British workers are becoming dissatisfied with their workplace benefits

British workers are becoming less satisfied with the workplace benefits they are receiving, new research has revealed.

Office workers -  via Shutterstock
Office workers – via Shutterstock

The survey, as part of a study on the perceptions of benefits and wellbeing schemes from Willis PMI Group, found that 44 per cent of employees are happy with the workplace benefits they receive, compared to 53 per cent last year.

The study also revealed that the level of satisfaction varied across regions. Of those surveyed, 55 per cent of workers in London and 52 per cent in Scotland claimed they were satisfied with their benefits. However, only 36 per cent of workers in the North West claimed they were satisfied.

Workers were also asked whether their employer made provisions to look after their health and wellbeing, with only 37 per cent saying that they currently did. The research surveyed over 1,000 people aged between 18 and 64, who are currently in full or part-time employment.

Mike Blake, Director at Willis PMI Group, said, “Given the current focus on reducing the burden of employee ill health and sickness absence on the economy, it is surprising to find the perception of benefits provision is actually on the decline.”

“Companies might ask whether this is due to increasing expectation, a shortfall in provision or a failure to properly communicate available benefits to staff.”

“It is important for employers to identify the specific challenges faced by their business and actively engage with their staff in order to better understand what benefits are both needed and wanted. Schemes will be most successful when they align the goals of their organisation with the desire of employees.”

“The high response in London can perhaps be expected, considering the high concentration of large corporate organisations, but it is encouraging to note this is also the case in Scotland.”

“Benefits and wellbeing schemes are important tools for boosting health and productivity, tackling sickness absence and improving employee satisfaction. By utilising the full range of benefits available to them, employers can take targeted action to address specific issues arising from a wide range of health

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