62% of employees believe it is important for companies to offer flexible work
Less than half of US businesses offer non-traditional benefits, including flexibility in work hours and location, despite an increasing number of American workers seeking such benefits, according to a recent survey by The Harris Poll commissioned by Express Employment Professionals. The survey found that only 47% of hiring managers offer flexible work hours, while 40% offer flexible work locations, part-time work, or unpaid parental leave. Furthermore, there is a gap between the benefits companies offer and what employees want. The survey revealed that 62% of employees believe it is important for companies to offer flexible work, while only 51% of hiring decision-makers report offering this benefit.
In addition, the survey found that 54% of hiring managers anticipate traditional benefits to remain unchanged in 2023, while only 37% expect an increase in traditional benefits. The report also notes that 64% of hiring managers have modified benefits to retain current employees or attract new ones. Moreover, the survey found that 63% of employed Americans would quit their job and find a job closer to where they live due to commuting costs.
Bill Stoller, Express Employment International CEO commented: “Finding qualified employees continues to be a challenge, and from these statistics, it’s clear job seekers value flexibility in their careers. Benefits play an important part in a healthy and dedicated company culture, and even small offerings can go a long way toward recruiting and retention in this competitive environment.”
The survey was conducted between December 1st and December 15th, 2022, among 1,002 adult US hiring decision-makers who are employed full-time or self-employed.