In this blog we have mentioned the awful word Covid numerous times over the past year.
Sadly, this has been unavoidable, the pandemic has changed both attitudes towards work and the workplace itself – perhaps permanently.
However, the pandemic and impact on work has also enabled many to question whether they want to go back to how things were. For many, there has been time for reflection, time to consider what they like about the workplace, what they don’t and what matters to them for the future.
In many instances, this has led people to question whether they have had their work-life balance right and whether their relationship with their employer has been too skewed in the employer’s favour.
A recent, fascinating article in Time touched upon this.
What many found was that after the initial shock of the pandemic came an initially welcome period where they could reflect. Some found themselves at home, with work reduced, and with more time to dedicate both to themselves and their family.
While they welcomed a return to work, it had to be work that allowed more space for this new freedom. Not the work of being beholden to the employer, feeling undervalued and underappreciated.
As the Time article states, Millions of people have spent the past year re-evaluating their priorities. How much time do they want to spend in an office? Where do they want to live if they can work remotely? Do they want to switch careers? For many, this has become a moment to literally redefine what is work.
Some might decide to make a fundamental shift. They might move, they might completely change track. There might be little the employer can do to keep them.
People are not just reflecting on their job, they are thinking about their profession, their entire career and their balance between work and other aspects of their life.
Others are thinking about the balance shown in the workplace. As the article points out, the majority of those with degrees got to work from home during the initial stages of the pandemic, those with lower levels of education typically went in to work.
Employers were not dividing employees along these lines, instead it demonstrates the type of work people do and how it became almost one rule for some, another rule for others.
A huge light has been shone on how people work and many are emerging with grievances or at least a desire for their own situation to change.
The article is fascinating – please do take the time to read it over on Time.
What does it mean in terms of workplace benefits?
We simply believe it ties into the need for workplaces to be inclusive and go that extra step to help employees. To create benefits that truly benefit all, and exist to make people’s lives easier, not just to tick a box.
That is something we can help with, ensuring you have a package of workplace benefits that help to increase motivation and employee retention. The benefits lead to a more unified, happier workforce. They may not persuade someone considering a complete change of life to stay, what they will do is improve the overall levels of workplace satisfaction.
At Enjoy Benefits, we have great experience in helping companies of all sizes introduce benefits that are suitable for their workplace.
Benefits are easy to set up and ongoing administration is then run through a hub, this allowing employees to manage their own benefits while the employer can see which benefits are proving popular and what level of take-up each has had.
If you would like an obligation free chat to discuss which benefits might work for your business and your employees, please contact us by calling 0800 088 7315 or using our Contact Form.