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Right now, many employers may be facing hard decisions that lead to layoffs, furloughed employees, and reduced pay. That's why now is a good time to take a moment and look towards the future, specifically how the pandemic will change the types of benefits offered to employees. Post coronavirus, many employers want to leverage their benefits (including compensation) to meet the evolving needs of their current and prospective workforce.
Employers should take the following needs into consideration when developing plans for the post-coronavirus employment market:
- Paid sick leave – Many employers are expanding their paid sick leave. It’s a valued benefit to ensure that an employee can take care of themselves or a loved one.
- Expanded PTO – Paid time off is seen as a valuable perk.
- Flexible scheduling – Employees may still be balancing caretaking and personal responsibilities while schools, day cares, etc. are still closed. Flexible scheduling is an attractive benefit.
- Remote work options – Is it feasible within your organization? Employees are interested in flexible work arrangements or the opportunity to work remotely if possible.
- Additional health benefits – Providing services such as an employee assistance program, telehealth services, or mental health support are attractive benefits to employees.
The ability to work in a safe environment is one of an employee’s top priorities. Employers should evaluate if they have created a safe and healthy workplace post coronavirus. This may include items like social distancing, wearing face masks, and increased office cleanings. When recreating safety practices or considering a reopening, follow local health official guidance and review the up-to-date guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The last few months have been taxing for everyone. Keep this in mind when you are sharing good or bad news with your employees. Consider surveying your employees to get a current feel for their thoughts on their benefits and compensation. When making any changes or updates, communicate to them clearly in a transparent and timely manner.
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This blog is intended to be a compilation of information and resources pulled from federal, state, and local agencies. This is not intended to be legal advice. For up to the minute information and guidance on COVID-19, please follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and your local health organizations.
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