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Flexible schedules, telecommuting most sought-after nonmonetary perks: Robert Half

October 25, 2018

Professionals want more choices in when and where they work, according to research released today by Robert Half.

Flexible work schedules, a compressed workweek and the ability to telecommute are the most sought-after nonmonetary perquisites, according to the survey of more than 1,500 workers and more than 600 HR managers in North America. However, while many companies offer flexible work schedules, fewer than one in five offer shorter workweeks or remote work options.

There was less of a disconnect when it came to monetary motivators: 44% of employers surveyed said they offer annual or biannual bonuses to employees, while 77% of workers cited bonuses are their most desired incentive when considering job offers. Profit-sharing plans and sign-on bonuses are also highly important to workers, tied at 49% each; however, they are offered by only 33% and 19% of employers, respectively.

The survey also addressed benefits and found most companies already offer the two most wanted employee benefits: health insurance, cited by 88% of workers, and paid time off — including vacation, sick days and paid holidays — cited by 80% of workers.

“In today’s competitive hiring environment, job candidates are looking at more than just salary and bonus — they seek the complete package and place added emphasis on quality of life,” said Paul McDonald, senior executive director for Robert Half. “Companies that don't offer in-demand nonmonetary perks in addition to a competitive salary and benefits are not likely to land or keep top performers.”

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