Flexible work hours are the perk that can most influence employee satisfaction, according to a new survey by Clutch. More than 40% of full-time US employees surveyed said 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 is the second leading perk, with 22% of workers surveyed saying that it’s most important. The findings suggest that employers should invest in company culture and perks such as flexible working hours and professional development.
“Women tend to value flexible scheduling more, which is not surprising,” says Mary Pharris, director of business development and partnerships for Fairygodboss, a reviews website for women in the workforce.
“Having flexibility is key for working mums who want to be there for drop-off or pick-up, go to the parent/teacher conference, or take their child to the doctor,” said Pharris. Working mums want to adjust their hours as needed without being penalised or stigmatised.
The survey indicates that employee perks contribute to a stronger work-life balance. Over half of the respondents said their employer-sponsored perks give them a better quality of life.
Perks also suggest to employees that their employers value them as individuals. Just under half (49%) say that their perks make them feel valued.