A recent survey by Remote found that since the pandemic, employees are rethinking which benefits and perks they prioritize. For example, while the most important benefit continues to be access to healthcare (48%), 38% of employees want their company to offer a home office allowance, and 38% want personal development plans or learning development allowances.
The seriousness of the pandemic has most of the world thinking about health, wellness, and alternatives to heading to doctors’ offices and emergency rooms outside of real emergencies. Companies that want to meet the moment and address employee worries would do well to look at supplemental telemedicine services for both physical and mental health.
Mental health is often overlooked in the grand scheme of medical benefits packages but is especially important now because people working at home are stressed. Career platform Monster found in a July survey that 69% of remote employees have burnout symptoms.
This stress is increasing the longer the pandemic persists, as that figure is up almost 20% from similar survey results in May.
At the onset of the pandemic, some companies offered employees stipends to set up their home offices. Often these stipends ranged from $200-1,000, depending on job requirements and prior work-from-home enablement. For companies that have yet to establish this practice, now is the time.
Meanwhile, consider whether additional annual stipends to keep up with printer maintenance, paper supplies, and even home WiFi and energy bills could be tacked on to help offset new expenses. Residential energy usage has increased by as much as 20% in California, compared to the same time in 2019, according to Columbia University research.
Additionally, while allowances for continuing education have been a common perk in many corporate offices, the turbulence that has come with financially difficult times has a lot of workers looking to hone their talents and upskill for job security and personal fulfillment.
A recent study from LinkedIn found that employees are spending 130% more time learning. While 64% of L&D professionals said that reskilling is more important than ever before as a consequence of COVID-19.