When searching for jobs, most applicants research the company and what the benefits and perks are of working for that company. They are lured by rooftop Yoga, SoulCycle Wednesdays, beer on draft at the office, ping pong tables and virtual reality rooms. But COVID hit and most of the workers went virtual. For HR and People professionals, the way we attract candidates had to change in this pandemic world. How are companies pivoting with their benefits and perks packages?
Before COVID hit, the ability to WFH (work from home) or remote work was considered a perk by most organizations and their employees. Thus, a company with a WFH policy was more attractive to candidates versus a company that was 100% on-site. When COVID hit, WFH was no longer considered a perk and flexibility became expected by most employees. A recent Harvard Business School study of 1,500 remote workers reveal that only 18% of employees want to go back to the office full-time; 27% want to go permanently remote and 61% want a combination of both – primarily at their own discretion and on their terms. Read more