ActionAid partners with Perkbox to boost benefits offer to employees

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by Mark Johnson

ActionAid, an international charity working with women and girls living in poverty, has partnered with London-based  employee experience platform, Perkbox, to boost its benefits offering to employees. 

As part of its continuing commitment to enhance its work culture and recognise the efforts of its nearly 200 employees across the UK, ActionAid has taken several steps to boost its benefits offering. 

One of these started last year with the launch of tech startup Perkbox.  

Since March 2018, employees at ActionAid have made over £22,000 in savings on the platform. 

Popular perks

With an impressive 90% logging rate, the most popular perks redeemed include free coffee, discounted gym membership and free mobile insurance. 

Perkbox said its holistic employee experience platform is aimed at catering for the full spectrum of employee wellbeing - physical, financial and emotional. 

It provides users with unlimited access to  discounts and freebies from hundreds of big name brands across 17 different categories, from food and drink to travel.

This initiative sits alongside the company’s internal benefits scheme which includes flexible working, a generous pension provision, free season ticket loans, tax free Bike2Work scheme, eye tests and contribution to eye wear and My Learning portal for learning and development.

'Tea and Talks'

To complement this, the company also has Mental Health First Aiders and has established bi-monthly ‘Tea and Talks’ sessions, to encourage staff to get to know each other in a more social setting. 

It also sets up an annual learning and activity calendar and is piloting a self care day of leave for employees and two days off for volunteering. 

“When looking to maximise the positive effects of an employee experience platform, employers need to remember that great perks and benefits are only a component of what makes a great place to work”, said Tom O’Connor, Enterprise Customer Success Director says. 

“This should be combined with a great company culture, fair pay, open communication and transparency. 

“It’s a pleasure working with ActionAid to boost their benefits offering to staff precisely for that reason - it’s a company that truly seems to get what great employee experience looks like.” 

Support work

Andrea Metcalf, Deputy Director of People and Culture of ActionAid says: “Here at ActionAid UK, our teams work hard every day to support our work with some of the poorest and most marginalised women and girls around the world. 

“As an organisation led by feminist principles, and which works on some challenging issues, it’s really important to us that we look after our people and support their wellbeing. 

“That’s why we offer a dedicated mental health first aid service, employee counselling, an employee assistance programme, flexible working and many other benefits aimed at meeting the needs of our colleagues. 

“With that in mind we chose to partner with PerkBox for their flexibility amongst many other factors with people being able to access ‘perks’ that matter to them. 

“It’s great that so many people are using the platform and are taking the opportunity to treat, pamper and generally look after themselves.”

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