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Workplace perks are great when people spend enough time in the office to actually benefit from them. But how do you continue to reward your workforce now that such a significant portion is working from home on a full or part-time basis?
In recent years, top employers have competed to attract top talent by promising a wide range of workplace benefits. Employees have enjoyed free tea and coffee, beer-filled fridges, Friday night socials, on-site gyms, snack carts, sleep pods, games rooms, office slides, and heavily subsidized (or often free) cafeteria food.
But following the outbreak of COVID-19 and the shift to remote working, these once highly-valued office benefits became largely redundant. On the contrary, while employees have been saving money in certain areas, such as their daily commute, they may have noticed the cost of their household bills or weekly grocery store shop skyrocketing. That’s not to mention the additional home office equipment required to create a space in which they can work productively and comfortably.
Furthermore, a significant portion of remote workers reports working longer hours, experiencing increased levels of stress and isolation, and taking fewer days of vacation. Research has found that remote employees in the UK, Austria, Canada, and the U.S. are working for an additional 2.5 hours every day. If unaddressed, these additional expenses and frustrations could breed resentment among your hardest-working and most loyal employees.
As the pandemic subsides, many organizations are continuing to give employees the option to work from home some or all of the time. Indeed, Microsoft’s Work Trend Index, which was released in March 2021, found that 66% of employers across the globe are in the process of redesigning their workplaces to accommodate hybrid working arrangements. To retain and motivate workers under these new circumstances, employers must revamp their employee value proposition (EVP) and consider providing their workforce with new and relevant incentives.
Below are five perks to keep your remote workers happy.
Increased flexibility is one of the major benefits associated with remote working. FlexJobs research reveals that 76% of workers would be more willing to stay with their current employer if they could work flexible hours.
That’s because employees value being able to determine their daily schedules, successfully juggle personal and work commitments, and spend more time with their families. A report from Microsoft Surface and YouGov, for example, found that 55% of remote employees are using their lunch break to focus on their personal lives.
If your workforce is going to be working from home, allow them the autonomy to establish a schedule that works well for them. There are far better ways to monitor output and maintain regular communication with your employees than requiring everyone to work the same nine hours each day.
2. At-home Office Perks
Many employee benefits can quickly and easily be adapted to suit a remote workplace setting.
For starters, employees really love free food. According to USA Today, simply providing complimentary food to your workforce can result in a 67% job satisfaction rate. With this in mind, many organizations have leveled up their in-office catering in recent years to boost employee motivation and productivity. For remote workers, you could issue coffee and …….