As workplace and career expectations evolve, benefits will continue to be an integral part of how public sector employers support their employees. With younger workers prioritizing purpose and overall work-life fulfillment, taking a fresh look at an organization’s benefits strategy is essential to help workplace culture and employee engagement keep pace.
Better benefits are at the top of employees’ lists, behind only salary and work environment, of what they need to navigate their work-life worlds and succeed at work. A benefits strategy that looks beyond the traditional enables employers to better meet individualized needs while driving employee satisfaction and retention.
Flexible benefits that can be tailored to match employee needs can also be a differentiator when competing to attract employees, especially younger generations. Having access to a wider array of non-traditional, non-medical benefits has broad appeal, with more than half (52 percent) of government employees saying they would be interested even if they have to cover some of the costs themselves. Employee interest is increasing, up from 47 percent in 2018.