Posted by Abby Welch on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 00:00 | Follow me
Do you know what your employees want at work? According to an Accountemps study, managers and workers don't exactly see eye to eye on what employees value most.
In the survey, when asked which workplace perk they think their employees are most interested in receiving this year, 41 percent of chief financial officers (CFOs) said better benefits, and 19 percent said more vacation days. However, in a separate survey, employees placed more vacation days at the top of their wish list (30 percent), just above better benefits (26 percent).
The study underscores the importance of understanding what your staff wants. Don't just assume you know: Ask your employees which workplace perks are most meaningful to them, and try to offer the incentives that rank highest on their wish list. If you don't, your efforts to motivate or retain your workers could fall flat.
If your employees are hoping for additional vacation time, offering it shows them that you value their efforts to achieve greater work-life balance. The time away allows your workers to relax, recharge and return to work with renewed energy and enthusiasm. "Absence makes the heart grow fonder" just may ring true when it comes to retaining your staff.
Has your company re-evaluated its vacation policy or other workplace perks to retain employees? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.