EXCLUSIVE: Flexible working initiatives remain the most popular lifestyle benefit, offered by 76% of organisations overall, and as a core benefit for all employees at 50%, according to research by Employee Benefits.
The Benefits research 2019 report, which surveyed 290 respondents and was published in May 2019, also found that retail or leisure discounts (62%) and enhanced parental leave (54%) are widely offered; both have risen in importance, being provided by 44% and 33% of organisations respectively in 2018.
Employers are increasingly seeing the value of providing parental leave beyond the statutory minimums, as this has increased from 33% in 2018 to 54% this year. This fits with the increased provision of flexible working initiatives, demonstrating a trend in catering to work-life balance and supporting those with caring commitments.
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Employee support networks are becoming increasingly prevalent, with 32% of organisations providing them this year, compared to 11% in 2018.
The provision of lifestyle benefits has increased across the board, with each of the top 10 results showing considerable improvements in comparison to last year’s research.
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