EXCLUSIVE: Engine Group held a selection of employee benefits fairs earlier this month to coincide with its annual flexible benefits window.
The largest of the fairs took place on 3 September at the marketing and advertising organisation’s Great Portland Street office, London, in an effort to raise awareness of the benefits that its staff may have less knowledge of.
Several of its benefits providers attended the fairs to answer employees’ questions. This included DenPlan, which provides Engine Group’s dental cover, Aviva for the organisation’s workplace pension scheme, as well as Cycle Scheme, which providers its bikes-for-work programme.
The fair also provided an opportunity for staff to learn more about critical illness cover. This benefit, provided by Friends Life (now part of the Aviva Group), was introduced due to a high volume of interest from employees.
The second fair took place later in the month at Engine Group’s other London-based office, with flexible benefits provider Thomsons Online Benefits on hand to answer staff’s benefits queries.
The organisation ran a communications campaign to remind its 850 UK staff that the benefits fairs were taking place. This included communication methods such as posters and internal emails.
Engine Group’s human resources team also handed out leaflets to its staff to highlight the fact that the flexible benefits window was open.
Linda Goddard, head of HR at The Engine Group and one of the recipients of the ’Best benefits team of the year’ award at the Employee Benefits Awards 2015, said: “We had a lot of employees wondering what some of their benefits are and how they work, so we set up the area for the fair in our offices and some of our providers brought stands with more information for them.
“We held more than one [fair] because we didn’t want staff to miss out. They seem to have gone down really well.”