Employers are in for a bumpy ride
As the economy has improved, unemployment levels have fallen. A by-product of this improvement is the growing number of jobs. As more Millennials and their successors, Generation Z, enter the workforce, the numbers in Aflac’s report reflect that employers can expect a certain amount of turnover. Almost half of all employees (47 percent) were likely to look for a new job in the next 12 months and 31 percent were extremely or very likely.
More fascinating facts for employers to consider
Almost two-thirds, (60 percent) of employees polled were likely to take a job with lower pay but better benefits. Over 2 in 5 employees (42 percent) said improving their benefits package was one thing their employers could do to keep them in their jobs; also, a better benefits package was mentioned by a higher proportion than those that mentioned a promotion. Finally, and this is the most startling of their stats: “16 percent have left a job or turned down a job in the last 12 months due to the benefits offered”.
A high correlation between benefits and job satisfaction
Although there appears to be a disconnect between benefits employers are offering and the benefits employees want and need. Compared to those who aren’t satisfied, employees who are satisfied with their benefits are much more likely to be satisfied with their jobs (96 percent vs. 68 percent) and less likely to be looking for a job in the next 12 months (46 percent vs. 57 percent).
Benefits and the future
Expect to see a return to what used to be called “cafeteria style” benefits, where employees were given an annual lump sum and allowed to used that to allocate the money to the benefits they wanted. Wise employers will look at these numbers and take action to better match their offerings to what their employees want and need; this action will reap bottom-line rewards.
Shared with permission from “The Herman Trend Alert,” by Joyce Gioia, May 25, 2016, Strategic Business Futurist. Source. http://www.hermangroup.com