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Posted on: 2/10/2021
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The COVID-19 pandemic caused a shift in the workforce as companies were required to shut their office doors and adapt to remote work-home balance. Your employees have likely been dispersed and set up their new workspaces within their homes, causing your work culture to undergo a massive, unexpected transformation. Meetings are conducted via video rather than the conference room at your office, and water-cooler chats no longer exist.

With your team working at home, their work-life balance may be completely skewed. The time limits of a workday are blurred now that your employees have constant access to completing their work at home. While they may believe this is a demonstration of higher productivity, it could lead to negative results like burnout and lower work quality.

As a leader, your new duty is to encourage as much normalcy for your employees while they work from home. This will help them maintain work-home balance so they will remain an asset to your business and be able to tend to their personal lives and wellbeing when the workday is over.

Here is how you can promote work-home balance for your remote workforce:

Allow Freedom in Scheduling

A benefit of remote work for your employees is the freedom to adjust their workday scheduling to suit their lifestyle. You may notice higher productivity in your employees as they shape their scheduling around times when they are more highly focused.

It’s highly recommended that you promote scheduling flexibility for your remote employees. This is highly valued by employees working remotely. With more freedom, they can run errands during their lunch breaks or take care of their kids at certain hours while their partner holds meetings from their home office. You will still need to ensure boundaries are set by having your remote workers share their hours so you can know when they are available and ensure they are completing their necessary daily workload.

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Encourage At-Home Workspaces

Whether you choose to maintain regular 9-to-5 scheduling or allow your employees to establish remote scheduling, you must ensure they only work their necessary hours and no more or less. You can achieve this by having your team members set online and offline hours, which apply to when they are working and when they can no longer be contacted for work-related issues. It’s essential to ensure your team honors one another's’ hours.

With these hours, which can be established on most communication platforms, your team can develop their work-home balance.

Establish Online and Offline Hours

While you may not have total control of where your employees work within their homes, you can help them find some work-home balance by suggesting they designate a workspace. You can do this by including discounts to workspace equipment retailers or by sharing at-home workspace set-up tips.

Promote Wellness with Work-Home Balance and Health Tips

These times are highly stressful for your employees. The shift of everyday life may have heightened their anxiety levels as the pandemic has caused social isolation, reduced access to certain resources, and entirely different work environments. The stress and chaos from the pandemic may impact your remote workers’ mental and physical health.

You may have an on-site fitness center at your office or resources available for your employees’ wellbeing. Now that they are home, you may need to find alternative methods, like sharing health tips through emails or providing discounts to wellness resources like apps, subscriptions, or online classes. Supporting your employees’ wellness through these services and discounts will lead to their reduced stress and improved ability to remain productive from home.

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Promote Work-Home Balance With Passport Unlimited Packages

To help your employees thrive while working from home, you can build a benefits package filled with discounts to local and world-renowned businesses so they and their families can adapt to their new work lives. Passport Unlimited is partnered with a wide range of companies that will promote your employees’ wellness and establish their new work setting so they can manage their work-home balance.

Posted on: 2/9/2021
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This past year, the COVID-19 pandemic altered the structure of society. One significant change brought about by the pandemic is that more people are working from home. While the transition period was likely a challenge for your business, the time has allowed everyone to settle into their at-home work environments.

With your employees working from home, some of the perks in your benefits package may no longer apply to them as before the pandemic. The job perks around your office space are not being used, and you can no longer host weekly free lunches at your office.

Now is the time to reconsider your benefits package. You will want to consider your remote employees' new post-pandemic needs. To help you reshape your job perks to employees, consider these statistics:

74% of employees in a MetLife study claimed they are concerned about one or more facets of their overall wellbeing

With the intense waves of COVID-19 infection spread, your employees are more anxious about getting sick with coronavirus, leading to heightened and reduced wellbeing. This era is filled with stress from isolation and no longer having access to usual resources from pre-pandemic everyday life.

With this in mind, you may want to include job perks in your benefits to promote and support holistic wellbeing. Your employees will highly value access to mental and physical wellness

The number of employees feeling financially well is on the decline from 61% in 2018 to 49% in 2020

The pandemic greatly impacted the economy as businesses received fewer profits, laid off employees, or were required to close. This means many families relying on two incomes could now possibly be counting on just one. While working from home saves money on a commute, your employees may now be handling expensive energy bills. The chaos that ensued from the pandemic may also leave them feeling unsure if they’re prepared to handle any further financial hits.

You can relieve your employees of some financial stresses with a savings or discount program. They will appreciate any opportunity to save costs on merchant businesses, takeout meals, and more.

66% of employees feel their productivity has been negatively impacted by balancing child care and their remote work responsibilities since the pandemic
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Your employees are likely not alone while working from home. They may have children in the house as schools and daycares have been shut down throughout the waves of the virus spread. This means they need to supervise and entertain their children while conducting meetings, completing assignments, and other work-related duties.

By offering job perks like discounts to businesses with children’s toys, entertainment materials, and more, you could help your employees occupy their children during workdays. Including savings to childcare services could relieve your remote workers of the stresses of working with their children in the home.

Almost 20% of employees want lifestyle and entertainment tools in their job perks
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Now that people are required to stay home, entertainment services like streaming platform accounts and hardware are highly desirable to employees. These have been beneficial for distracting from the stresses of COVID-19.

You can support your employees’ access to entertainment in their homes by partnering with businesses that sell the necessary equipment. As an employer, you may also want to consider free streaming service accounts or discounts in your job perks.

42% of companies are adapting their job perks packages after the pandemic

Since the pandemic, a high percentage of employers are reshaping their company perks to cater to their workers' modern needs. With offices shut down, the access to free coffee and an on-site fitness center is no longer relevant. This is especially relevant if you plan to keep employees working remotely for a long time beyond the pandemic.

With Passport Unlimited, you can build an employee benefits package with discounts to local businesses and services. Your employees will feel more satisfied with your business as you offer financial savings and access to services that will promote their health, wellness, entertainment and provide child care assistance. You’ll notice heightened productivity and reduced staff turnover so your business can continue making progress through these uncertain times.

Posted on: 1/12/2021
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Due to the conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic, many offices have shut down, and staff teams have been separated to work remotely in their own homes. This is designed to reduce the risk of continued virus spread, keeping everyone healthy and safe.

However, most teams weren't given a chance to develop a plan to stay connected or adjust their regular workday to the home setting. Their new office space may be full of distractions for families, decreasing productivity and overall employee engagement.

To ensure your business continues moving forward, you will need to focus on strategies to engage remote employees.

Keep Checking In

Now that you can't see your employees working productively as you would in the office, you should initiate a system where you can meet with your remote workers one-on-one. For them, asking questions about their assignments or workload has changed where they can't simply knock on your office door, so make sure to offer a platform or new approach where they can ask you questions and get feedback almost immediately as they would in-person.

You can also take this time to hear how they are finding their remote work setup and any problems you could potentially help with. Hearing feedback from team members on the new remote work style will help you understand consistent glitches or areas where you need to reshape your approach or offer solutions or resources to keep everyone on track.

By constantly meeting and holding discussions, you'll have a higher chance of engaging remote employees so they will remain focused on working at their highest efficiency levels and completing their work on time at its best quality as they would have in the office.

Video Conferencing

Try to conduct staff communication on video calling platforms. That way, you and your employees will feel more connected like you would in the office. During these trying times, society has changed so dramatically that everything is uncomfortable and seems unfamiliar. By seeing your staff's faces through video calls and hearing their voices again, your team will get to stay in touch with something familiar and standard in their lives. This could help them to cope with the setting changes.

Video calling will help with engaging remote employees, not only by reducing their sense of isolation with a team reunion, but it also offers a platform for collaboration. As you would in a brainstorming meeting in the office, you can use your video platform to share any important information for everyone to hear and share any issues or projects that need help moving forward.

Virtual video-based calls are also helpful for any training for new or current employees. This method makes it easier to walk your team through new software or discuss new strategies or techniques you will implement for a functional remote workstyle.

Be Transparent About Remote Work Expectations

Now that you and your team have been spread apart, your staff may be confused about the new conditions of their workdays or how to balance work and their personal life. When leading your remote team, list details of new standards, including how to contact management, report if they are sick or have an emergency leaving them unable to work from home, new regular work hours, and more. By being clear about your work output expectations, they will have the information necessary to remain productive and focused on their regular workload.

Show Your Appreciation for Their Work

The pandemic's constantly changing conditions could easily leave your employees stressed and missing their office work setup. The stress of these times could impair their ability to work.

That is why it's necessary to show your appreciation for staying committed to your business while going through these changes. Despite this anxious period, your team has continued to perform work for you to support your business. By saying thank you and expressing your gratitude, they will feel the emotional reward of their hard work.

Offer Rewards Through Employee Wellness Programs

Engaging remote employees with programs that will support their wellness will motivate them to stay committed to their work. An employee wellness program with restaurant or retail partnerships will offer access to good food and tools they need in their new daily living. A program with software and online vendor discounts will make it easier for your team to access resources to boost productivity.

To get started on building an employee wellness program to offer your team the resources and discounts that will help them stay engaged and manage these difficult times, choose Passport Unlimited. You can customize your staff's benefits, so you know they have everything they need to cope and stay productive. Book your demo with Passport Unlimited today.

Posted on: 12/15/2020
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Offering an employee discount program provides an extra incentive for your team to trust and feel motivated to commit to your company. By implementing such a program, employees can enjoy more of their personal life on top of their work lives. With this balance, you’ll see boosted team morale and efficiency. However, before singing your praises, your team needs to understand what the program is and how they can reap the benefits.

Determine Your Employees' Needs

If you understand what your workers are looking for in retail, dining, and other activities, you will know how to promote your package to them.

Due to the sweep of COVID-19 over the world and the need for social distancing, the rising trend is to have employees work from home rather than go into the office. Whether your team has already started working remotely, or is transitioning into this new setting, they now need to ensure they have the proper office materials at home. Sharing that employees have access to discounts with Lenovo or one of our other technology retail partners, will make them more likely to take advantage of their discount program.

Use The Right Channels to Promote the Program

The coronavirus pandemic caused a shift in how companies function without a communal office space. With everyone working remotely, you need to find new ways to communicate with your team. Rather than telling them in person, you have to attract their attention to important news and promotions, using an alternative method. It takes more than a memo on a corkboard these days.

For your employees to learn about the extra mile of benefits you offer them, you need to access them on a platform they access frequently for other communications. A company-wide email is a start, but other options include an internal website domain where you already share news and information specifically for your team. Include a page committed to our program so everyone is fully aware of the endless benefits that you’ve opened to them.

If you rely on social media or specific apps for communicating with your team, consider a promotional campaign that will frequently remind them of the handful of benefits accessible through your package.

Plan Ahead

Accessing our discount program involves member registration. You could share the instructions or proper links leading your employees to get started. However, if your team is glued to the computer performing regular work tasks, they may put this on the back-burner and neglect their membership. To avoid this, try pre-registering. That way, when you start promoting the bundle, it’s easier for them to immediately investigate and see the perks you’ve arranged for them.

Strategize promotional communications materials like e-newsletters, social media posts, or news posts on your internal website to keep your company in the loop. Use attention-grabbing images and remind them of enticing discounts that apply to their lifestyles (home office materials, restaurants, local business deals).

Market the Employee Discount Program

Once you’ve established your program, it’s time to push promotional materials on your chosen channels to build excitement around employee memberships. Share the endless list of our partners with discounts available to them, and how they can be accessed. By continuously sharing these details with your workers, you are also reminding them of the perks of working for you. You are displaying the rewards that come with working for your company, thereby boosting employee satisfaction as they work for you.

Our list of partners and their promotional offers are constantly expanding. To reinforce that members have access to a fortune of savings, continue to market the package after launching the program.

Now that people are working remotely due to the pandemic, it’s important to find ways to reach and connect with your team to keep them motivated. Offering an employee discount program that will save them up to thousands of dollars in the services and products they need is the best way to exhibit that your company values its people. As they understand the rewards involved, your employees will be happy to work for you.

To learn more about what everyone involved in your company will gain when implementing a Passport Unlimited employee discount program, scroll through our Corporate Benefits information.

Posted on: 11/11/2020
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From major companies to startups, managing the benefits game is a crucial part of attracting and retaining top talent. On top of conventional benefits like health insurance, companies have gone above and beyond to provide employee support through concepts like:

  • Catered-food
  • Wellness/exercise programs
  • Work-life balance tools
  • On-site child care

However, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies have been forced to shift their operations remotely, possibly for a long time. In addition, statistics are showing that many employees are enjoying their remote workplaces, and would like to see remote work in some capacity even when the pandemic subsides. This puts business owners in a bind in terms of their benefits programs. They still want that added employee satisfaction/perks for talent prospects, but need to reevaluate exactly what benefits they provide. Here’s a look at some unique benefit options well-suited for remote teams.

Posted on: 11/1/2020
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Local merchant discounts: Local businesses like restaurants and retailers have been particularly hit by lockdown restrictions. As a result, we’re seeing a bigger push for people to support their local businesses as those restrictions get lifted. One way you can help facilitate this is by setting up a discount program for your employees. Many of these employees are more likely to shop locally rather than traveling further, so there’s a practical benefit on their end, as well.

Online workout discounts: Wellness has been on people’s minds a lot during this pandemic, and with gyms still being a hot topic in terms of safety, many people are opting for virtual workouts instead. Creating a plan that allows people to save on virtual workouts shows you are thinking about their immediate safety and long-term health. These also make for a great substitute if you had an on-site workout program that had to be cut short due to COVID-19 restrictions. Ideally, you want to create as reasonable a facsimile of your existing benefits plans as possible.

Home loan savings: While this isn’t the type of decision you can make on a whim, the fact that interest rates are at historic lows may mean some people already on the road to buying a home will want to pull the trigger now. Partnering with banks and credit unions to offer savings in these areas shows that you are thinking about their long-term plans. In addition, you can partner with banks and credit unions to provide benefits for other services, like additional perks with a new account or credit card.

Posted on: 11/1/2020
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Every business owner’s creativity is being tested during this time, not just in operations, but employee relations. As a result, business owners need to reconfigure their benefits plans in order to be as appealing as possible for remote workers, possibly for the long-term. The best way to create an appealing, remote-friendly benefits package is with options. Every business has its own workforce with unique preferences and quirks, and the better you can service them, the easier it is to keep them happy and see improved retention and recruitment.

At Passport Unlimited, we are the perfect fit to help make that happen. We work with over 5000 companies, national and local, to create benefit packages that you can provide to your employees. Choose a customized package of benefits and deals that your employees can use, even while working remotely. With our exclusive collections, we are the perfect partner for taking your benefits program to the next level.