Find out why not — and what employee perks will work

stock-photo-bored-young-businesswoman-at-210640-148278-edited.pngThe benefits employers provide may not be the benefits employees want — resulting in reduced productivity and disengagement, according to new research involving 3,500 global workers.

Less than 9 percent of employees, for example, believe company outings are a valuable benefit. Even fewer view office games like ping-pong as a worthwhile part of their work experience. More than a third would prefer to have wellness-related employee amenities at work.

The disconnect appears to be occurring due to a failure to proactively consult employees about how their everyday experiences could be improved.

Nearly half of workers (47 percent) haven’t been asked what elements would enhance their work experience and impact their productivity; only 12 percent are asked on a regular basis.

Annual engagement surveys may not help HR determine what benefits employees want. Just 21 percent of workers view filling them out as a very important task, according to the research. Twenty-two percent feel engagement surveys are a distraction.

Organizations, according to 34 percent of employees, could instead increase the value they provide by using data and having access to actionable insights to inform their people-related decisions — rather than relying on gut instinct to determine what employee amenities they’ll offer.

For more about the employee perks workers want and other findings from the survey, conducted by Sage People, view the business management solution provider’s website.