In a post-pandemic world, how can HR professionals manage employee benefits?

Jun 13, 2022

Most HR professionals recognize the importance of benefits in employee-employer interactions; how workers perceive (and use) gifts influences their current job performance and engagement and how they assess future opportunities.

Traditional benefits, however, may fall short of the increasing demands of employees in a post-pandemic world of remote and hybrid work arrangements. With 85 percent of employees stating that the pandemic has changed the expectations of their companies, HR professionals must grasp these specific employee expectations and adjust their benefit offerings accordingly.

We'll look at various tools and tactics in this post to help you identify, assess, and prioritize the benefits expectations of your present and prospective employees.

 

How Have Employee Needs Shifted During the Pandemic?

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 they can 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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