It’s a tough time for employees around the world. Health scares are still making their presence felt with consequences on not only physical but also mental and financial wellbeing; inflation is rising, exacerbating financial stress for many; and travel restrictions, supply chain issues and labour shortages are still disrupting business in many places.
It’s also a time of great upheaval when it comes to labour markets. Many employees are starting to question what matters most to them and look for new career opportunities.
The 2022 Global Benefit Attitudes Survey breaks down the key findings for employers across major markets in Asia Pacific, and explores how they can use their benefit strategies to support their employees through this time of great change.
Retirement and healthcare benefits also play an increasingly important role in employee decisions to stay or leave. In many markets in the region, the importance of health and retirement benefits as attraction and retention tools has reached a 10-year high.
In such a fast-changing landscape, it’ll be more important than ever to have your ears to the ground and ensure that you are delivering meaningful benefits that resonate with your workforce.
While overall, the survey found that the majority of employees are satisfied with their benefits, nonetheless some groups are in danger of being left behind. This includes women, LGBT+, ethnic minorities and low-income groups. To bridge this gap, employers can start reviewing benefits from a DE&I perspective with a specific lens for their own market.
A well-designed, inclusive benefits package will only go so far if it’s not communicated in a way that employees can understand and use. What an effective communication strategy looks like will depend on many factors including company culture, predominant work styles and workforce demographics.
With remote working being the norm for many organisations today, it’ll be important to investigate whether a technology platform can help cover your organisation’s benefit delivery and administration needs.
Flexible work is here to stay. How can benefits support this? Employers are getting innovative, including work from anywhere options, office supply subsidies and generous time off policies. Reshape your benefit strategy to highlight your new flexible work policies and amplify your desired culture around flexible work.
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