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How to adapt your benefits to support remote workers

Having your benefits tailored specifically for your workforce is essential because what works for one business or in one industry sector won’t necessarily translate to performing well in another

Ultimately your benefits should aim to attract new talent and retain it while keeping your team happy and healthy.

A happy, healthy workforce, though needing some upfront investment, pays its dividends down the line in higher levels of productivity and better quality output.

So with larger swathes of Britain’s office workforces now working from home, how should your benefits offering adapt to suit this?

Health and Wellbeing:

Employees that are healthy in body and mind are more productive, happier and ultimately, for the cynical HR managers among us, are less likely to call in sick.

Aside from the obvious go-to of private health insurance, other less expensive offerings could include membership fees for gyms, or for when these are closed, Fitbits and accompanying reward schemes.

You could even support team building by running fitness competitions and rewarding the winners with an extra treat.

While physical health is important, even the fittest employees can struggle with mental health problems, and often this can pass unnoticed.

Zest’s free mental wellbeing module offers support on a range of wellbeing issues and also features practical advice.

Shiny New Things:

Having people work from their own homes means you’re saving on your overheads, so you have no excuse not to kit your teams out with the equipment they need for their job.

Desks, chairs, computers, mousemats, all these things make a difference. Encourage your workers to set up a designated space in their home by providing them with the furniture necessary to do this.

A good ergonomic chair would never go a miss, and, of course, it goes without saying that fast, stable internet is essential for your employees and your business.

Nothing is more annoying than a jittery Zoom call!

Of course, you could also set them up with a dazzling new benefits platform such as Zest so that they can get the most from their benefits…but we’re sure you’re thinking about that already!

Learning and Development:

Paying for training not only benefits your employees by giving them new skills but in turn, that benefits you.

There are so many online courses available in every subject imaginable. On a cold, wintry evening, many people would appreciate being able to feel like they’re making the most of their time learning something new.

The Small Things Count:

Health insurance and top of the range computers might be out of your budget, that’s ok because as with everything it’s the small things that count.

Working from home can be a lonely experience, and workers can start to lose their connection with their company and co-workers.

A small gift sent to their home to show them you’re thinking of them can do wonders for morale. If you want to step it up a notch, then consider a delivery service for a monthly takeaway or another service such as laundry or cleaning.

A gift of some company-branded gear will be appreciated.

Keep your employees in the loop with Zest’s Content Pages that allow you to deliver the message you want to the people who need to hear it, company-wide or targeted groups, wherever they may be working from.

Ultimately whatever benefits you offer up to your employees, whether they’re working from home, in the office or out in the field you can make the decision and delivery process simpler, whilst increasing engagement, by using Zest.

Book a demo today to see for yourself just what our award-winning software is capable of.

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