Just a short time ago, lavish amenities were necessary for an attractive office environment. However, the idea of happy hours with colleagues now seems far out of reach.
How workers view their own wellness and health has dramatically changed over the past year, and companies need to be ready to accommodate these new demands.
Prior to the pandemic, workplace amenities focused on the in-office experience. But now that employees are largely working from home and may continue to do so, companies need to adjust their offerings to better cater to these work arrangements.
Mental and physical health is a major priority of the workplace today, so businesses should offer benefits that help decrease stress and improve work conditions.
One way to do this is to offer employees access to virtual fitness platforms or meditation apps. For example, Pinterest moved their normal exercise classes to online so workers can still get in physical activity at home.
Financial health is also an important factor of supporting overall wellbeing. In fact, the National Endowment for Financial Education found that four in five Americans are stressed about their financial situation.
That’s why benefits that offer employees financial support, such as discounts, savings on home appliances, stipends for office supplies, access to childcare services and more, can greatly improve their wellbeing.
Lastly, flexibility will continue to play an important role in the workplace for the foreseeable future. Many workers have found it to be the preferable way of working, particularly those who may be juggling parental responsibilities.