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Employees want practical benefits

More than eight in ten (82%) workers think businesses over-complicate workplace benefits, making them difficult to understand and hard to use or claim, research by global recruitment specialist Michael Page shows.

The survey of 1,000 UK adults reveals that almost two thirds (64%) of people believe businesses are investing in expensive benefits that employees neither want, need nor use, with 70% considering unusual benefits, like free massages, a ‘gimmick’.

The top five benefits employees really want are:

Flexible working hours (71%)

Work-from-home options (55%)

Unlimited paid holiday (46%)

Company car or subsidised/free travel (43%)

Weekly free lunches (41%)

More than half (52%) of respondents say they had no opportunity to negotiate the benefits package on offer to them last time they interviewed for a job. Over a third (37%) did not know what their benefits package included before they took their current job, and two thirds (65%) have been surprised to find out about a particular benefit after working in a role for some time.

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