider spectrum, page 14) delves into this trend.

One way that reward and benefits professionals are being recommended to expand their knowledge base (although this certainly applies in other industries, too) is by attending industry conferences and networking events. At the risk of straying into the realms of self-promotion, those of you who are looking to do so may be interested in attending Employee Benefits Connect on 4 March in London.

The day-long event will focus on future market trends to stimulate inspirational thinking around key benefits areas. Roundtable discussions, meanwhile, will give delegates the opportunity to network and delve further into these ideas with their peers and our expert industry sponsors.

I hope to see you there.

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