Which Family/Lifestyle Benefits Would Boost Employee Work Performance? Backup child care, discounted care/reimbursement for care, help hiring a housekeeper, help finding reliable childcare, and long-term or tailored senior care planning are the top five family assistance benefits that employees say would most improve their ability to do their job.Would Employees Change Jobs for Better Family/Lifestyle Benefits? Yes, 62% of employees would likely leave their job for one with better care benefits. In fact, a flexible work schedule (17%), and child care assistance (8%) rank in the top three such benefits for which employees would most likely leave. How Do Millennials Approach Family and Work? According to a 2015 study from the American Sociological Review on gender and work-family ideals, this age group has much more egalitarian views around family, career and gender roles than previous generations. However, when faced with a lack of family-friendly policies in the workplace, most fall back on traditional roles. In fact, of those millennials surveyed in the Care.com Workplace Solutions survey, 90% stated they've had to leave work due to family responsibilities. It's no surprise then that 48% feel a lack of family assistance-related benefits has negatively impacted their work performance. "A report from the White House's Council of Economic Advisors looking at millennials' stance on numerous work-life factors concludes that quality of life is a main focus for this generation. Employers should really take this into consideration when thinking about what their employees actually want and need out of a benefits program," stated Levin. Are Employees Happy With Their Family/Lifestyle Benefits? Only 30% of respondents are "very satisfied" with these benefit offerings and approximately 1 in 10 (9%) aren't satisfied at all. In addition, women (13%) and parents (12%) are more than twice as likely to be dissatisfied with their family/lifestyle benefits than men (6%) and employees without children (5%). 1 in 5 respondents also stated their employer offers fewer such benefits than other companies. "By recognizing the juggling act of caregiving and work, and providing benefits like backup child care or senior care, we believe that employers have a huge opportunity to not only reduce employee absenteeism, but ultimately, increase workplace productivity too," added Levin.
- Respondents think working dads and employees caring for elderly loved ones are least supported by employer benefits.
- 40% of respondents would be more inclined to use employment benefits if they were accessible from a mobile device.
*As of June 2015