Flexible working hours, company-sponsored retirement plans or pensions, and early finishes on Fridays are the most desired employee benefits

Remote Unveils New Study of Most Popular Employee  Benefits Employees in 2022

Global HR and payroll company Remote surveyed 10,000 full-time employees across the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and the US, revealing the most desirable employee benefits across genders, job roles, industries, and parental status.

  • Flexible working hours are the most important benefit to employees in 2022

  • Private health insurance is the most important employee benefit in the USA

  • Remote work options are most valued by employees in the Netherlands

  • 63% of all employees want contributions from their employer for their home office setup

The rise of remote work has created new opportunities for global talent to work for anyone from anywhere. As a result, companies are facing a greater demand to offer robust, equitable, and compliant benefit packages to attract and retain the best talent around the world.

Remote, the leader in global hiring and payroll, has conducted research to discover which benefits are most valued by employees in 2022. To see the full research, please visit: https://remote.com/future-employee-benefits.

The top three benefits employees want

Whether an employer’s primary aim is to attract top talent or retain it, flexible working hours, company-sponsored retirement plans or pensions, and early finishes on Fridays are the top three perks to consider including in their benefits packages.

Most important employee benefits when considering a job move in 2022

Percentage of employees that agree

Percentage of employees that disagree

Flexible work hours

76.54%

6.25%

Company-sponsored retirement plan or pension

74.93%

6.24%

Early finish on Fridays

63.86%

10.99%

4-day working week

63.36%

10.62%

Family health insurance

62.29%

12.05%

Private health insurance

62.18%

11.67%

Healthcare cost reimbursements

61.12%

12.32%

Paid self-care days or time off for mental health

58.90%

13.21%

Miscarriage leave

58.63%

14.48%

Private dental insurance

57.67%

13.87%

It is crucial for employers who wish to attract diverse global talent to develop customized benefits packages based on what is most valued in each country where they wish to hire.

Employees in the US in particular see paid time off for self-care and mental health as very important, as well as private and family health insurance. This is because in the US, the healthcare industry is mostly privatized and the cost of insurance and medical care can be exorbitant.

Flexible hours & 4-day working week are the most desired employee benefits

Employees who currently have flexible work are less likely to switch to a company without it, and those who do not have flexible work opportunities at their current job are more likely to be attracted to jobs that do offer this benefit.

The survey shows that flexible work hours and a 4-day work week are more important to employees who identify as female than those who identify as male. This reinforces the need for employers to offer more flexible options that actively empower their female workforce and support their diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

To what extent do you agree the following should be provided by your workplace?

Percentage of male employees

Percentage of female employees

Flexible work hours

74.15%

78.79%

4-day working week

59.55%

66.96%

Private health insurance

59.22%

64.98%

Family health insurance

58.00%

66.34%

Remote work from anywhere policy

55.86%

57.61%

Private life insurance

54.79%

57.88%

Paid self-care days or time off for mental health

54.46%

63.09%

Private dental insurance

54.46%

60.70%

Miscarriage leave

53.26%

63.69%

Childcare assistance (employees can pay care expenses for children with pre-tax money)

52.40%

61.38%

The state of remote and flexible working in 2022

The importance of remote and flexible working is undeniable, but which employees value these benefits most?

Employees with and without children both value flexible work hours

Flexible working is the most important benefit to both parents and non-parents, highlighting the importance of allowing all employees the freedom to work in a way that best suits their individual needs.

To what extent do you agree the following should be provided by your workplace?

Percentage of employees who are parents

Percentage of employees with no children

Flexible work hours

77.97%

75.05%

Company-sponsored retirement plan or pension

75.37%

74.47%

Family health insurance

67.56%

56.78%

Early finish on Fridays

65.70%

61.93%

Childcare assistance (employees can pay care expenses for children with pre-tax money)

65.11%

48.56%

4-day working week

65.08%

61.57%

Private health insurance

64.25%

60.01%

Healthcare cost reimbursements

63.31%

58.83%

Miscarriage leave

63.00%

54.06%

Paid self-care days or time off for mental health

61.26%

56.43%

Employees in almost every job function want flexible work hours, with HR and IT employees wanting this the most

Flexible working is seen as the most important benefit for employees in every job function except production and other roles, with 78.74% of HR professionals and 78.07% of IT professionals seeing the benefit as important.

Employee job function

Percentage of employees that agree flexible work hours should be provided in the workplace

HR

78.74%

IT

78.07%

Finance and Accounts

77.55%

Sales

76.88%

Production

73.48%

Marketing

73.30%

Advertising

68.02%

Employees in the Netherlands value remote work the most

Dutch employers are more used to their staff adopting a fully-remote or hybrid working model. Even before the pandemic, the Netherlands maintained a highly flexible working culture. The UK, Germany, and U.S. follow behind the Netherlands. Remote work is seen as less important to employees in France, whether offered partially or all of the time.

Country

Percentage of employees that agree it is important to work for a company allows full-time remote working

Percentage of employees that disagree it is important to work for a company allows full-time remote working

Netherlands

53.35%

17.80%

UK

46.65%

26.85%

USA

45.60%

25.00%

Germany

44.70%

24.15%

France

32.90%

33.95%

The best wellness benefits for employees across Europe and the US

Across all of the 10,000 employees we surveyed, healthy food in the office, meal deliveries, or meal stipends, as well as time off work each month for mental health improvement, were seen as the most important wellness benefits.

Overall most important employee wellness benefits

Percentage of employees that agree

Percentage of employees that disagree

Healthy food in the office, home deliveries, or meal stipends

61.03%

13.82%

Hours off every month specifically for mental health improvement

61.02%

13.15%

Confidential paid therapy or coaching

53.02%

17.22%

Physical therapy / massages

50.97%

20.00%

Gym memberships

50.16%

19.86%

Virtual mindfulness sessions

40.55%

24.72%

Virtual Yoga sessions

33.50%

32.57%

When we look at each country separately, our research shows that in France, the UK, and the USA, access to hours off work each month for mental health improvement is the most important employee wellness benefit for companies to offer.

However, in Germany and the Netherlands, employees see healthy food in the office, home deliveries, or meal stipends as the most important.

According to Nadia Vatalidis, VP of People at Remote, “While the need for mental health and wellness benefits is more apparent than ever, the need has always existed. The pandemic simply brought it to light and helped us start these conversations in the workforce.

Showing your employees that you care about their wellness starts with flexible work and paid leave policies. But more than that, you must consider what tangible resources you can offer to your team, like local therapy or coaching services.” ”.

Most important employee wellness benefits by country

France

Germany

Netherlands

UK

USA

Hours off every month specifically for mental health improvement

65.55%

57.75%

58.15%

61.55%

62.10%

Confidential paid therapy or coaching

53.35%

46.00%

55.55%

55.10%

55.10%

Healthy food in the office, home deliveries, or meal stipends

70.15%

62.95%

66.55%

52.75%

52.75%

Virtual mindfulness sessions

42.55%

30.80%

38.30%

47.25%

43.85%

Gym memberships

57.45%

49.50%

53.75%

44.10%

46.00%

Physical therapy / massages

61.15%

53.15%

50.90%

43.00%

46.65%

Virtual Yoga sessions

42.40%

28.85%

31.50%

32.35%

32.40%

Women are most interested in having time off for mental health in their  employee wellness packages

For male employees, the most important wellness benefit is healthy food in the office, home deliveries or meal stipends, according to our research.

However, female employees are generally most interested in having time off of work specifically to focus on their mental health. Employers with predominantly female workforces or those interested in improving their DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) practices should take special note.

Most important employee wellness benefits by gender

Percentage of male employees that agree

Percentage of female employees that agree

Healthy food in the office, home deliveries, or meal stipends

60.70%

61.34%

Hours off every month specifically for mental health improvement

56.97%

64.84%

Gym memberships

51.49%

48.90%

Physical therapy / massages

50.65%

51.27%

Confidential paid therapy or coaching

50.36%

55.53%

Virtual mindfulness sessions

38.56%

42.43%

Virtual Yoga sessions

31.66%

35.24%

Parents care more about having healthy food included in their wellness packages than employees with no children

While access to healthy food in the office, home deliveries, or meal stipends is the most important aspect of a wellness program for both parents and non-parents alike, it’s particularly desired by employees who have children.

This perk helps ensure that employees and their families are eating well and encourages them to take breaks for lunch and snacks.

Most important employee wellness benefits by parental status

Parent

No Children

Healthy food in the office, home deliveries, or meal stipends

64.92%

56.96%

Hours off every month specifically for mental health improvement

63.47%

58.46%

Confidential paid therapy or coaching

56.45%

49.44%

Physical therapy / massages

53.98%

47.82%

Gym memberships

53.53%

46.64%

Virtual mindfulness sessions

45.88%

34.98%

Virtual Yoga sessions

38.72%

28.04%

Top employee training benefits in 2022

In our survey of 10,000 full-time employees in France, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, and the US, technical courses or training for skills growth in specific work fields emerged as the most important.

Most important employee training benefits

Percentage of employees that agree

Percentage of employees that disagree

Technical courses or trainings for growing skills in my specific work field

74.97%

6.21%

Leadership courses or training to help employees advance their careers

71.42%

7.13%

Software courses or training (Microsoft Office, Google Suite, video conference tools like Zoom or Teams, engineering training, design tools, etc.)

70.28%

7.69%

Remote work communication courses or training

61.28%

11.74%

Remote work specific leadership courses or training

59.75%

12.14%

Diversity and inclusion courses or training

57.84%

13.95%

Women value training more than men do, especially leadership training

Of the 10,000 full time workers we surveyed, every type of training we asked about was found to be more important to employees who identify as female, than to employees who identify as male.The most important training-related benefit for both men and women is the opportunity to take part in technical courses or training for skills growth in their specific field, with 77.59% of females agreeing that it’s important compared to 72.19% of men.

Most important leadership courses or training courses to help employees advance their careers by gender

Percentage of male employees that agree

Percentage of female employees that agree

Technical courses or trainings for growing skills in my specific work field

72.19%

77.59%

Leadership courses or training to help employees advance their careers

68.26%

74.40%

Software courses or training (Microsoft Office, Google Suite, video conference tools like Zoom or Teams, engineering training, design tools, etc.)

67.89%

72.54%

Remote work communication courses or training

60.02%

62.47%

Remote work specific leadership courses or training

59.32%

60.16%

Diversity and inclusion courses or training

52.67%

62.72%

Offering training to help employees grow their skills has  benefits for both employees and their employers, as staff will benefit from greater job satisfaction and opportunities to advance, while employers will see better work output and increased staff retention.

Employees in France value training for skills growth more than those in Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, and the USA

Employees in every country we surveyed agreed that technical courses or training for growing skills in their specific work field is the most important, although French employees view this benefit as more important than those in any other country we surveyed, with 79.15% stating it is important to them.

62% of employees want their employer to at least partially fund their home office set up, with employees in the Netherlands wanting this the most

Across all of the employees we surveyed, 62.73% say that it’s important that monitors, desks, chairs, and other equipment needed for remote work are paid for at least partially by their employer.

Overall importance of employers financing at least part of a work from home office set up

Percentage of employees that agree

Percentage of employees that disagree

Agree

62.73%

12.45%

From a regional perspective, financing for a home office setup is important to almost 70% of employees in the Netherlands compared to just over half of employees in the US.

Country

Percentage of employees that agree

Percentage of employees that disagree

Netherlands

68.00%

10.30%

France

67.15%

10.55%

Germany

64.75%

11.45%

UK

61.20%

12.95%

US

52.55%

17.00%