Case Study: Informa

Publishing company Informa employs 8,500 people worldwide and has been recognised as one of Britain’s top employers by the CRF Institute for three years running, scoring full marks for its pay and benefits package.

Thomas Humphris, head office HR and UK reward director at Informa, says: “Our benefits strategy focuses on two key areas: health and wealth. In this economic climate, we want to help employees’ money go further and provide them with benefits they appreciate, but we also recognise a happy, healthy workforce is a more productive one.”

As well as a wide range of discount vouchers on everything from holidays to shopping, Informa offers a number of health-related perks through its flexible benefits scheme. These include private medical insurance, a health cash plan, dental insurance, health screening and gym membership. All of these can be extended to family members, too.

The company also operates a flexible working policy, enabling employees to adapt their working lives to fit their lifestyle. “Anyone can apply to work part-time or work from home on a part-time or full-time basis,” says Humphris. “We try to be as flexible with employees as possible. This supports morale, but also means we get more back from our staff.”

For example, when one Informa employee moved back to Australia, they were able to continue doing their job by working from home.