Cost-of-living increases add to workplace stress

May 13, 2022

Cost-of-living increases are taking a toll on the workplace, according to a recent survey.

Almost three-quarters (72 per cent) of HR leaders and 61 per cent of employees say that the stress resulting from cost-of-living increases is negatively impacting employees’ work.

But while increasing pay may be an effective way to keep workers onboard, there are other ways to help employees, finds a survey by Reward Gateway.

Half of employees would like to see increased investment in employee reward and recognition (50 per cent), and mental, physical and financial wellbeing resources (49 per cent).

Without either of these, 40 per cent would quit their job, finds the survey of nearly 3,800 employees and HR decision-makers across the U.K., U.S. and Australia.

“There are elements of the employee experience — outside of pay — that can support employees’ willingness to stay with a company,” says Robert Hicks, group HR director at Reward Gateway.

“Whether it’s reward and recognition or financial, mental or physical wellbeing resources, HR leaders need all these tools in their toolkit to best support their people right now, and help them retain their talent.”