Should You Still Offer Employee Benefits and Wellness Programs Even With Employees Working From Home?
Posted May 03, 2021 in Employee Benefit Plan
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When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, many people wondered how they would be able to work and provide for their families. Luckily, many companies have shifted to having more employees working safely from home. Those who previously worked standard nine to five jobs in the office now work from the comfort of their homes.
Given this shift, employers may wonder if they still need to offer employee wellness programs and benefits to remote workers. After all, they are not coming to the office, meaning they get a reprieve from long commutes or lost time with family.
Should they be left to fend for themselves, or should their company come up with thoughtful perks that make sense for the remote workers?
While your employees are not coming into the office every day, working from home, especially during such a challenging time, can be isolating, stressful, and quite demanding, especially for parents with young children.
Providing the Right Tools
Employee support services are needed now more than ever to help workers remain highly productive and focussed. It is important to offer access to all the tools your employers need to get their work done.
Health and wellness benefits should be placed at the front and center to help employees adjust to the remote work lifestyle in the coronavirus era. This can be in the form of offering assistance that can be applied towards wellness services like healthy lifestyle tips, gym memberships, therapy, etc.
The last thing you want is your staff feeling like they are alone during this time. Your HR department should offer additional support, whether it is in terms of introducing a virtual mentoring and coaching program or any other resource that can provide an opportunity for employees to ask questions, receive guidance, and simply be heard.
Employee Benefits Even With Remote Work Equals an Increase in Productivity
Data shows that working remotely increases productivity. Employees have greater autonomy and increased morale. Now imagine what your remote team could accomplish if they are accorded the necessary support to help them with work-related problems.
Offering employee wellness benefits will make your employees feel valued, relevant, and appreciated, translating to less stress, better health, increased morale, and higher productivity levels.
The benefits of thoughtful perks for remote workers far outweigh the effort or cost. As we navigate the dynamic changes of working remotely, it is important to adapt our practices and programs to align with what employees need today.