Since 2012, automatic enrolment has become an essential part of being an employer. By law, if you employ staff, you must have a workplace pension and continue to assess your workers each pay period, as well as communicating with them regularly.
At OPTESS we realise that although auto-enrolment is a noble venture in terms of helping employees save for their retirement, it can also be a huge burden for employers. We help you to carry that burden by providing a number of services, ranging from keeping on top of all your ongoing duties on your behalf, to educating your workforce and answering any questions they have. We take the stress out of auto-enrolment, leaving you to get on with your job.
Did you know that in the UK, more than a third of employees don’t know how to access their pension pots? Did you know that one in five are simply ‘not bothering’ with a pension at all? More and more, experts are calling for more education around pensions for employees.
Delivered either in person or via an online webinar, our presentations provide your employees with all the information they need on auto-enrolment and the options available to them. We answer their questions, so you don’t have to.
We’ve all heard the cliché that ‘a happy employee is a productive employee’ but the fact is that if your staff realised just how much you’re helping them, rather than just seeing that something is coming out of their pay check each month, they would be far more appreciative for the benefit you are providing them with. Our job is to communicate that to them, simply and clearly, as well as showing them that you care about them enough to give them the information they need.
Have you ever thought about your responsibilities under auto-enrolment for record keeping? Have you ever wondered, ‘Am I doing enough?’
Our Annual Scheme Review provides you with all the information you need on your workplace pension scheme. Whether delivered in person or online via webinar, we will provide you with a customised governance report for you to keep, detailing exactly what has happened to your pension over the last year, covering all scheme members and their contributions, additional voluntary contributions and statuses. We help you to stay on top of changes to the world of auto-enrolment, from Master Trust Authorisation, to GDPR, keeping you abreast of any recent news and discussing how this could affect you. Most importantly, this is a chance for you to talk to us, to let us know how everything is going and to ask any questions you have.
Remember, staying compliant sometimes means being proactive. Let us help you stay ahead of the game.
A chance for your staff to sit down and ask about their pension scheme. This will include a detailed training session on their pension portal, showing them how to check their fund value and performance, appoint beneficiaries, and more. This is proven to increase your staff engagement with the pension scheme you provide for them, as well as reduce many questions you may receive from them in the future.
We know that for many employers, it’s not the idea of auto-enrolment that’s the issue, it’s the ongoing processing of it. The requirement to assess your staff each pay period, calculate their contributions and send them letters can be a real drain on your resources.
We can take that hassle completely off your plate. Just send us an email with your payroll details and we’ll assess your staff, run the calculations, and send you an email back with contributions you need to make. We’ll even generate auto-enrolment communications for your staff and send them directly to them by email, saving you the headache each time you run your payroll.
By taking on this regular responsibility, we can free up your time to let you do what you do best. We’ll do our job and let you do yours.
Whether it’s the Declaration of Compliance or the ‘Re-Declaration’ three years later, by law, you must complete a declaration to confirm to the Pensions Regulator who in your staff were automatically enrolled. Take the stress away and avoid fines by allowing a member of Opt to complete this on your behalf and feel secure that you’re compliant.
Times are changing.
Your responsibilities are changing.
What it means to be an employer is changing, constantly.
We know you know this already, but have you ever actually stopped to think about how many responsibilities you have as an employer, besides the usual operating of your business? How much you have to do, just to stay on top of your duties?
In an ever-developing society, the list of responsibilities for a business continues to grow. As an employer, your duty is not only to pay your staff, but to protect them, take care of them and treat them fairly. We know how important it is to keep up with these duties, but we also know how hard it can be for you to balance these responsibilities with the ongoing running of their business. With business dynamics constantly in a state of flux, we know that the pressures of running a business can be huge.
As you know, we’ve been supporting you with your auto-enrolment for some time. But we wanted to go further. We’ve been hearing about your needs. After all, to talk about one employer responsibility is to talk about all of them and since we made ‘Supporting Employers’ our goal, we knew we needed to do more.
You’ve been talking…
…so we’ve been listening.
At OPTESS, our goal will be to provide you with all the tools you need to fulfil your employer responsibilities, leaving you to get on with the important stuff – running your business.
Now don’t worry, we’ll still be continuing with all our auto-enrolment support. Auto-enrolment is, and will always be, a key part of what we do (we hope you saw our recent communication about the updates we’re currently making to Root). In addition to this, we will be providing you with a raft of new services, all designed to help you with the ongoing running of your business. These services are designed around your feedback, everything you’ve told us about the frustrations of being an employer in the UK. Over the next few months, we’ll be updating you on our new services, so stay tuned for more news.
Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the support you have given us. It is only through your feedback and support that our new venture has been made possible. We hope to receive your continued support and that you will be as excited by our new services as we are. If you have any immediate questions or concerns, please let us know on 0203 633 6229 or [email protected].
We’ll be in touch again soon.
The OPTESS Team