Workplace perks peak as workers see them mainly as gimmicks

New research from travel app provider Seatfrog claims that workers are looking for more than just fun or unusual workplace perks to brag about to their friends when starting a job. While on-site table tennis, a free bar and unlimited snacks has become commonplace in the war to attract talent, especially in the technology sector, around three in five of the 2,000 people surveyed dismiss perks as nothing short of a gimmick.  

Meanwhile two thirds of job-seekers say while perks are a nice addition, they hold no real sway in terms of making job decisions and only 10 percent have turned down a role due to “inadequate” benefits.

Instead, workers are seeking a better work culture and to join companies invested in their personal development. Salary aside, the top reasons cited for taking on a new job are a good work-life balance (62 percent), the nature of the work itself (45 percent), opportunities for growth and personal development (41 percent) plus a strong culture (21 percent).

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The study, exploring what workers want from their jobs, underlines the importance of companies helping their employees find work-life balance. Flexible working, a 4-day working week, shorter summer hours, unlimited holiday allowance, on-site childcare and funded travel all topped the list of what employees are looking for from their role.