5 Sought-After Benefits to Help You Attract Top-Tier Talent
Wanting to attract talent with eye-catching benefits but not sure which are the most appealing? Here are five benefits guaranteed to make your business stand out.
Looking to attract top-tier talent? It’s time to talk benefits.
In a world where organisations are fighting to recruit the best in the business, offering a unique set of benefits can be the thing that sets your company apart from the rest.
In fact, 78% of employees agree that benefits have a major influence on their decision to take a role, while 80% of employees would choose additional benefits over a pay rise.
Not sure which benefits work best when it comes to convincing candidates to work for your company? Here’s a handy guide.
1. Flexible hours
The 9-5 isn’t quite dead, but it’s certainly less popular than it previously was. Many workplaces now favour a more flexible approach, giving employees the option to work from 8-4 or 10-6, for example.
Offering flexible hours can improve employee wellbeing and actually help your workforce become more productive. Some people prefer to be at their desks at 8am sharp, while other staff members may not perform at their best until later in the day.
2. Remote working options
Remote working became much more widespread during the COVID-19 pandemic, but this particular shift in working styles looks set to stay.
50% of engineers, for example, favour a hybrid working style, in which they can choose their own working pattern and location.
Remote working doesn’t just benefit your employees either - it can actually play an important role in improving productivity, according to various studies.
Plus, by offering employees the chance to work remotely for at least some of the working week, you can gain an edge over your competitors, especially since this benefit is currently only implemented by 22% of the UK workforce.
3. Team social events
For many people, work provides an important social element to their lives that they don’t get elsewhere. Hosting social events outside of work hours helps people develop closer connections with their coworkers and creates a more positive workplace culture.
Many candidates are attracted to the promise of a workplace that hosts fun, educational, or wellbeing-based events, so consider levelling up your company’s social calendar to appeal to talent.
4. Training and development
As well as wanting to work for your company, each candidate has their own set of personal goals for their future career, whether they want to develop their leadership skills or become an expert in their area of knowledge.
By promising training and development opportunities, you can better appeal to the more ambitious candidates on the market.
Your organisation will benefit, too. By providing your employees with adequate training and means to develop in their roles, you’ll enjoy a more knowledgeable, experienced workforce.
5. Flexible annual leave options
Big-name organisations have made the news in recent years for offering initiatives such as mental health days, a day off on birthdays, volunteering leave, and unlimited holiday allowance.
You can differentiate your company from competitors by offering an attractive and flexible annual leave package. Unlimited annual leave is growing in popularity, but be sure to set out remits and clear processes if you decide this perk is for your organisation.
Whichever benefits you decide to implement, boast about them loud and clear on your social media channels and in your job descriptions. That way, you’re more likely to catch the eye of talented candidates in your sector.
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