From taking dogs to work and working remotely: The work perks Australians want the most after covid
- Australian businesses are offering unique work perks to staff following COVID-19
- Pandemic showed employers and staff the benefits of remote and flexible work
- Businesses are working to create inclusive office spaces including allowing pets
- Experts say unique perks will be a great way to attract and retain valuable staff
Australian workers are yearning for unique work perks including having pets in the office, working remotely and having flexible work hours, a new survey has found.
Research by comparison website Finder found employees were pushing for quirky work benefits to get the most of their job for both themselves and their employer.
The coronavirus pandemic has caused a major shift in work culture across the globe and businesses are keeping up with the unique working landscape to continue their operations.
The shift to working from home has shown staff and employers the mutual benefits of remote working and highlighted the importance of looking after workers mental health and creating a healthy work environment.
Australian businesses are offering unique work perks to staff following COVID-19. Pictured: a woman works from a remote office in a cafe
Data found many Australian employers are allowing their staff more annual leave, flexible and remote working freedoms, professional training and university opportunities to boost staff morale and work optimism.
Finder co-founder and co-chief executive Fred Schebesta said he believed the trend would continue into the future.
‘I do believe employers will want to provide more of these perks and benefits to not only attract and retain talent, but also to create an inclusive culture and to nurture mental health and wellness,’ he told The Daily Telegraph.
After experimenting through the pandemic, several businesses have allowed staff to construct their work day at their own rate, provided they complete their allocated tasks.
The pandemic has shown employers and staff the benefits of remote and flexible work, with some businesses allowing workers to have flexible start and finish times to suit their lifestyle
THE PERKS AUSSIE WORKERS WANT:
Flexible work times
More annual leave
Income protection insurance
Professional development training
Free lunch provided
Free gym membership
PepsiCo launched their Flextime policy for non-manufacturing staff, where workers have no start or finish times in their shifts.
PepsiCo Australia and New Zealand CEO Danny Celoni said the business trust their staff enough to allow them the freedom to construct their work day in a way that works the best for them.
‘I have no doubt our productivity has increased as a function of this, which is why we believe in it,’ he said.
Others have employees scattered in various locations across the country staying connected via the internet.
Chief technology officer Mitch Malone from content curation software company Linktree has only spent four days in the office in six months of working at the job.
The rest of the time he has spent travelling regional Australia in a caravan.
Mr Malone said provided he has connectivity, he can do his job from anywhere and his employer is fine with that.
‘I am an outdoor person and like to go rock-climbing and hiking but Monday to Friday I keep myself within the 4G zone and I am able to work effectively,’ he said.
Businesses are working to create inclusive and welcoming office spaces including allowing workers pets to come in
Other businesses are allowing furry friends to come into the office to create a more welcoming environment.
Research conducted for Uber Australia found 62 per cent of Australians believe pets in the workplace help boost their mental health.
Data also found one in five Aussies said pets in the workplace help decrease stress so they don’t have to worry about their pets being lonely at home after months of lockdown.
Uber’s Amanda Gilmore believes businesses having a flexible pet policy is the way to go.
‘When we launched Uber Pet, we really expected it to be something people used mainly on weekends,’ she said.
‘To see now that 20 per cent of Uber Pet trips are happening during the weekday commute was really startling.’
Experts say unique perks will be a great way to attract and retain valuable staff. Pictured: staff brainstorm in a boardroom