When Acacium Group first got in touch with us to discuss their employee benefits, we were amid a global pandemic and adjusting to a new working world.
The pandemic caused a shift in attitudes towards the environment, with 60% of Brits in 2020 saying they were more worried about climate change than in the previous year, according to Ipsos Mori, a global leader in market research and public opinion.
Like many, Acacium Group and Caboodle were looking to use this change in attitude for good and channel this into the set-up and implementation of Acacium Group’s bespoke flexible employee benefits solution.
We considered every stage of the employee benefits journey, from the initial conversions around requirements right through to the use of current employee benefits by Acacium Group’s staff across the world, and how we could make each stage greener and reduce carbon emissions.
The result was not only an employee benefits platform that Acacium Group’s employees love but one that has been implemented in an environmentally friendly way and has helped employees reduce their carbon emissions too.
Starting as we meant to go on
From the outset, we agreed with the People Team at Acacium Group that there would be a strong environmental focus with the set-up and implementation of their new employee benefits platform.
Gone were the days of travelling across the country for in-person meetings and rather than travelling to Acacium Group’s UK locations, meetings were conducted digitally even when restrictions lifted.
Employee benefits platforms have done a lot to help companies go paperless with their benefits in recent years, we were keen to leverage this for Acacium Group.
Where possible, we moved any paper-based processes online and made this a key focus. Things like Ecards and digital gift cards for discounts were implemented rather than physical versions and any employee documents and employee benefits process documentation were also moved online where possible.
This has had this added benefit of creating a one-stop-shop hub for Acacium Group employees through their employee benefits platform for all their important employee documentation and communications, improving engagement and employee benefits take-up in the process.
In 2020, Acacium were keen to brighten up the festive period for their international team of over 2,000 employees.
For Acacium Group employees working from home, like many, they couldn’t pop by their and see their colleagues with a present and a festive card.
There is also the environmental impact to consider when sending physical cards and gifts, along with the postage costs, particularly for Acacium Group staff based across all four corners of the globe who wanted to wish their colleagues from overseas a happy holiday.
This is where we used Ecards to help Acacium Group solve some of these problems.
We developed bespoke branded Ecards for Acacium Group staff of all religions, so employees could wish their friends and colleagues around the world happy holidays at a time where well wishes and support were really needed.
In December 2020, over 300 festive Ecards were sent by Acacium Group employees, an increase of over 300% on November 2020.
Employees could also send gift cards through their employee benefits platform too with a wide range of stores and retailers to choose from. Acacium Group employees based in the UK can send gift cards to their friends in Dublin or New York and vice-versa, with no physical cards needed, no postage and less environmental impact.
This carries over to Acacium Group’s reward and recognition too. Managers can send monetary or non-monetary rewards through their employee benefits platform, and personal and professional Ecards to thank them or wish them a Happy Birthday, for example, all without using physical cards or postage, reducing their environmental impact.
Since we began working with Acacium Group to develop their employee benefits solution, Acacium Group employees have faced challenges with isolation through lockdowns and have become more environmentally conscious.
Through Acacium Group’s employee benefits platform, Ecards has given employees another way to support their colleagues and provided staff with a more environmentally friendly way of thanking, congratulating and supporting each other wherever they are in the world.
Employees can now use bespoke Ecards for celebrations throughout the year and take advantage of monetary rewards for days out, and leisure as the world begins to open up.
Employee Instant Discounts
Employee discounts are an employee benefit that has become increasingly popular in recent times. Discounts help families save money on their weekly shop and make brand-new tech much more affordable, to name just a couple of examples.
Acacium Group’s employee instant discounts scheme is entirely digital with no physical cards or postage used.
This means employees get their discounts instantly to use in-store or online, there’s less environmental impact, contributing to a higher scheme take-up from Acacium Group employees and helping towards reducing the environmental impact of the business.
What’s more is that the employee instant discount scheme can be used by Acacium Group employees in different countries, despite using different currencies, thanks to the currency conversion technology we developed to make this possible.
Keeping everything digital and hosted through Acacium Group’s bespoke employee benefits platform not only helps reduce the environmental impact of the business but it also helps to:
- Improve up-take of employee benefit schemes through increased employee benefits platform engagement
- Make it easier for employees to access the schemes and discounts they want through a centralised platform
- Reduce administration and streamline processes.
Bike to Work Scheme
Another hugely popular scheme over the last year has been the Bike to Work Scheme, which has helped employees across the country get up to 42% off the cost of a brand-new bike and accessories through salary sacrifice.
With the environmental impact a key focus for Acacium Group with their employee benefits, the Bike to Work Scheme was a no-brainer.
According to the Cycle to Work Alliance research, 6 in 10 Bike to Work Scheme users would drive to work if they didn’t use the scheme.
With many employees switching to a hybrid or full-time role from the workplace, the Bike to Work Scheme will continue to support employers in hitting their carbon emissions targets or even reaching net zero.
Acacium Group has taken full advantage of the scheme with a higher-than-average scheme take-up after the scheme proved immensely popular.
The Bike to Work Scheme has supported Acacium Group in:
- Making cycling more accessible to all employees with a wide range of E-Bikes available through the scheme
- Helping employees save and get more reliable bikes and accessories through the scheme to support the commute to work
- Reduce Acacium Group’s carbon footprint by reducing the amount of vehicle commutes by staff.
Through their work with us, Acacium Group has helped incorporate their employee benefits into their carbon emissions targets while also catering for the environmental priorities of their staff.
In the process, they’ve also delivered an employee benefits provision that employees of all demographics can take advantage of, helping employees save money and reward and recognise their colleagues.
At caboodle, we’re continuing to develop our platform and our service to meet the environmental priorities of businesses and employees and reduce our own environmental impact and that of our clients.
To find out more about how we can support you with employee benefits, discover our market-leading employee benefits platform, our wide range of employee benefits or get in touch today for a free demo.