The Perks Employees Want Aren’t Necessarily The Ones They’ll Get

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  • The perks employees are most interested in include flexible work schedules, a compressed workweek and the ability to telecommute
  • While a majority of companies do offer flexible work schedules, few offer the other two
  • Most employees also want biannual bonuses, something few offices offer, although the benefit they most want is health insurance, which most are getting 

These days, lots of employers offer their employees perks, incentives and benefits to attract top talent and keep them happy. A new poll finds that what employees want and what employers offer aren’t necessarily the same.

Perks employees are most interested in include flexible work schedules (88%), a compressed work week (66%), and the ability to telecommute (55%). Unfortunately, most aren't getting them.  While flexible work schedules is a perk offered by a lot of places (62%), few businesses give employees a compressed work week (17%) or the ability to telecommute (14%). In fact, employers are more likely to offer social events to their employees (44%), when only 21% really want them.

There’s also another big disconnect when it comes to office incentives. The most desired office incentive for workers is an annual or biannual bonus (77%), when only 44% of offices actually offer them. Meanwhile, 49% of employees would like a profit sharing plan, while only 33% of businesses offer them.

One area where there’s less of a disconnect is benefits. Health insurance is the one benefit most employees want (69%), while 88% of offices offer that to their workers, and 67% want paid time off, something 80% of offices provide.

Source: Robert Half

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