Cost of living and how HR can help

Cost of living and how HR can help

Cost of living and how HR can help

Diane Coloretti

Diane Coloretti


26 April 2023

How HR can help with cost of living 

The role of HR departments extends beyond traditional Human Management, strategically they have a positive impact on employees overall wellbeing. The cost of living is a significant financial burden for many employees, especially those living in areas with high housing demand and low supply, utility increases, transportation, and healthcare costs. As such, it is important for Human Resource departments to implement strategies that can help alleviate this burden and improve employees’ financial well-being.

Salary Increases

One of the most direct ways that HR can help employees with the cost of living is by providing salary reviews that align with the cost of living index. This can help ensure that employees are able to keep up with the rising costs of goods and services. It is important for HR to regularly review and adjust salaries to ensure that they are competitive and fair.

Flexible Work Arrangements

By offering flexible work arrangements including remote work options, flexible hours, or compressed work weeks. These arrangements can help employees save money and time on commuting costs, reduce child care expenses, and other expenses. In addition, they can help employees achieve a better work-life balance, which can lead to improved mental and physical health reducing medical expenses.

Employee Benefits Packages

Human Resource departments can implement benefits programs, for example, options for affordable medical care, discount vouchers for day to day supermarkets and high value items, memberships to remuneration programs while these cost the Company nothing they do benefit the employees immensely. Providing lunches or snacks are another day to day benefit to employees. These benefits can also help attract and retain top talent, as employees are often looking for companies that provide comprehensive benefits packages.

Employee Assistance Programs

Assistance programs that offer financial counselling and assistance to employees who are struggling with the cost of living are not just investing in the present but investing in their employees for the future. These programs can help employees manage their finances, reduce their debt, and develop strategies for saving money. By providing these resources, HR can help employees improve their financial literacy and make informed decisions about their money.

Education and Training Opportunities

Providing employee additional education for skill development and career advancements can improve an employees potential to increase earnings and ultimately alleviating financial strain. Online learning platforms with gamification and knowledge grow are engaging and compliant.


The cost of living can be a significant financial burden for many employees, affecting and physical health. Human Resource departments have an important role to play in helping to alleviate this burden. By implementing strategies such as salary increases, flexible work arrangements, employee benefits, employee assistance programs, and cost of living adjustments, HR can help improve employees’ financial well-being and attract and retain top talent. It is important for HR departments to regularly review and update their policies and programs to ensure that they are meeting the needs of employees in an ever-changing economic environment.

What can using ConnX do

Managing the employee lifecycle with convenience through Talent Management it is able to Engage with Benefit programs and feedback forms for wellbeing surveys, provide gap analysis for personal career development plans and goal setting. 

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