I ran across a post the other day that really got my attention. LinkedIn is sponsoring a program called LiftUp! -- multiple initiatives designed to support their employees during this extended work-from-home period. The program includes mental health resources, meeting-free days and some surprises and delights such as RestUp! – a week off in April. The program also includes a challenge to #LiftUpOthers with random acts of kindness. Everyone can participate and post about it on LinkedIn using the #LiftUpOthers hashtag.
Around the same time, a Mercer colleague sent an email asking for ideas for “feel good” benefits. That really got me thinking about the state of well-being as we hit one year since the pandemic caused work-life and home-life to merge together for so many of us. How is it going? Employees are struggling with unmanageable workloads, lack of support and burnout. And many feel unrecognized for the work they’ve been doing, sight unseen, during the pandemic – fully 40%, according to a report by the Achievers Workforce Institute.
That’s where the “feelgood” benefits come in. Employers are looking for ways to show empathy and support for the toll this year has taken on us all. Here are some ideas collected from Mercer colleagues and the employers they work with.
Work-style changes to reduce stress
Reinforce the need for time off
Feel good benefits
It has been a long year – and the little things really matter. What are you doing to show the love to your employees? Send us a quick email with your feel good benefit idea.