The unemployment rate in the U.S. is still at record lows. That’s great news if you’re looking for a new job. If, however, you’re an employer, you’re going to face some tough competition for top candidates.
Since they have their pick of opportunities, it’s important to take steps in order to stand out and become an employer of choice in your field. To do that, here are three creative benefits to consider from Murray Resources, one of Houston’s leading temp-to-hire agencies, ones that today’s job seekers want:
Benefit #1: Flexible hours.
With technology, working from anywhere, anytime, is easier than ever. While there might be certain days or times you require all employees in the office, you can also give them choices in terms of telecommuting and when they want to start and end their days.
This is actually one of the most attractive benefits you can offer; in fact, in one study, respondents were more likely to choose a lower-paying job with flexible scheduling than a higher paying one with a fixed schedule. The only other benefit that’s requested more than a flexible schedule is health insurance.
Benefit #2: Student loan help.
Many people on your team might be struggling with student debt, which can impact performance. This adds stress to their lives and can even prompt them to look for higher-paying positions to pay it off faster.
However, if you want to keep them, you can support them during the process by helping them pay off their student loans. For instance, you can offer eligible employees an extra $50 or $100 each month toward their loans, as long as they remain with you for a set period of time. Or you can offer to match their payments. This will enable you to maintain high retention rates, attract the best candidates who want this benefits and keep your workforce happy and motivated.
Benefit #3: Family benefits.
In today’s economy, having a family is more expensive than ever. It’s why when you offer employees added family support, it’s a benefit they’ll value and appreciate.
For instance, you can help your people better meet their family demands by offering reimbursements for child care, an expanded leave policy, additional parental benefits, or a more generous sick day policy or more flexible sick day rules.
Another way to support families is to offer benefits to employees with aging parents in the form of caregiver leave. This helps your people know you stand behind them with the support that they need to best manage and balance life.
If you’d like more advice and assistance when it comes to recruiting and retaining top talent, Murray Resources is here for you. As one of the leading temp-to-hire staffing agencies in Houston, TX, we can provide the people you need, where and when you need them, giving you a competitive edge. Contact us today to get started.