Mindfulness in the workplace
The workplace is rapidly changing, and it’s important for employers to keep up with the latest trends to help hire and keep high performers.
Traditional benefits such as healthcare and a 401(k) are no longer enough to attract or keep employees.
Fight or flight: The reality facing today’s workforce
Many employees are at a high flight risk, and more workers expect to leave their current job in 2016. In fact, a recent survey from CareerBuilder found that 21 percent of U.S. employees plan to change jobs in the next 12 months, up 5 percent from last year.Among millennials, the numbers are even more alarming, as three in ten employees plan to find a new job by the end of the year.
Additionally, the Staples Advantage Workplace Index found more than half of U.S. employees feel overworked and burnt out. The onus falls on employers to take steps to improve employee happiness and loyalty.
What employees really want
Employees are looking for everything from on-site fitness centers to massages and the opportunity to dress casually.
However, there are a few of these benefits that are more simple asks. For starters, one of the most important benefits organizations can offer is flexibility.
Employees want to have the option to work from home or work flexible hours so they can attend a child’s school event or make a daytime doctor appointment, then sign on from home later in the evening.
Other simple fixes are improved office technology and better office design that encourages collaboration. Luckily, there are already some companies offering these types of benefits.
There are many employers doing a great job at offering office perks that keep employees happy. Several companies, including Netflix and Virgin Group, offer unlimited vacation time.
Google, which is consistently recognized as one of the best places to work, offers everything from free gourmet food to fully paid maternity and paternity leave.
Text100 also has a generous benefits package, offering things like flexible working hours, duvet days, and yoga classes to employees. It’s important for employers to figure out which nontraditional benefits will provide the most value to their workforce and then implement them accordingly.
Not every perk will work for every company, but it’s clear that the workplace of the future will need to include more nontraditional benefits than before in order to retain top talent.