Published Date: 03/03/2014
By Reneé Watkins
A recent survey conducted by staffing firm Spherion polled employed US adults to determine the importance of benefits packages in making a decision to either accept a job opportunity or stay with their current employer. Amazingly, 46 percent of those surveyed cited one key benefit that was so important it was often the deciding factor – spousal benefits.
Seventy-four percent of those surveyed, whose employers offer benefits for spouses, said they are more likely to stay with their current employer because of this key benefit. Seventy-eight percent of those surveyed, whose employers do not offer benefits for spouses, said they would be more likely to stay with their current employer if the benefit were offered.
Along a similar line, 72 percent indicated they are more satisfied at their current employer because of the spousal benefit offering, while 77 percent would be more satisfied if their current employer offered these benefits.
Additional questions about the importance of benefits showed that 70 percent of employees surveyed believe it is more important to prioritize their personal life over their career. Seventy-two percent of men and 73 percent of women said they would be willing to focus less on their own careers in favor of their partner’s career and/or family life.
Many workers are putting their personal lives, families and relationships first, ahead of their own careers. A work-life blend has become a top priority for most when making career decisions, as today’s employees are defining success at work and success at home as co-dependent on one another.