The Best Perk? Forget the Ping Pong Table, Employees Want Flexibility

Employee benefits and perks have reached a new level thanks to workplaces like Google, Facebook, and other software giants. In a world where some employees are treated to gym memberships, massage therapy, and chef-prepared lunches, what do employees really value from their employers? If recent research from Fractl is to be believed, workplace flexibility is a top priority for today’s employees.

The most desired employee benefits

Unsurprisingly, employees value medical, dental, and vision benefits the most when it comes comparing employee benefit packages and choosing their place of work. 88% of employees surveyed by Fractl said that they gave health benefits some consideration, and 54% give it “heavy consideration.” Outside of that top response, employees express a strong desire for a flexible workplace:

The next most-valued benefits were ones that offer flexibility and improve work-life balance. A majority of respondents reported that flexible hours, more vacation time, more work-from-home options, and unlimited vacation time could help give a lower-paying job an edge over a high-paying job with fewer benefits.

In fact, 88% of employees said they would give “some consideration” to flexible work hours in choosing where they work—the same rate as health benefits—but less said they would give it “heavy consideration.” And as much as flexible work hours might seem like a fad catering to millennials, Fractl points out that another large segment of the workforce really appreciates it: parents. The ability to work while also managing the unpredictability of raising a family means a lot in today’s workforce.

How modern learning enables flexibility

These statistics are telling, but how can companies adapt to offer more of these sought-after benefits for employees? Better team learning and enablement content is a good place to start. 80% of employees look for work-from-home options in their jobs, but that becomes difficult when documents and essential information aren’t easily accessible. Sales teams that are enabled effectively with online documents can work on their prospect pipeline from outside of the office while accessing the information they need to do their work.

According to Gallup, employees who work from home or remotely are more engaged in their roles, but that isn’t without the technology to make it all come together:

Remote employees have a greater understanding of their role and are more often tuned-in to the purpose of their job.

With the right direction, and the right tools to get the job done, employees with flexible schedules and locations can be incredibly efficient. Company leadership needs to adapt to this new reality of the workplace, being transparent about expectations for remote employees and their role within the company. However, when done correctly, the advantages of flexibility don’t just benefit employees. In Fractl’s study, they noted that “flexible hours and work-from-home arrangements often cost the employer nothing, and save money by lowering overhead costs.”

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Progressive companies use Lessonly to offer their employees benefits like the flexibility that they want. Take a self-guided tour of Lessonly’s team learning software and start enabling a more flexible workplace. Sign up today.

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