How Have Employee Needs Shifted During the Pandemic?

Jun 16, 2022

Employees have spent the pandemic balancing job performance with added personal duties, such as caring for vulnerable family members, obtaining daycare for younger children, determining health risk tolerance, and a lengthy list of other tasks.

Short-term fixes have turned into long-term habits, and individuals are seeking assistance.

Organizations respond by doing everything to alter benefit programmers to match this new reality. However, it is a difficult task that needs HR practitioners to:

  • Understand what their employees' actual needs are.
  • Prioritize the benefits that their companies can reasonably provide.

According to a Prudential financial poll, 75% of respondents thought job benefits were more vital than ever during the epidemic. Employees are beginning to anticipate the following benefits:

  • Free mental health services are available.
  • Work-life balance policies
  • 401(k) stability
  • Dedicated paid time off for caring

 

The benefits transition is fueled by a shift in what individuals consider vital and valuable at work and home. Employees demand greater security and autonomy, and selling the idea that rewards can fill up the gaps is getting harder. Employees are less interested in incentives such as free lunches and game rooms, and they may not even be in the office to take advantage of them.

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