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According to the Activy report “The future of wellbeing and employee benefits”, employees rated their employers 3.3 out of 5 for their approach to their health and well-being during the pandemic. However, the medical package is still one of the most desirable forms of benefit available on the market.
Mental balance is picking up
The Activy report indicates that the most important health and wellbeing needs have not changed significantly if we compare the pre-pandemic results with the indications of workers during the pandemic. However, the answer to the question of mental balance, which is gaining in importance during COVID-19, is noteworthy – an increase of 8.5 p.p. was observed here. Mental health is now extremely important in view of the long-term state of social isolation, as is also shown by the needs emerging on the private healthcare market.
If we look at the indications of the most desirable benefits, it is true that a flexible approach to place and time of work comes first. This was indicated by as many as 73.7% of those surveyed. Right behind it is the medical package, whose ownership is appreciated by 73.2% of employees. The Activy survey was conducted on a sample of 1,200 employees using the CAWI method between mid-July and mid-August 2020. The majority of the respondents were representatives of large companies.
Medical care as a valued form of benefit
Private healthcare, especially specialist care, is one of the most desirable non-wage benefits for employees in Poland, which may be related to the not so good opinion of Poles about access to public healthcare. An additional package of medical care is offered by many employers, but not in all cases the employers’ offer matches the expectations of employees. It is worth noting that private medical care is considered by 89% of employees to be the most attractive wage supplement, according to the Confidence Index survey conducted in the second quarter of 2019 by recruitment firm Michael Page. Only less than 8% of those surveyed then admitted that this factor was not relevant to the choice of place of employment.
The coronavirus pandemic may change the situation on the labour market. Undoubtedly, the change of the employee’s market into the employer’s market, especially when it comes to less specialised professions, will stay with us for longer. High-class specialists should, however, retain the standards which have prevailed to date, including maintaining the benefits to which they are entitled.