Flexibility Tops Most Desired Work Benefits

This article was originally published on ComeRecommended.com.

Companies are trying their best to stand out from other employers to secure top talent. In order to attract job seekers, many of these companies have started offering unique and non-traditional employee benefits. According to a new poll by Monster.com, work schedule flexibility is the non-financial benefit most desirable to job seekers by a wide margin.

The next most popular benefit is personal time off/vacation carry over. Less attractive options include: childcare availability, education reimbursement, and employee parties/social activities.

Monster asked the following question to its U.S. visitors: “Which soft benefit (non-financial) is most important to you when looking for a new job?” The poll, which received more than 2,000 responses, resulted in the following findings:

  • 69 percent of respondents selected: flexible work schedule/work life balance.
  • 17 percent of respondents selected: personal time off/vacation carry over.
  • 8 percent of respondents selected: education reimbursement.
  • 4 percent of respondents selected: childcare availability.
  • 2 percent of respondents selected: employee parties/social activities.

“Even the most dedicated employees value a healthy work/life balance,” said Mary Ellen Slayter, a career expert from Monster. “These findings show that flexibility and free time are more important than some of the other, often novel benefits.”

As a hiring manager, it’s a good idea to learn about the flexibility options in your company in order to snag top talent. In fact, 73 percent of workers said it’s important that a company offers flexible schedules when they are deciding whether to take a position. Some flexibility options include:

  • Establishing a flextime policy where workers alter their work days or times.
  • Giving workers some control over their work schedules.
  • Allowing personal days to address family matters or sick children.
  • Enabling workers to work some hours from home.
  • Allowing for flexible breaks during the work day.

Flexibility does not work the same for every job and industry. Evaluate how you can make your workplace more flexible. Whether this means allowing employees to alter their schedules, work from home every so often, or something else.

“Every employee situation is different, but it appears most will appreciate this approach to their benefits package,” Slayter said.

Do you have flexibility in your workplace? What kind of perks do you value most?

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