Nearly two-thirds (61 per cent) of UK workers feel they are not receiving enough perks from their employers according to new research commissioned by facilities and building maintenance specialists, Direct365.
The findings, appear to be inline with a study conducted by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) in 2015, which suggested that one in three people plan to leave their jobs in 2016. More specifically, 17 per cent of the 2,000 people surveyed said they will move on because they feel underappreciated in their current roles.
Emma Gilroy, brand development manager at Direct365, said that employers, need to reassess the way they show their appreciation for their employees. She commented:
“A lot of companies suffer from ostrich syndrome when it comes to employee benefits – they think they are offering perks that their staff genuinely want, but as our survey results show, the reality is very different.
“If employers spent more time focusing on rewarding their staff and showing gratitude, they would not only see increased productivity, reduced absenteeism and improved customer service (happy staff always come across more positively to customers), but more importantly they would drastically reduce the amount of staff looking to move on.
“It sounds so simple, but few businesses actually ask their workers what perks they’d like”
Direct365 decided to heed its own advice and asked the UK workforce what type of staff perks they’d favour. The results are as follows:
- More than one in three (35 per cent) of the 750 respondents voted for flexible working
- More than a quarter (27 per cent) of respondents want a company car
- Fourteen per cent opted for corporate gym memberships
- Six per cent chose childcare vouchers