The most sought after employee perks
May 4, 2018
Employee benefits has become one of the most important factors a candidate takes into consideration when looking for a new role or debating whether to accept a job offer. In fact, statistics from Employee Benefits show that when asked about employee perks, a whopping 72% of respondents said that they don’t currently receive any, despite 71% of people believing all businesses should offer them.
With the competitiveness of today’s job market, you need to remember that although it’s all very well expecting candidates to sell themselves to you with the perfect cover letter and CV, it’s also important that you sell your company to them. This is backed-up by the fact that, according to Employee Benefits, 62% of people consider workplace benefits to be a key factor in their job search.
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Additionally, despite it once being the norm for someone to stay with the same company most of their working life, people now have more different jobs in their lifetime than ever before. As statistics show, a typical worker today will change roles between 10 and 15 times (with 12 being the average amount).
However, despite the fact that 85% of people have said they’d rather receive a pay rise than any other additional workplace perk (if offered), a pay increase isn’t the only reason people chose to change jobs or move to a new company entirely. As Small Business explains, people who rate their work happiness levels at 2 out of 10 would consider changing jobs for better benefits.
This indicates that employee perks aren’t just vital for retaining your existing members of staff; they’re also a key part of attracting new ones to your company! So, what are the world’s biggest organisations doing to ensure their roles stand out above the rest?
At Facebook, free food, gym memberships, and travel reimbursement are all provided, as well as ‘baby cash’ to help with the cost of newborns. At Quibit, employee benefits range from health insurance, to weekly yoga, meditation, and Pilates classes. However, the lucky workers at TransferWise are treated to all-expenses-paid company holidays each year, while in the Buzzfeed UK offices, staff can expect to see performances from some of Britain’s best musical acts every Thursday.
Shelley Breen Head of People & Culture at Omni Wealth, says: “In a recent internal survey, we found that employee are in fact not that interested in financial reward so much as they are interested in work/life balance and study support. We therefore offer study assistance to all of our permanent employees, as well as flexible work arrangements and a modern primary carer leave policy for those considering starting a family.”
Kaylyn Jeffrey, HR Manager at Service.com.au, adds: “People value experience most in the workplace. If you want to create a healthy company culture where people want to be productive and engaged, you must create a good experience for them. This ranges from respectful and genuinely kind treatment, to brand-based office design. Employees want to work in a good environment where they actually want to be for 8 hours of the day.”
Although some of these perks are a tad trickier for smaller businesses to provide, most people will be satisfied to receive more ‘basic’ employee benefits, such as flexible working hours, and more time off. Here are 5 of the most sought-after employee perks and benefits UK businesses can offer…
Offering flexible working hours and the ability to work from home occasionally is great for parents, as well as anyone that needs to attend important doctors or dentist appointments during working hours. According to Employee Benefits, flexible working is the top employee benefit that’s sought-after, with 47% of respondents saying that they’d like to receive it.
Virginia Brown, Account Manager at The Atticisim, says: A forecast of employment trends by the World Economic Forum called flexible work, including virtual teams, “one of the biggest drivers of transformation” in the workplace. A Gallup poll also found that 37% of respondents have enjoyed worked virtually.”
Seasonal cash bonuses
With the majority of people saying that they’d rather receive a pay rise over any other employee perk, it should come as no surprise that seasonal bonuses were cited as being the most desirable by 37% of employees. The most obvious option for bonuses is cash, although extra time off and other prizes can also be offered in conjunction with this.
Early finish on Fridays
According to research from Paymentsense, 35% of 2,000 office workers would like to have the benefit of finishing work earlier on a Friday. Although this may seem as though it could cost your business by decreasing the output of work, it has been proven that shorter working days do increase productivity, as employees will work smarter to ensure their tasks are completed more efficiently.
Free gym memberships
With gym memberships and access to free fitness facilities being cited as a top employee perk by both Employee Benefits and Paymentsense, this is something you should provide if you have the means to do so. As well as improving the well-being of your workers (as exercise releases endorphins), free gym memberships can also strengthen staff relationships by encouraging them to attend sessions together.
Snacks and drinks
18% of workers have said that they’d like to receive free snacks and drinks when working in the office. However, this doesn’t just benefit your staff by making them happier; Morgan Lovell advises providing a fresh fruit bowl and, if possible, healthy lunches to encourage them to increase their vitamin intake. This helps to ward off colds and flu, which minimises the amount of sick days being taken.
Nothing like originality to make you stand out from the crowd and the same can be said for employee perks. It can sometimes just be the gesture of offering somebody access to something they wouldn’t normally have. Claire Walker, Marketing Manager at Webvine explains how the owners of the business give employees 7 days a year to use their holiday beach house… A great example of quality and originality.
Now that you know what the top employee benefits are, it’s time to start implementing some of them to ensure a productive, healthy, and most importantly, happy workforce!