While the Great Resignation has led employers to offer increasingly generous benefits, it can still be hard to know what policies your workers will value the most. Some of the creative benefits offered by companies on Inc.'s 2022 list of Best Workplaces include access to parenting coaches, work-life balance specialists, and even handyman services.
So what perks do workers want that they don't have today? Recovery time after alcohol-fueled company outings and free sleep consultations top the list, according to a new poll conducted from the HR regulatory compliance company Trusaic. The poll asked respondents to choose between 10 job perks described by the company as "outlandish," such as paid leave after a breakup or free mediation sessions with a Buddhist monk. Although 43 percent of respondents chose none of the perks listed in the poll, 23 percent of respondents chose so-called "hangover leave," while 21 percent picked access to sleep hygiene analysis and a premium subscription to a sleep app. The poll surveyed 1,230 American adults.
The results suggest that workers value benefits associated with sleep, and the link between sleep and job performance is well documented. According to a 2014 CDC study, 35.2 percent of U.S. adults were getting less than the organization's recommended seven hours of sleep per night. The CDC says that not getting enough sleep can make it more difficult to say focused on long tasks and can increase the possibility of errors in your employees' work.
Should you offer perks that will help your employees get more sleep? Trusaic CEO Robert Sheen says the purpose of the survey isn't to encourage the adoption of any specific benefits, but giving your employees the tools to rest more effectively and sleep when they need it most could lead to improved performance.