Your Employees Want More than Remote Work. Here’s How to Give It to Them.

Offering remote work is an absolute minimum requirement in today’s job market. To retain and attract employees in the midst of the Great Retirement, you must offer additional benefits. Here are seven things today’s workers will appreciate.

The pandemic has shown employees the value of the flexibility and freedom that remote jobs offer, and employers are taking notice. According to a study by Ladders, remote opportunities have multiplied from about 4% of all jobs earning more than six figures before the pandemic to about 9% by the end of 2020. By the end of this year they will account for more than a quarter of the peak – paid jobs.

But employers shouldn’t rest on their laurels just because they have the flexibility to work remotely. The Great Resignation made it clear that workers will continue to demand more from their jobs, and they deserve it. As a CEO, you also want to look beyond remote work for other types of benefits to offer.

Employees who feel valued and respected are more productive and less likely to leave their organization. Consider giving your employees the resources they need to do great work without wasting their time. To retain your best talent, consider these additional benefits to deepen engagement and ensure your employees are getting what they need.

  1. High-tech advantages
    You can provide remote workers with the latest technology, including mobile workstations such as laptops, tablets or even smartphones programmed with the tools they need to get their work done from anywhere. Real-time payment apps, for example, allow workers to get paid faster, more regularly, and have more control over the timing of paychecks. For your remote workers, you can offer home office allowances to cover home office expenses, such as:
  2. Flex and part-time options
    Everyone wants more control over their time. For example, a working parent might appreciate the ability to take their children to school in the morning, or someone who has a long commute to work might prefer to arrive early and leave early to avoid traffic. Students, supervisors, or those with other outside commitments may choose to work part-time. By offering flexible working hours, you open your company to a wider pool of talent and show that you are flexible and accommodating.
  3. Health and well-being benefits
    The pandemic has forced everyone to reevaluate what’s important in life. For many people, this means taking better care of their health and well-being. Employers can support employees’ health goals by offering wellness benefits such as discounts on gym memberships, on-site fitness classes, counseling, meditation classes, or even in-office massages. You can be sure to provide healthy snacks and beverages at work, offer discounts on healthy food delivery services, or help employees plan for future health and medical expenses through a health savings account or life insurance plan.
  4. Additional paid time off
    In addition to sick days and vacation days, you can offer your employees additional paid time off to use as they please. This can include time off to travel and pursue interests, family vacations, or even just a day off to relax and recharge. PTO is a great way to show your employees that you value their time and understand that everyone needs a break now and then.
  5. Extended parental leave
    There is no doubt that parents have felt the strain in recent years. As schools and daycares closed, many had to take on the roles of teachers and parents while trying to get their jobs done. Even after the pandemic, parents need support. Parental allowance can include on-site childcare or reimbursement of childcare costs, as well as generous paid maternity and paternity leave.
  6. Training and development opportunities
    Investing in your employees’ career development is a win-win situation for them and the company. By offering opportunities for professional development, you show that you are committed to their long-term success. Offer opportunities for professional development, including conference attendance, online courses, and in-house training programs. For those who continue their education, you might even offer tuition reimbursement or assistance with student loan payments.
  7. rewards and recognition
    When employees are invested in a company, they are more productive, loyal and invested in its future. Public recognition, whether verbal or financial, for going above and beyond on a task can go a long way to fostering feelings of gratitude and appreciation. And for high-performing employees, consider offering cash bonuses or stock options that give them even more of a stake in the company’s success.

It’s clear that today’s workers want and deserve more from their jobs. To keep your best talent engaged and productive, you need to offer them benefits that go beyond remote work. With all of these potential benefits at your fingertips, there’s no reason to lose top talent due to a lack of commitment or investment. Your employees will appreciate every gesture that shows them how valuable they really are.

Written by Brady Harris.
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