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Join podcast host Tiree Houghton, Client Strategy Director at Mercer, in our podcast series - ‘Energising the employee experience’ - to explore the future of work and how you can support, engage and motivate employees to help your people and business thrive. Tiree will be joined by guests from Mercer and clients who will share their ideas, experiences and actionable insights to help you create a people-first workplace to attract and retain the best talent.

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People risk: what’s the impact for HR?


In this podcast episode Emma Bassett, UK Client Strategy Leader, Mercer, and Nick McMenemy, UK and Ireland Consulting Leader, Mercer Marsh Benefits, join our podcast host Tiree Houghton to discuss one of the greatest challenges that businesses are facing, people risk and review some of the findings from Mercer Marsh Benefits' UK People Risk Report 2022.


Episode 14 | 16 mins | October 2022

Previous episodes

Cost of living: How can businesses and HR support their employees?

Rising costs are leading to wage pressure for businesses at the moment. Craig Haines, UK Sales Operations Leader (SME), and Michael Probert, Senior Workplace Education Consultant at Mercer Marsh Benefits, join our host to discuss the hot topic of the moment, the cost of living crisis. In this podcast, we share our insights on the best things that businesses and HR can do to support their employees right now, with a particular focus on some of the elements that perhaps aren't on the radar, but maybe should be.

Episode 13 | 28 mins | August 2022                    Listen now

The digitalisation of HR

In this podcast, we’re joined by Joanne Foster, Group Head of Reward & Benefits at Redde Northgate and Guy Clarkson, UK Digital Growth Leader at Mercer Marsh Benefits who discuss the digitalisation of HR, focusing specifically on benefits technology.

Episode 12 | 24 mins | June 2022                    Listen now

Workforce Transformation: creating a people-first workplace

Maura Jarvis and Pavan Bilkhoo discuss the importance of businesses understanding where they are going from a skills perspective and how the whole strategic workforce planning is key to designing the skills journey. How can organisations position themselves as a real talent magnet in the working environment?

Episode 11 | 22:12mins | April 2022                    Listen now

Adding the human factor to mental health strategies

Dr Wolfgang Seidl and Simon Berger the founder of Make A difference discuss the strides organisations are making with their mental health strategies. And reflect on the importance of testing and being more aware, of our colleagues and clients alike, to ensure strategies contain that all important ‘human’ factor.

Episode 10 | 32:21 mins | March 2022            Listen now

Understanding the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion journey

Donna Biggs and Michelle Sequeira discuss why diversity, equity and inclusion is such a huge topic for businesses today and the pressure of them delivering in these areas is ever increasing. Where do employers start to make the biggest impact to their employees?

Episode 9 | 18:46 mins | March 2022            Listen now

Health on Demand

Chris Bailey and Alison Byrne discuss the findings from our upcoming Health on Demand report including some of the biggest issues employees have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic and how this correlates with what employers are actually providing. Our experts explore the three key trends from the research; mental health, digitalisation, and diversity, empathy and inclusion.

Episode 8 | 31:37 mins | December 2021            Listen now

Environmental, Social and Governance

David Wreford and Yvonne Sonsino discuss the employee experience including some of the peripheral aspects of organisations, from flexibility, to how organisations support working parents, and importantly sustainability and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) as a frame and concept around the employee experience.

Episode 7 | 32:59 mins | November 2021            Listen now

Health and wellbeing

Alana Rae and Dr Wolfgang Seidl discuss the different dimensions of wellbeing, changing employee needs and the importance of factors like culture, flexibility, engagement, psychological safety and physical working environments.

Episode 6 | 29:23 mins | November 2021            Listen now

Diversity, equity and inclusion

Michelle Sequeira and Tony Wood discuss the meaning of DEI, the importance of data and understanding the real lived experience of employees, and the small steps businesses can take now to begin their DEI journey.

Episode 5 | 39:17 mins | October 2021                  Listen now

Mental wellbeing

The pandemic has challenged our mental wellbeing, with many left languishing or worse. Dr Wolfgang Seidl and Donna Biggs discuss how different employees have been affected and where employers can offer more support.

Episode 4 | 41:52 mins | October 2021                  Listen now

Business transformation

Business transformations have accelerated, with organisations forced to adapt to a world of extreme change for long term survival. Emma Bassett and David Dodd discuss key factors in successful transformations.

Episode 3 | 22:17 mins | September 2021            Listen now

Financial wellbeing

Jeremy Milton and Paul Goodwin discuss how the global pandemic has amplified the need for meaningful financial wellbeing support in the workplace. In this episode, we discuss where organisations can start in their journey to offer financial wellbeing solutions.

Episode 2 | 32:31 mins | August 2021                    Listen now

Company culture

Getting company culture right can unlock business growth and long-term sustainability, but where to begin? Christina Dove and Nick McClelland discuss what culture means to them and how companies can approach cultural change.

Episode 1 | 32:16 mins | August 2021                    Listen now

Meet the podcast host

Tiree Houghton
Client Strategy Director, Mercer Marsh Benefits

Tiree works with our clients to help them deliver on their People Strategy, whilst ensuring that they are investing in the right way to best support the business and their workforce. This could focus on a range of topics such as reward, benefits, wellbeing, culture, talent management and workforce transformation.

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