Engaging Today’s Workforce: Return-to-Office Plans

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Include Employee Benefits in Return-to-Office Plans

By Dan Iskra, MBA

AVP, Group Disability & Absence Product Development & Management

As employers ramp up “return to normal” plans across the country, they are exploring options such as full-time in-office or “hybrid” workplace environments. While some employees may welcome these changes, many workers in younger generations may be concerned about diminished flexibility compared to working from home, leading to stress and anxiety.

MetLife’s 2021 U.S. Employee Benefit Trends Study1 found younger generations, including Gen Z and young Millennial workers, say their work-life balance is better now than before the pandemic. Yet, the research also shows that in the last 12 months, 42% of Millennials have needed to seek help for stress, burnout, or other mental health issues due to the pandemic, significantly higher than employees overall (26%). Employee benefits can often be utilized to help meet the needs of the workforce, but the first hurdle is making sure workers get the information they need to utilize them effectively.

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