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Pandemic Perks & Company Culture: What You Need to Know

Pandemic Perks & Company Culture: What You Need to Know

Promoting a positive company culture involves several steps, tasks, and overall approaches to running a company. Offering perks is one of them. While perks don’t represent all aspects of an organization’s culture, they can play an important role.

For instance, some companies offer employees the option to work remotely as part of the organization’s efforts to emphasize the importance of work/life balance. However, due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, many office-based workers are working from home now, even if they didn’t have the option to in the past. Due to this turn of events, remote work is no longer thought of as a perk; it’s a default option that should have no further bearing on your company culture.

Therefore, you’ll need to replace it with additional perks to ensure your company culture remains positive and strong. You may be asking yourself what kind of extra perks you can offer your employees now that many, if not all, are not in the office to take advantage.

Fortunately, there are still many perks that can help maintain a positive culture even when your employees are working from home. Read on to learn more.

Professional Development Opportunities

Research indicates that many of today’s most ambitious workers prioritize developing their skills and expanding their knowledge. They don’t want to be stuck in the same roles forever, so they take steps to become more valuable to their employers.

If your company offers employees the opportunity to take courses or attend relevant seminars at no cost, the result is a positive company culture in which employees feel supported in their growth. Making learning and development opportunities available to employees also allows a learning-focused culture to flourish, which can give your company unique competitive advantages.

While your employees might not be able to take classes in person, they can still develop their skills via online classes. If they’re stuck inside most of the time, they might also be eager to take advantage of opportunities that keep them engaged and occupied during what could otherwise be a fairly monotonous experience.

Although your budget may be tight right now, if you allow employees to take online development courses for free, you’ll enjoy the benefits of a positive company culture and an even more talented workforce in the long run.

Flexible Scheduling

Many companies that formerly offered the option to work from home as a perk typically required employees to work during certain hours of the day, say between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. If this is the case at your company, you may want to loosen the restrictions for now.

The current situation is stressful for many. Knowing they can take breaks and work when they feel comfortable will remind employees your organization cares about their well-being.

Additionally, in some areas, many parents have to homeschool their children due to school closures. Flexible scheduling will help them find more time to balance their professional responsibilities and their new personal responsibilities.

Wellness Programs

home-fitness

Many people aim to stay fit and healthy while they’re homebound during the pandemic, but some are at a loss as to what do, particularly if they used to frequent gyms or public sports facilities. Fortunately, there are many ways they can still work out, even from home. They can follow along with fitness videos, use home fitness equipment, or both.

Your company could support them by providing these resources. This might involve paying for a premium fitness video program or providing employees with basic fitness equipment (such as resistance bands) that can be used in homes of any size.  

Supporting your employees’ personal goals during such a stressful time can make them feel supported as a person rather than a cog in the machine, boosting morale and engagement.

Team Bonding

Being able to socialize with others is probably more important to your employees than ever. Unfortunately (and ironically), it’s also more difficult now that most of us are unable to leave the house to do things like grabbing drinks after work.

However, you can still organize modified opportunities to socialize. This could simply take the form of a virtual “happy hour” in which team members meet up through a video conferencing tool to discuss anything other than work. If you want to get more creative, you could organize activities such as trivia nights.

Keep in mind that the relationships your employees have with one another also contributes directly to the company culture. Giving them chances to socialize now will help you maintain your company culture at a time when it could otherwise erode.