CareerBuilder Survey Reveals Most Wanted Office Perks and What Motivates Workers to Stay With Companies

   CareerBuilder Survey Reveals Most Wanted Office Perks and What Motivates
                        Workers to Stay With Companies

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Jan. 24, 2013

CHICAGO, Jan. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --If you could have one perk - any perk -
in your workplace, what would it be? If you had the choice, would you rather
have a bigger title or a bigger office?If you were thinking about leaving
your company, what would make you stay? A new CareerBuilder survey explores
which job factors are most important to today's workers. More than 3,900
full-time workers nationwide participated in the survey conducted online by
Harris Interactive^© from November 1 to November 30, 2012.

Nearly one-third of employers (32 percent) reported that top performers left
their organizations in 2012 and 39 percent are concerned that they'll lose top
talent in 2013. While most workers (66 percent) stated that they are generally
satisfied with their jobs, one in four (25 percent) said they will change jobs
in 2013 or 2014. 

How important is title?
While upward mobility is a key factor in job satisfaction and employee
retention, having a certain title isn't important to more than half of workers
(55 percent). The vast majority (88 percent) reported that salary matters
more.Other factors that outrank job title in what is most important to
workers are:

  oFlexible schedule – 59 percent
  oBeing able to make a difference – 48 percent
  oChallenging work – 35 percent
  oAbility to work from home – 33 percent
  oAcademic reimbursement – 18 percent
  oHaving an office – 17 percent
  oCompany car – 14 percent

Do perks matter?
Twenty-six percent of workers said that providing special perks is an
effective way to improve employee retention. When asked to identify one perk
that would make their workplace more satisfying, early dismissals, convenient
gym access and casual dress scored highest:

1.Half-day Fridays – 40 percent
2.On-site fitness center – 20 percent
3.Ability to wear jeans – 18 percent
4.Daily catered lunches – 17 percent
5.Massages – 16 percent
6.Nap room – 12 percent
7.Rides to and from work – 12 percent
8.Snack cart that comes around the office – 8 percent
9.Private restroom – 7 percent
10.On-site daycare – 6 percent

What ultimately entices workers to stay with a company?
Not surprising, the majority of workers (70 percent) reported that increasing
salaries is the best way to boost employee retention while 58 percent pointed
to better benefits.Other actions workers said employers should take to reduce
voluntary turnover include:

  oProvide flexible schedules – 51 percent
  oIncrease employee recognition (awards, cash prizes, company trips) – 50
  oAsk employees what they want and put feedback into action – 48 percent
  oIncrease training and learning opportunities – 35 percent
  oHire additional workers to ease workloads – 22 percent
  oProvide academic reimbursement – 22 percent
  oCarve out specific career paths and promote more – 21 percent
  oInstitute a more casual dress code – 14 percent

"What determines job satisfaction is not a one-size-fits-all, but flexibility,
recognition, the ability to make a difference and yes, even special perks, can
go a long way," said Rosemary Haefner, Vice President of Human Resources at
CareerBuilder. "Being compensated well will always be a top consideration, but
we're seeing work-life balance, telecommuting options and learning
opportunities outweigh other job factors when an employee decides whether to
stay with an organization."

Survey Methodology
This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive^© on
behalf of CareerBuilder among 2,611 hiring managers and human resource
professionals and 3,991 workers (employed full-time, not self-employed,
non-government) between November 1 and November 30, 2012 (percentages for some
questions are based on a subset, based on their responses to certain
questions). With pure probability samples of 2,611 and 3,991, one could say
with a 95 percent probability that the overall results have a sampling error
of +/- 1.92 and +/-1.55 percentage points, respectively.Sampling error for
data from sub-samples is higher and varies.

About CareerBuilder®
CareerBuilder is the global leader in human capital solutions, helping
companies target and attract great talent. Its online career site,®, is the largest in the United States with more than 24
million unique visitors, 1 million jobs and 50 million resumes. CareerBuilder
works with the world's top employers, providing resources for everything from
employment branding and talent and compensation intelligence to recruitment
solutions. More than 10,000 websites, including 140 newspapers and broadband
portals such as MSN and AOL, feature CareerBuilder's proprietary job search
technology on their career sites. Owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI),
Tribune Company and The McClatchy Company (NYSE:MNI), CareerBuilder and its
subsidiaries operate in the United States, Europe, South America, Canada and
Asia. For more information, visit

Media Contact
Jennifer Grasz

SOURCE CareerBuilder

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