Paid And Unpaid Time Off Programs Most Popular For Work Flexibility

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Geography: United States

Research Source: WorkplaceTrends.com & CareerArc

—Date: February 2015

—Findings:

  • 91% of HR professionals offer paid and unpaid time off programs, such as maternity leave and sabbaticals, to their employees and 66% of employees say that their employer offers paid and unpaid time off programs.
  • 55% of HR professionals offer community involvement programs to their employees and 28% of employees say that their employer offers community involvement programs.
  • 53% of HR professionals offer health and wellness and culture change initiatives to their employees and 28% of employees say that their employer offers health and wellness and culture change initiatives and 24% say cultural change initiatives.

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Recommendations:

The most common type of flexibility that companies offer is paid and unpaid time off. Most companies aren’t offering programs the center around caring for dependents and outplacement services. Companies that offer a wide variety of flexibility programs are more easily recruit and retain their employees. Survey your employee base to see what benefits are the most important to them, rank them and then select the top three to focus on first. Then, once those programs are in place, expand to other programs so that you can differentiate your employer brand in the marketplace. Just having a paid and unpaid time off benefit isn’t enough since employees and candidates expect you to have them.