Lockdown benefits ‘not fit for purpose’

New research by employee benefits provider Edenred suggests staff are dissatisfied with the level of support they are getting from their organisation – with lockdown benefits branded ‘not fit for purpose’.

The research, which questioned 2,000 UK employees, found employers were seen to be falling short in the areas of reward (32%) and recognition (21%), for their staff’s work during the pandemic.

Dissatisfaction with reward and recognition was also mirrored by a sense of lack of support for mental health – identified by one-in-four respondents.

The study further found HR policy and employee benefits provision was out of step with what employees needed for their new working patterns. Just over a half of respondents said their employer was doing well in this area.

Commenting on the results, Alisdair Seenan, HR director at Edenred UK, said: “The coming weeks are a critical period for employers wanting to ensure their people are in the best place to thrive as we emerge from lockdown.”

He added: “Employers need to act fast to ensure that whatever model of working their organisation embraces, it has the right policy, working practices and tools to meet the changing needs of their people.”