In today’s dynamic job market, attracting and retaining talented employees goes beyond offering just a competitive salary. In 2023, the landscape of preferred employee benefits is still shifting, but a strong emphasis on work-life balance, well-being, and the integration of advanced technology, has taken the lead.
In this article, we will explore the emerging trends and help highlight the preferred employee benefits that organisations are adopting to remain competitive and attract the best talent to their business.
- Flexible Work Arrangements:
In 2023, flexible work arrangements continue to be one of the most highly sought-after benefits. The events of recent years have accelerated the adoption of remote and hybrid work models, and a huge percentage of employees now prioritise the flexibility to choose their work location, whether it’s from home, a coworking space, or the office. Organisations that provide flexible work options demonstrate an understanding of work-life balance needs and are far more likely to retain their team as well as attract new employees.
- Mental Health and Wellness Programs:
The focus on mental health and overall well-being remains a top priority for employees in 2023. Forward-thinking organisations now offer comprehensive mental health programs, including counselling services and mindfulness training, plus some even provide access to employee assistance programs. Alongside traditional wellness initiatives like gym memberships, some employers are strengthening their offerings to include access to meditation apps and wellness challenges to promote healthier lifestyles. Benefits like these can help demonstrate a commitment to employees’ well-being and their commitment to creating a positive work environment, all strong signals for new employees of a good company culture.
- Financial Wellness Support:
Employees are increasingly concerned about their financial stability and long-term security, with the ongoing cost of living crisis and recession. In response, organisations have now begun to provide their employees with more financial wellness support options. This may include access to financial planning resources, retirement planning assistance, and educational workshops on topics such as budgeting, investing, and managing debt. More recently, some employers have also engaged in offering financially led benefits like employee salary sacrifice on car leasing and technology allowances to help support their employees’ larger life purchases.
- Professional Development and Learning Opportunities:
In 2023, employees value continuous learning and their professional growth more than ever. Companies that have invested in their employees’ development and provided opportunities for upskilling and reskilling have seen stronger appeal to candidates than ever before. This may look like offering access to online learning platforms, workshops, conferences, and mentorship programs, which all demonstrate a commitment to your employees’ career advancement and personal growth.
- Enhanced Parental Leave and Family Support:
Recognising the importance of work-life balance, companies are beginning to expand their parental leave policies and family support benefits from traditional maternity leave. Progressive companies now provide more generous paid time off/leave periods for new parents (both father and mother) and offer flexible return-to-work options. Additionally, access to affordable childcare services, eldercare support, and resources for work-life integration are becoming more highly valued. Touching back on financial support, employers who offer voucher schemes or subsidies for childcare expenses to support their employees’ family needs are also highly desirable.
- Technological Advancements and Connectivity:
In the digital age, employees appreciate employers who embrace technology and provide the tools needed to perform their jobs efficiently. Preferred employee benefits now include access to cutting-edge technology, such as company-provided smartphones, laptops, and tablets. Moreover, organisations that leverage advanced collaboration tools, such as project management software and modern communication platforms, enable employees to work seamlessly, regardless of their location, without the daily frustration of outdated software has become a more appealing option for new candidates.
If you’d like to hear more on attracting the best talent to your business, please contact the Noble Futures team on 0161 820 3510 or email us at [email protected]