The most important workplace benefits for Brits have been revealed, with work from home, flexible working and dental discounts among some of the most desired perks.
Workplace solutions provider, Officeology, has analysed the benefits mentioned in the positive reviews of current and former employees of Glassdoor’s top 10 companies to work for in the UK, to reveal which work perks are the most important to employees.
The Most Important Office Benefits
RankWork BenefitBenefit Area1Sick PayHealth2Work From HomeFamily and Work/Life Balance3Life InsuranceHealth4Critical Illness InsuranceHealth5Health InsuranceHealth6Flexible WorkingFamily and Work/Life Balance7Pension PlanFinancial8Childcare VouchersFamily 9Maternity and Paternity LeaveFamily and Work/Life Balance10Annual LeaveFamily and Work/Life Balance11Bike to Work schemeHealth12Diversity ProgrammeDevelopment13Professional DevelopmentDevelopment14Dental DiscountHealth15Performance BonusFinancial16Employee DiscountFinancial17Job TrainingDevelopment18Gym MembershipHealth19Free Lunch and SnacksFinancial20Health Cash PlanHealth
The majority of the office benefits employees mentioned the most as positives focused around health, with 8 out of the top 20 perks relating to this area, indicating that health benefits are an important aspect for Brits when considering working for a company.
Family related and work/life balance are the second most important types of benefits, with work from home, flexible working, maternity leave and childcare vouchers being the top family-related benefits that Brits find attractive.
Surprisingly, financial benefits, such as performance bonuses and employee discounts, were regarded less important in comparison, implying Brits are not as motivated by money.
Workplace solutions expert and CEO of Officeology, Adam Butler, discusses the reason why Brits find health and family benefits more attractive and explains the importance of companies implementing these benefits:
“The Covid-19 pandemic has most certainly impacted this, making people more aware of how important it is to spend time with loved ones and look after our health.
Companies can easily provide healthcare benefits, whether it be by partnering with health insurance businesses or offering free gym memberships to their employees.
Putting on free yoga sessions in the office is also another great way to encourage healthier lifestyles, whilst helping to promote a people-first culture.
The pandemic has also highlighted the benefits of remote and flexible working.
Pre-covid, it was rare to see job adverts that offered remote, hybrid or flexible working. However, it has become far more prominent, and I believe this is because it’s been proven to be effective.
It benefits the companies, as they are able to hire people from further afield, giving them more scope to find the right talent for their team.
Furthermore, it benefits the employee, enabling them to spend more time with their family, reducing the amount of time spent commuting, making school runs manageable and, ultimately, saving them money on child care.
Not only does this create an ideal work/life balance, but it will help increase productivity and wellbeing within your staff, which could potentially reduce the amount sick leave people take and encourage people to stay at a company for longer.
It’s important for companies to recognise and implement the benefits workers find most attractive. By doing so, it will encourage a higher rate of staff retention, increase productivity and, overall, improve performance of both the employees and the company.”