A new study from global employee engagement firm Reward Gateway reveals the expectations of employees and goals of HR leaders as they adapt to a post-pandemic world and face record-high inflation rates. The survey of 3,799 employees and HR decision-makers in the UK, U.S. and Australia highlights that employees want support beyond a paycheck.
What do employees want from their leaders?
50% would like to see increased investment in employee reward. 49% of employees would like their employer to increase investment in mental, physical and financial wellbeing resources. Responses further indicate that these investments are more than nice-to-haves.
A significant number of employees would leave a job if there was a lack of reward and recognition(40%) and a lack of financial, physical or mental wellbeing support (40%).
What are leaders doing to meet expectations?
HR leaders are aware of changing employee expectations, with survey results highlighting HR’s efforts to improve the overall employee experience. In fact, their top three priorities are employee engagement (43%), employee retention (39%) and workplace wellbeing (38%).
Workplace wellbeing is coming into even more focus as inflation soars: 72% of Human Resource leaders surveyed agree stress resulting from cost of living increases is negatively impacting their employees’ work. And the majority (61%) of employees agree.
“This survey reveals that there are elements of the employee experience that can support their willingness to stay with a company. Whether it’s reward and recognition or financial, mental or physical wellbeing resources, HR leaders need all these tools to best support their people, and retain their talent,” said Robert Hicks, Group HR Director, Reward Gateway.