Posted January 5th - Jason Desaulniers
The pandemic has caused many difficulties in the last year for both employees and employers.
For many employers, they often found themselves worrying how employee benefits will change after COVID-19.
Financial (and job) security for a lot of employees was uncertain at best. Many people lost their jobs and found it difficult to navigate through the new challenges they faced thanks to COVID-19.
As an employer, you can help your employees find the peace of mind they need when dealing with COVID-19 by working closely with them and addressing any concerns they may have around their position.
The pandemic has caused a colossal economic shock. In March and April, 3 million people lost their jobs – with only 1.7 million returning to work by August.
With so many out of work, or working part-time with reduced hours, both companies and employees are facing difficult challenges.
The pre-COVID world isn’t going to return for a while, if at all, which begs the question of how the working world will change in the future.
In this blog, we’re going to take a look at how employee benefits are changing and how employees might see employee benefits differently than they did before COVID.
Expect More Responsibility Regarding Employee Health Benefits
The needs of the employee have evolved rapidly – especially now that they’re more aware of the importance of reliable health benefits and insurance, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.
The increased importance of human resources and adequate compensation will have to be considered when building your company’s benefits strategy for 2021.
Why Should You Take More Responsibility When It Comes To Your Employee’s Health?
Over the past year, people’s financial vulnerabilities have been seriously affecting their health. People were tired, scared, worried, and unsure about what COVID-19 would bring to the world, and that takes its toll on people’s mental and physical well-being.
As an employer, you’re responsible for your employees’ health at work. Their health not only affects their work ethic, but your attitude towards an employee’s well-being can affect others in the workplace. Your benefits package heavily impacts the future employees you attract.
This includes more than just health benefits – if employees are left to their own devices, they might not figure out their retirement plan or organize long-term financial goals. As an employer, it’s important for you to play a key part in providing your workers with retirement security. Help guide them in building and managing assets during their careers, so they feel happier working for you, for the long-term.
Your employees’ health and well-being are one of the most valuable assets of your company. You should protect both of them the best you can, by providing them with the help they need.
The more you help your employees, the harder they’ll work for you and the more you’ll be seen as a supportive employer that the best talent will want to work for.
Employees Are More Aware Of The Benefits They’re Entitled To
Employee benefits weren’t always as important to employees. The impact that COVID-19 has had on the world has caused the interest in employee benefits to rise.
Insurance and similar benefits before the pandemic weren’t as sought after. Their importance to employees was mixed, some cared about them, some didn’t. But now, so many have experienced a financial shock because of the coronavirus and popular opinion has shifted.
Millennials were less responsive to benefits like insurance. It didn’t really impact their decision to take, or stay, in a job. Now they will be more likely to continue to work at a company if these benefits are covered by their employers.
As An Employer, You Have To Meet The Industry Standards
Unfortunately, with this newfound interest in benefits, you, as an employer, will have to meet certain industry standards when it comes to providing benefits to your staff.
This means there is going to be a more competitive nature to employee benefits. The better the benefits you offer, the more likely you’ll get the top talent in the industry.
Employee Benefits Could Be The Deciding Factor When It Comes To Accepting A Job Offer
Employee benefits just might become the primary driving force behind whether a potential employee accepts a job or not.
Employees will be more aware now of the risks that they might face in the immediate/near future. With this in mind, they’ll want to maintain a healthy work environment. This means they’ll expect certain benefits to be included by employers.
If you can’t supply qualified workers with the benefits they seek, you might end up losing some of the best talent to your competitors.
As an employer, you’re on the front lines of this new approach to the world of work. Now is the time to begin making a change to your company to better suit your employees’ needs.
If you’re looking to put some great benefits in place for your employees, call us today and we’ll help you put the right plan in place.
Our team can look over your current benefits plan and discuss any new options that are available for you.
Take care of your employee’s well-being, and they’ll continue to stay loyal and work hard for you and your company.