Employees today have changing expectations of the relationship between life and work. In the past, these spheres were kept separate from one another. Today, workers see work and life on a continuum where one constantly enriches the other in a reinforcing loop. Our research shows that when a workplace implements benefits that foster this fusion of work and life, more than three-fourths of employees feel more productive and engaged on the job.
How can a workplace unlock this cycle of enrichment? By providing benefits that encourage stability, flexibility, and personal growth.
Employers can offer employees the stability they need to thrive through benefits that help cope with major life events. Eighty-seven percent of employees feel that workplace benefits like life insurance and long term disability insurance provide a pathway to mental wellbeing, removing anxieties that stand in the way of the cycle of work-life enrichment. In fact, a growing reason employees take a job is due to benefits that create stability outside of work, such as retirement, dental and auto insurance.
This sense of stability is so important that sixty percent of employees are seeking an even wider array of non-medical benefits from their employer at their own expense.
Beyond stability, flexibility is one of the most sought after benefits, particularly when it comes to remote work. When employees are free to tend to their needs outside of work through benefits such as remote working,