Key Travel, Europe’s leading travel management company dedicated to the not-for-profit sector, has launched online Total Reward and flexible benefits in conjunction with Thomsons Online Benefits.
Key Travel chose Thomsons as a strategic partner with the aim of creating an equitable reward package across the business, boosting employee engagement through increased choice, whilst also securing costs. With their technology, array of expertise and standing as Independent Financial Advisers, Thomsons were by far the best placed provider to drive forward the project for the future.
Having recently rebranded to reflect their growth from a small to medium size business of 135 employees, Key Travel wanted to develop an inclusive reward brand that leveraged on their values. With Thomsons’ advice, a unique communications strategy was devised under the concept KeyLife (a name chosen by an employee through an employee suggestion competition), including an e-brochure, presentations and one-to-one meetings.
A bespoke benefits site was built with Thomsons’ award-winning technology, where employees can visualise their total reward on top of salary, make benefits selections and manage their pension in real time. Some of the flexible benefits on offer are flexible holidays, medical insurance, dental insurance, eye care vouchers, retail vouchers and season ticket loans to make for a truly varied choice for everyone. Employees can also opt to contribute via salary sacrifice to their GPP in order to save on National Insurance contributions, and can use the Pension Calculator on their site to forecast their retirement income.
Lydia Barclay, HR Manager at Key Travel, comments: “Our people are our biggest asset and we wanted to provide them with a competitive reward package that they could tailor to their lifestyle. With Thomsons help, we have increased employee engagement through their benefits. An impressive 90 percent of our workforce has already logged into the site evidencing the success of our new brand and the communications strategy, and reinforcing the belief that if you give people the choice to control their own package they will get engaged.”