Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of employees working remotely has increased across the U.S. According to Ladders, only 4% of jobs with North America’s largest employers were remote before the pandemic.
According to the 2020 Owl Labs State of Remote Work Report, only 20% to 25% of employers pay for home office essentials. Whether monthly, annually or a one-time amount, a stipend to establish a functional workspace is a definite perk for remote workers.
Experiential benefits are an especially good fit for remote workers, as they offer in-home options that are convenient for those already working from home and adventures near and far for those seeking to see somewhere new.
Some employers also choose to offer online courses that are not job-related but instead focus on areas of personal interest. For example, Masterclass has a variety of online classes that employers can offer as perks.
To strengthen company culture and job satisfaction, employers look for ways to keep employees engaged from a distance. Fun perks that are not directly work-related, like subscription benefits, are one way to do just that.