Work benefits can certainly take the edge off a stressful work environment. However, what may be seen as highly beneficial to some employees won’t satisfy others. So now a new survey from Aviva, the insurance company, reveals the perks employers prioritise the most.
In the survey of 2,011 UK employees and 502 employers, it was found that the benefit workers valued the most was between 22 and 35 days of annual leave at 44%. A pension scheme was also highly desirable at 41%, followed by flexible work hours at 39%.
Comparatively, when bosses were asked what they thought their staff would be most interested in they chose flexible working hours at 46%, followed by 22 to 35 days of annual leave at 44% and a pension scheme at 38%. So while leaders were on the right track, their understanding of worker priorities didn’t tally up entirely.
Moving into less mainstream benefits, furry friends were also a concern for employees. It was found that 11% of UK workers would like additional time off to care for a new pet, a trend known as pawternity leave. However, in terms of going a step further and allowing dogs in the office, 43% said this was the benefit of least interest to them, making it the most unpopular choice. This time around, employers were on a similar wavelength with 47% of bosses believing that having pups in the office was what employees were least interested in.
Although 87% of employees revealed benefits increased their workplace happiness, 85% said they’d prefer better pay over an improved benefits package. But just 62% of employers said they’d rather provide a salary increase.
While many workplaces offer benefits to keep employees happy, employers must gain insight into what exactly it is their workers prioritise to get the most out of them and the business.