On 7 June 2018, the University of Lincoln won the award for Best voluntary benefits at the Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party 2018. Highly commended in this category was DHL International.
This award recognises the effective use of staff-paid, voluntary benefits or deals, either by maximising staff discounts or using tax-efficient benefits via salary sacrifice.
Ian Hodson, head of reward at the University of Lincoln, said: “For the university to get on the map at the [Employee Benefits Awards] is just superb. We’ve put so much effort into making something for our employees which we think is unique to us, really capturing the culture of the organisation and what’s special about working at the university. So, we’re just really, really proud; it is fantastic to be acknowledged at the event.”
In May 2017, the University of Lincoln introduced its Linc-On platform, which was designed to enhance engagement and communications around benefits. It also provided a bespoke range of perks, tailored to its employees’ needs. Within the first two days following its launch, 25% of staff had logged on to the platform.
“Off-the-shelf wasn’t ever going to work for us,” said Hodson. “We had to go away and come up with something which we felt was exactly what we needed and represented what our workforce needed.”
The platform allows employees to navigate the university’s voluntary benefits offering via an interactive map of Lincoln, where different landmarks relate to various perks.
The Employee Benefits Awards 2018 judges said: “[There were] some unique approaches. The involvement of the board and the strategy linking in with the community, geography and wellbeing impressed us.”
Hodson added: “We’ve got a few little nice touches in there, a few little things that are unique to us and really capture what’s the university’s about. We take into account not only our employees, the core workforce, but we’ve got a thousand student workers. They are coming into the workplace tomorrow. So, [we listened] to what they want from their first work experience. [It gave] us great ideas and I’m sure we’ll see some of those going into the workforces of tomorrow.”