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When it comes to the things that create a happy workplace and engaged workers, employers and employees need to be on the same page. But as a recent study by recruitment firm Robert Half discovered, there is a significant mismatch between what employees want and what employers think they would like. Asked which of the following perks, which excluded additional pay and compensation, topped their wish lists for their jobs this year, employees responded with:

  • More holiday/annual leave 38%
  • More flexible working hours 28%
  • More training or professional development opportunities 16%
  • Home office/telecommuting 12%
  • Other corporate perks, such as ironing services or a subsidised gym 3%
  • When employers were asked which of the same perks they believed would top their employees’ wish lists when it came to their jobs in 2016, they responded:
  • More flexible working hours 56%
  • More holiday/annual leave 23%
  • Home office/telecommuting 9%
  • More training or professional development opportunities 8%
  • Other corporate perks, such as ironing services or a subsidised gym 5%

High levels of employment have sharpened the focus on talent recruitment and retention sharpens, and some organisations may be undervaluing the perks that their staff actually value the most, such as additional paid time off.

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