The Covid-19 pandemic has left nearly two thirds of employees (64%) working from home in the last 12 months and in need of support for their mental wellbeing in the year ahead, according to new research by Edenred.
OnePoll conducted a study on behalf of the service and payment platform of 2,000 UK employees to obtain the results.
The study found that whilst staff were satisfied with the support given for managing work-life balance (73%), collaborative working (72%) and physical wellbeing (71%), they needed support in different ways in the year ahead.
OnePoll added that one in four employees revealed they wanted help with mental wellbeing and roughly one in five (17%) suggested they need help in adjusting to a return to the office. Employers were seen to be falling short in reward (32%) and recognition (21%) for their staff’s work through the pandemic.
Additionally, the study found that HR policy and employee benefits were “out of step” with what employees needed for their new working pattern, with just over half (56%) saying their employer was doing well in these areas.
Alisdair Seenan, HR director at Edenred UK, said: “The coming weeks are a critical period for employers who want to ensure their people and their organisations are in the best place to thrive as we emerge from lockdown.
“Having done a good job of getting our people through the last 12 months, we now need to act fast to ensure that whatever model of working your organisation embraces, you have the right policy, working practices and tools to meet the changing needs of your people.”
He added: “With our research finding that 29% of employees feel more positive about their organisation as a result of actions they took in the past year and 24% saying they were more likely to go the extra mile, it is clear that employers who invest in supporting their people will be rewarded with engaged and motivated teams.”