Brits of all ages demand flexible working

According to a new study of 2,000 workers, flexible working hours is one of the most important benefits to British employees. The survey was commissioned by Get Living and conducted through OnePoll.com.

In addition to flexible working, other top perks include bigger pension contributions, unlimited holiday days, private medical care, and extra holidays for long service.

What do different generations want?

Breaking the findings down by age group, the survey found some differences.

Top ten benefits

18-24

  1. Unlimited holiday days
  2. Flexible working hours
  3. Dental care
  4. Free breakfast supplies
  5. One free holiday a year
  6. Access to mental healthcare
  7. Private healthcare
  8. Retailer and restaurant discounts
  9. Free coffee and tea
  10. Help with housing

25-34

  1. Flexible working hours
  2. Enhanced pension contribution
  3. Unlimited holiday days
  4. Free coffee and tea
  5. One free holiday a year
  6. Additional holiday days for long service
  7. Private healthcare
  8. Dental care
  9. Free eye tests
  10. Free breakfast supplies

35-44

  1. Flexible working hours
  2. Enhanced pension contribution
  3. Additional holiday days for long service
  4. Private healthcare
  5. Unlimited holiday days
  6. Free coffee and tea
  7. Dental care
  8. One free holiday a year
  9. Free eye tests
  10. Access to mental healthcare

45-54

  1. Flexible working hours
  2. Additional holiday days for long service
  3. Private healthcare
  4. Enhanced pension contribution
  5. Free coffee and tea
  6. Free eye tests
  7. Dental care
  8. One free holiday a year
  9. Unlimited holiday days
  10. Clothing allowance

55+

  1. Flexible working hours
  2. Enhanced pension contribution
  3. Private healthcare
  4. Additional holiday days for long service
  5. Free coffee and tea
  6. Dental care
  7. Free eye tests
  8. Unlimited holiday days
  9. One free holiday a year
  10. Retailer and restaurant discounts

Crucially, flexible working was a top-two request for all age groups and the top request for employees age 25 and over. So, it’s clear that the majority of staff are looking for benefits that will help to improve their work-life balance.

In addition, the survey also found that:

  • Fewer than one in five employees are totally satisfied with the benefits package provided by their employer
  • Half of employees would leave their current employment if they thought they could get a position elsewhere with more perks
  • Just 22% of staff would prefer extra pay over comprehensive benefits
  • More than six in 10 workers believe that their employer has a responsibility to look after their personal well-being.

More flexible lifestyles

Commenting on the findings, Steven Osei, spokesman for the preferential partnerships programme at Get Living said:

“It’s no surprise that employees’ attitudes to workplace benefits have changed over the last five decades since the world we live in is almost unrecognisable now.

“Employees are moving jobs more often, increasingly working from home and expecting to be compensated for their dedication.

“To keep up with the competition, employers need to reflect workers more flexible lifestyles.”

How the cloud can help

This increased demand for flexible working has happened alongside the evolution of cloud and mobile technology. Today, it’s easier than ever for people to work from home, with increasing home broadband speeds, mobile devices, cloud-based hosted desktops, apps and video conferencing making the transition painless for everyone involved.

However, flexible and remote working doesn’t just happen. Planning is required to make sure that standards don’t drop, and that includes investing in the right IT infrastructure.

The good news is that this doesn’t have to be expensive, especially with cloud-based subscription models.

If you’re thinking about investing in the cloud to help your business to attract and retain the best staff, speak to a member of our team on 01942 261 671 to find out more.

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