While the concept of employee engagement has been around for over two decades, its importance as a competitive driver for employers has sharply increased in recent years. Maximizing gains from the total rewards budget and attracting the best workforce, and then retaining employees by maintaining their motivation, has never been more critical to global business.

Research conducted by the London School of Economics (LSE) in the U.K. proves the value and causal link between companies’ investment in communication and increasing their employees’ engagement with their pension, ultimately improving their retirement outcomes.

Everyone claims to be a solution provider. But even those who manage to provide solutions rather than pure products face a crucial question: Is business designed around solutions still in touch with the modern client?

The Dutch pension system, and the frequent changes in that system, have been the subject of many (international) publications over the past decades. Readers of such publications are very likely to have lost track, as there probably have been too many changes to digest.

After its acquisition and renaming in April 2015 of the ING global benefits network, AIG launches in February 2016 its new AIG Global Benefits Network website . The new website describes AIG GBN’s product offering: multinational pooling and employee benefits captive arrangements. The list of local insurance carriers, members of AIG GBN, as well as rather detailed definitions of all components of the international dividend calculation are also provided

Only one day after PTC announced at $28 million settlement with U.S. authorities in a bribery case involving China, Dutch telecom operator of Russian origin VimpelCom announced settlements with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission , the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Dutch Public Prosecution Service (Openbaar Ministerie) following investigations under the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and relevant Dutch laws, pertaining to VimpelCom’s business in Uzbekistan, where

Two units of U.S.-based engineering software company PTC will pay a total of $28 million (USD) to resolve probes into whether they gave more than $1 million in recreational travel to foreign government officials from China, in a probable violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission said in February 2016. NASDAQ-listed PTC has 6,000 employees in 30 countries

MAXIS Global Benefits Network will broadcast a webinar on February 24 and 25, 2016, titled “Enhancing the Employee Value Proposition in China and India,” and based on MetLife’s Employee Benefit Trends Study. As Asian economies and businesses mature, maintaining a highly productive workforce becomes more difficult in these markets. The webinar will help employers understand employee motivators in China and in India, including the role of a total rewards

Zenefits, a San Francisco-based software startup recently valued at a whopping USD 4.5 billion, then revalued down to USD 2.3 billion, said in February 2016 it had replaced founder and CEO Parker Conrad with its former chief operating officer David Sacks, previously an executive at Yammer and PayPal. The company provides software for small and medium-sized businesses that automates some of their human resources services, including healthcare benefits, stock

IGP hosts the Americas regional version of its international employee benefits seminar in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on September 15, 2016. During the seminar, HR professionals, C&B specialists, Risk Managers and Finance Executives of all levels have the opportunity to discuss past, current and future employee benefits trends with industry specialists and their peers. A mix of country panels with a focus on the Americas is provided, along with topical

IGP hosts the Asia-Pacific regional version of its international employee benefits seminar in Singapore on September 29, 2016. During the seminar, HR professionals, C&B specialists, Risk Managers and Finance Executives of all levels have the opportunity to discuss past, current and future employee benefits trends with industry specialists and their peers. A mix of country panels with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region is provided, along with topical plenary

IGP hosts the EMEA regional version of its international employee benefits seminar in Windsor, U.K. from May 24 to 26, 2016. Windsor is located 40 km to the West of London. During the seminar, HR professionals, C&B specialists, Risk Managers and Finance Executives of all levels have the opportunity to discuss past, current and future employee benefits trends with industry specialists and their peers. A mix of country panels

IGP hosts an event aimed at Malaysian subsidiaries and advisors in Penang, Malaysia on Wednesday on April 27, 2016. The programme includes an introduction to pooling and other topical sessions about employee benefits trends. There is no fee to attend. More information and registration here.

IGP hosts an event aimed at Malaysian subsidiaries and advisors in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Tuesday on April 26, 2016. The programme includes an introduction to pooling and other topical sessions about employee benefits trends. There is no fee to attend. More information and registration here.  

IGP hosts an event aimed at Indonesian subsidiaries and advisors at Manulife’s offices in Jakarta, Indonesia on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. The programme includes an introduction to pooling and other topical sessions about employee benefits trends. There is no fee to attend. More information and registration here.

IGP hosts an event aimed at Colombian subsidiaries and advisors at Club El Nogal in Bogota, Colombia in the morning of Thursday, February 11, 2016. The programme includes an introduction to pooling and other topical sessions about employee benefits trends. There is no fee to attend. More information and registration here.

Did we lose our focus on global employee benefits? Hopefully not! In fact, global employee benefits do include insurance and assistance services pertaining to international travel, so we thought you might be interested in hearing this fascinating news from one of our adjacent industries, travel, as reported in February 2016 by B2B website travelmarketreport.com . Available as a mobile phone app, OneGo offers unlimited U.S. domestic flights on plans

Marco Fattori has taken over the leadership of the account management team as Head of Account Management. In this new position he will be leading the client service teams of Allianz Global Benefits around the world. He will directly report to François Jacquemin, Head of Products & Solutions. Prior to this Marco Fattori has worked as an Account Manager since February 2014, servicing multinational corporations and global brokers in

Barry Perkins has been appointed Regional Director U.K., with responsibility for client management and sales activities. Barry will be relocating to London and will report to Dirk Hellmuth, CEO of Allianz Global Benefits. Before his new position, Barry was Head of Account & Tender Management in the head office of Allianz Global Benefits in Munich, in charge of client service delivery and the operational management of the client teams

GBV magazine published this candid interview of Guy Abbiss, the managing partner of London-based lawyers Abbiss Cadres and one of the founding members of the CELIA Alliance, a global network of law firms, in the December 2015 issue, now available as a free downloadable PDF here. Abbiss Cadres LLP specializes in tax and social security, employment law, and employee incentives as well as broader HR consulting and communications services.

Lockton Global Benefits is hosting its annual Global Benefits Forum in three locations in 2016: Chicago, London and Singapore, responding to a growing trend among corporations to reduce travel by employees. Regardless, in-person meetings and conferences are still irreplaceable for focused learning and for networking; hence, industry conferences are a good investment of time and money for global employee benefits practitioners and experts alike. The theme of each Forum

Lockton Global Benefits is hosting its annual Global Benefits Forum in three locations in 2016: Chicago, London and Singapore, responding to a growing trend among corporations to reduce travel by employees. Regardless, in-person meetings and conferences are still irreplaceable for focused learning and for networking; hence, industry conferences are a good investment of time and money for global employee benefits practitioners and experts alike. The theme of each Forum

Lockton Global Benefits is hosting its annual Global Benefits Forum in three locations in 2016: Chicago, London and Singapore, responding to a growing trend among corporations to reduce travel by employees. Regardless, in-person meetings and conferences are still irreplaceable for focused learning and for networking; hence, industry conferences are a good investment of time and money for global employee benefits practitioners and experts alike. The theme of each Forum

IGP hosts an event aimed at Korean subsidiaries of Japanese multinationals at Samsung Life’s offices in Seoul, Korea in the afternoon of Friday 19, 2016. Held in Japanese, the 3-hour workshop includes an introduction to pooling and labor law and human resources management in Korea. There is no attendance fee and the deadline for registering is February 12, 2016. Link : IGP Seminar website

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