Rethinking Perks : Goodbye Stocked Kitchens and On-Site Gyms

With more than a quarter of the global workforce working remotely, the perks of office life seem to sound like a distant dream – from stocked pantry to on-site gyms, the benefits of a physical workplace are missed.

How can companies going remote full-time, or those planning to work remotely, still provide perks to their employees working from home? You might be surprised to learn that the COVID-19 pandemic is dramatically redefining the workplace and impacting employees in terms of flexibility, engagement and burnout.

remote job perks after pandemic

remote job perks after pandemic

With more than a quarter of the global workforce working remotely, the perks of office life seem to sound like a distant dream – from stocked pantry to on-site gyms, the benefits of a physical workplace are missed.

The Workhuman employee pulse survey, taken in early May, polled more than 3,000 full-time workers in the U.S., across various industries. Their responses highlighted much-needed perspectives on what’s most important to workers right now, and how the current climate is changing benefits and perks provided to employees.

Rethinking Perks To Employees

    • 53% of workers would rather spend the rest of their career working from home with their family.

 

    • Since the pandemic began, 42% of workers said they have a felt a sense of loneliness and isolation once a week or more often, 10% said they felt lonely every day. 

 

    • When workers were asked how well their managers boosted motivation and engagement during this time, the average score was 65/100. 

 

    • Remote workers ranked “my colleagues” as what they miss most about working in the office – placing it ahead of culture, work/life balance, and routine. 

 

    • The survey showed that social distancing, health risks, and loss of routine are all wearing on people: 38% of workers experienced a form of burnout during the pandemic, and for working parents the number was even higher at 42%.  

 

    • 25% of employees reported their sense of work/life balance became worse over this time period, 26% of workers admitted they were working more hours 

 

    • “What is the biggest change you’d like to see happen in the workplace after COVID-19?” the top answer was “more flexible work-from-home policies” (39%), followed by “more recognition for the work we’re doing” (18%). 

 

    • 62% of workers said they have not been recognized since the pandemic began 

 

    • When asked what’s the biggest change they’d like to see after COVID-19, write-in responses included “healthy facilities,” “increased measures of safety and cleanliness,” and “better contingency planning.”  

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Diana Coker
Diana Coker
Diana Coker is a staff writer at The HR Digest, based in New York. She also reports for brands like Technowize. Diana covers HR news, corporate culture, employee benefits, compensation, and leadership. She loves writing HR success stories of individuals who inspire the world. She’s keen on political science and entertains her readers by covering usual workplace tactics.

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