Flexible work hours are most valuable perk for 40% of employees

March 5, 2018

Employees prioritize setting their own schedule above every other workplace perk, based on findings of a survey by Clutch released on February 22.

The B2B researchers said that more than 40% of full-time U.S. employees believe that flexible hours are the most important perk they receive, and over half (54%) say it’s the perk that matters most to their job satisfaction.

Professional development was the second most-appreciated perk (chosen by 22% of workers). Those two benefits were followed by fitness/health perks (favored by 19% of employees); food/snacks (also, 19%), and working from home (14%).

Women tend to value flexible scheduling more. Indeed, according to Mary Pharris, director of Business Development and Partnerships for Fairygodboss, a reviews website for women in the workforce, “Having flexibility is key for working moms who want to be there for drop off or pick up, go to the parent/teacher conference, or take their child to the doctor.”

The Clutch survey indicates that employee perks contribute to a stronger work-life balance. Over half (53%) of the respondents said their employer-sponsored perks give them a better quality of life, while 49% said that such benefits make them “feel valued.”

Experts recommend that companies be creative with what they offer and tailor perks to suit their organization’s values.

Clutch’s 2018 Company Culture and Employee Perks Survey included 507 individuals nationwide who are employed full-time.

Research contact: elizabeth@clutch.com

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