No doubt, the current environment has led to high levels of anxiety and stress for workers everywhere. The good news is that employers have taken notice and many have taken action.
Here’s what some employers are doing to help us better manage our challenges in these trying times:
Enhancing healthcare benefits
This will come as no surprise, but more and more employers are leveraging technology that helps employees seek, manage, and receive health care over the internet. And since so many of us are struggling with our mental health, many are now offering (or expanding) their virtual mental health services as well, according to a Willis Towers Watson survey.
Offering virtual solutions
Since most of us are now working from home, many employers are forgoing the gym memberships and the in-house health and wellness initiatives. They’re now offering workouts and healthy nutrition and weight management programs virtually.
Covering remote costs
Post-COVID research from Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) finds that half of companies are covering remote work costs, including boosts to internet speed, data overages, laptops, monitors and more.
Providing more generous leave policies
Research from SHRM also shows that more companies are offering additional paid leave and one third are offering additional unpaid leave. Is your company one of them? If not, plans may very well be in the pipeline. Most large organizations say they are implementing benefits similar to those offered under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) even if not required to do so. It’s all about enhancing flexibility.