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With the recent pandemic turning the world of work upside down, it’s only become more of a challenge to keep employees satisfied. However, if your team isn’t happy, how can you expect them to keep your customers happy?
This brings us to the big question that crosses every switched-on employer’s mind: What do employees want? What do they need to be productive enough to make your business successful? Specifically, what benefits are workers seeking as we head into 2023?
Here are five that will prove to be essential over the coming year:
1. Remote Working Options
High employee retention, efficiency, and effectively getting work done are desirable for any workplace. A hybrid working environment allows you to achieve all that while accommodating each individual’s unique needs.
All you have to do is find a virtual office, use this digital space to keep everyone connected, and then watch how it helps workers attain a healthier work-life balance. Opt for a local virtual office that also offers bookable meeting rooms so you can schedule regular team meetings and get-togethers.
2. Wiggle Room
The days of stiff jobs are behind us, and adaptability is gaining importance. The willingness to compromise in terms of schedule is becoming extremely desirable. In cases where remote work doesn’t make sense or do the trick, a forgiving schedule can. Leaving early on Fridays, a four-day work week – there are many ways to create some wiggle room in the workplace.
Remember, employees have lives outside of work. Even if they see work as the center of their lives, you don’t want to encourage unhealthy attachments to it. Similarly, a schedule that’s too strict can make staff feel overwhelmed and may prompt resignation.
Feeling like you have some control over your schedule can be empowering, and who doesn’t want their employees to feel empowered?
3. Burnout Prevention Measures
Working yourself half to death has unfortunately become normalized in today’s society. So, socially responsible companies must find new ways to help employees avoid burnout. Some examples include offering more time off work, funding health and wellness programs, and facilitating technology fasts.
Peak performance and productivity call for sharp minds. So, as companies work to preserve and revitalize staff enthusiasm, they will likely see an uptick in engagement and output.
4. Future Certainty
No employee wants to feel like a cog in the machine – a disposable member of the team. Fixing this issue isn’t just about the workforce but the business itself.
Some elements that indicate whether a company is worth working for include its financial position, growth potential, and administrative capabilities. The best talent knows that a secure job can withstand economic downfalls and other challenges. So, they’re unlikely to bet their lives on a company that looks like a sinking ship, no matter how many perks the company offers.
5. Bill Splitting
The cost of goods and services keeps rising, and even if you increase employee salaries, it’ll probably still fall short in the face of price hikes. For that reason, we’re going to see more companies covering certain expenses on behalf of workers. Tuition fees and childcare costs are just some of the increasingly popular ones.
Those who seek shall find
2023 will be an interesting working year thanks to this employee benefit ‘wish list.’
The more a business can align with these needs and preferences, the better its employee retention rate will be.
Remember, your employees are responsible for helping you create the value you present to your customers and stakeholders. So, keeping them happy is essential to your success.