A hybrid work future is the reality. Companies are sharing more of their plans for returning to work. While this is a good thing, it doesn’t mean that you have to do so. Companies that had planned to ask workers to return full-time have rethought their plans based on employee preferences and expectations. Survey after survey has shown that workers don’t want to return to work full-time. Data shows that the best option for most is to only go to the office 2-3 times per week.
Employers are being forced to rethink their return to work plans. Employee perks and benefits programs must also be rethought. Many employee perks are location-based. If employees spend more time at work and less time in the office, their benefits and perks should reflect this. Employee perks are often seen as a cost-effective way to increase workers’ compensation packages. Employees should not only consider the economic benefits. The perks and benefits offered by a company can also be a reflection of the company’s culture and expectations. Therefore, benefits and perks can be a crucial part of attracting and keeping talent. Companies need to make sure they offer perks that are appealing and relevant to remote employees, given the global talent shortage and the current war for talent.
These are the top 5 perks that companies should offer hybrid and remote workers.
Top 5 Employee Benefits for a Hybrid Work Future
Reimbursement for coworking or home office expenses
If employees will be working remotely, companies need to consider either giving employees a stipend to help them set up their remote office or they should consider reimbursing the cost of a coworking space.
It has been proven that a positive work environment can increase productivity. Remote workers will suffer if they don’t have the resources to create a work environment that is conducive to their productivity.
Due to restrictions and government lockdowns, workers were forced to work from their homes during the coronavirus pandemic. As restrictions are lifted, remote workers will most likely switch to coworking spaces and third spaces for work.
According to surveys, workers are less likely to interact with others. In some cases, workers don’t have enough space in their homes for a home office.
Companies must plan for reimbursements and allowances for expenses related to office expenses, regardless of whether their employees work remotely.Coffee and a meal
Most employees have regular access to a cafeteria, free coffee, and snacks. Many companies offer catering services for employees on a weekly or monthly basis.
Offering a coffee and a meal stipend to employees who work remotely can help companies be more inclusive, regardless of whether they are in the office.
What is the purpose of meal stipends?
This varies from company to company. It is common for employers to provide a budget so that employees can purchase food, snacks, and drinks (such as coffee and tea).
Family benefits and childcare
While working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the most difficult tasks workers faced was managing their family, pets, and personal lives while still working full-time.
Unfortunately, as a result of this struggle, many working parents–specifically women–were forced to leave their jobs in order to take care of kids and family members. The COVID-19 pandemic caused an unprecedented situation. Schools and daycare centers were shut down. The issue is still relevant for both parents and those caring for other family members.
Remote work has led to an increase in the demand for family and childcare benefits. Companies can help workers find reliable care options through a platform or a vetted listing of providers, or by providing an in-office childcare facility for workers who need it.
Employers around the globe have seen the coronavirus pandemic as proof that workers can still be productive when they are not at work.
Employers should consider giving employees more flexibility in their work hours to make remote work more rewarding. Why? Some people are more productive working at odd hours, while others might have to take care of children or pets.
Flexible working hours not only increases employee engagement, happiness, but also boosts productivity. This can be achieved by allowing employees to create their own work schedules, and if necessary asking them to allow at least half their hours to overlap with their regular business hours.
Education and Training Opportunities
Global talent is in short supply. A survey also revealed that many workers think their skills will become obsolete or irrelevant in the future.
The good news is that 78% of employees are ready to start their reskilling efforts, the bad news is that they lack the time to do so, which is why companies need to incentivize learning opportunities in the workforce. Here are some effective ways to accomplish this:
- Tuition reimbursement.
- Offers company-sponsored courses and certifications.
- Workers are allowed to learn new skills or take time off from work.
The Key Takeaways
There is no way back to normal. Employers who are moving to a hybrid work future or remote-first work arrangement need to reconsider how they view employee benefits. They must ensure that the perks offered to remote workers are both attractive and useful. If you are looking for a great co-working environment contact us today!