MENLO PARK, Calif., Dec. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- When thinking about workplace perks, would employees rather hit the gym or take a day off? It depends on whom you ask. Chief financial officers (CFOs) interviewed for a Robert Half survey said health and wellness benefits are what current and potential employees prize most, but workers cited additional vacation days as their most coveted perk.
Despite the discrepancy, the research suggests companies are increasingly willing to negotiate nonmonetary perks versus a year ago. Forty percent of CFOs said they are more open to discussing these benefits, compared to just 6 percent who are less open. This shift is not lost on workers: 43 percent think perks are on the discussion table more often at their company, while just 5 percent think the opposite.
The research also found that when it comes to being more willing to offer these extra incentives, businesses in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Boston lead the pack.
View an infographic for the complete survey findings.
"Nonmonetary perks can serve as a differentiator when trying to attract top talent in today's competitive hiring environment, especially for smaller companies," said Paul McDonald, senior executive director for Robert Half. "It's important for businesses to ask employees what perks they value most and clearly promote the firm's offerings. Many companies undersell these benefits."
About the Research
The research was developed by Robert Half and conducted by independent research firms. The CFO survey is based on telephone interviews with more than 2,200 CFOs from a stratified random sample of companies in more than 20 of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas. The survey of workers includes responses from more than 1,000 U.S. workers age 18 or over and employed in office environments.
About Robert Half
Founded in 1948, Robert Half is the world's first and largest specialized staffing firm. The company has more than 340 staffing locations worldwide and offers online job search services on its divisional websites, all of which can be accessed at roberthalf.com. For career and hiring advice, visit the Robert Half blog at roberthalf.com/blog.
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