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Employee benefits in the age of remote working

Employee benefits in the age of remote working

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, remote work has become the new norm. This new way of working has opened up a whole new world of possibilities and benefits for employees and employers alike. 

Remote work encourages a better work-life balance; it means less time wasted commuting to offices, and people can work from wherever they like – in their homes or in a cafe’ on the other side of the world. 

There’s no doubt that this new-age style of working has brought many benefits, but its completely shaken the working world and has left organisations and managers having to change the way they operate and the policies they implement. One such concern relates to employee benefits. In this new working world, what benefits should stay and which should go? We take a deep dive into this topic below. 

What benefits are obsolete when we’re not in the office?

A couple of years back, in-office perks were all the rage – the company with the best perks attracted the best talent. Now, in a world where most employees work remotely, some of these benefits are being dropped by companies. 

One of the most obvious benefits that are becoming obsolete is commuter perks. With most people working from home, there’s no need for employers to provide commuter perks such as reimbursing employees for their travel expenses into the office. 

One of the other big employee benefits that are being dropped is free or discounted lunches and drinks. With no one coming into office, there’s no need for this anymore. 

What benefits can you offer to remote staff instead?

In the age of remote work, offering benefits that increase productivity is key. Experts have also recommended giving your employees benefits that last in the long run and promote a good company culture. In this new world of work, there are a couple of perks employers can offer instead. 

While companies may no longer offer free meals, snacks and drinks in the office, they can offer employees food-related perks such as grocery deliveries. This is an especially great perk for employees that have kids, as you’ll be helping to make their lives easier while they juggle household responsibilities. 

As we’ve mentioned before, remote working offers employees the ability to create a better, healthier work-life balance. One benefit you can offer to enhance this is flexible work hours. This allows employees to manage their time and create a work schedule that suits them and their needs. 

Lastly, in the remote-working world, employees are bound to feel isolated at times – after all, they’re not getting nearly as much human contact as they would have done when working in the office. This can make it difficult to create a company culture where everyone feels included. As an employer, you can easily help with this by providing the right types of perks. Online group yoga or language classes can bring employees together and create a collaborative culture. 

What benefits matter most to employees in 2022?

The benefits that employees want will vary from company to company. So, to determine what exactly it is that your employees need, be sure to ask and listen. However, here are some of the most popular benefits that you can consider offering your remote employees. 

Workstation equipment

Whether working in-office or remotely from home, every employee needs a space conducive to work. As an employer, you should provide your employees with the necessary amenities they need to work effectively and productively. Providing them with the necessary resources and support to create the right type of workstation will help with this and also give them a sense of responsibility. 

Health benefits

Having a good health insurance plan is an important consideration for many employees nowadays. Now, with employees working remotely, they are likely to spend significant amounts of time on their own. This means helping them to look after their health and wellness is essential. This is why you should look to provide them with adequate health insurance and medical benefits. 

Learning & development benefits

Today, most employees are keen to grow their skillset and knowledge so that they can grow professionally. This, paired with the increasing availability of online courses, means it’s easier than ever for companies to provide their remote employee with learning and development opportunities. 

Childcare benefits

Employers are more than little minions working for a company. They’re human beings with their own lives, and those lives often involve children. Before remote work became the norm, employees still had the issue of juggling work with this part of their personal lives. 

This is no different in a remote-working world. Many employees may currently have to look after their kids at home while they’re working, which ultimately creates a distracting environment for your employee. A great benefit that will help your employees is to offer them childcare benefits such as online kids classes, professional babysitters or a childcare voucher scheme. 

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