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Half of employees not happy with benefits

30 July 2018

WORKPLACES ACROSS the UK are deaf to employee demands and offering outdated benefits packages, according to new insights from Gympass.

The survey of over 2,000 employed adults in the UK revealed that over half (52%) are not satisfied with their current benefits package, only 1 in 10 would describe their workplace perks as very good, and health-related benefits took precedence over monetary rewards.  

This outdated view on corporate benefits is potentially costing companies top talent, with 9 in 10 employees claiming that good work perks would make them more likely to accept a job offer and more likely to say in their current position.

 Less than 1 in 7 businesses currently offer their employees access to free fruit or healthy snacks (14%), or discounted private health care (15%). Only 7% currently subsidise or reimburse gym memberships.

Over two thirds said they would be more effective at work if they had better access to fitness schemes or physical activities, and that they would exercise more if their employer had a subsidised gym membership.

 For the future ‘Gen Z’ workforce in particular (those aged 18-24) health and wellbeing emerged as a key priority, with a fifth saying they would be more likely  to accept a job offer if the employer offered a free gym membership, more than any other age group. 

CEO of Gympass UK Pietro Carmignani said, “Our research shows that the right benefits offering can form a key part of a company’s competitive strategy so it’s time for employers to sit up and take notice of the needs of today’s workforce.”

3.2 million people die every year due to issues stemming from physical inactivity. With most of us spending more time than ever at work, employers have an opportunity and a responsibility to be a key player in their employees’ wellbeing.”