Nearly three-quarters (74 per cent) of U.S. employers say they offer hybrid work arrangements, according to a new survey by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.
The survey, which polled more than 500 employers, found 55 per cent said they offer fully remote working arrangements while 57 per cent offer flexible work hours. In addition, 55 per cent said they offer paid floating holidays and 38 per cent offer paid leave to vote. About a fifth of respondents said they offer flexibility to accommodate religious observances (20 per cent), compressed workweeks (19 per cent) and summer hours (17 per cent).
Fewer employers offered in-office benefits and perks compared to 2020, including flu shot programs (63 per cent compared to 72 per cent), coffee service (54 per cent compared to 64 per cent), service award programs (51 per cent compared to 60 per cent), health risk assessments/screenings (48 per cent compared to 55 per cent), weight management programs (32 per cent compared to 37 per cent) and walking/exercise programs (27 per cent compared to 34 per cent).
More than two-fifths (43 per cent) of employers said they offer paid maternity leave above and beyond legal requirements, while 34 per cent said they offer paid adoption leave (34 per cent) and just 15 per cent said they offer paid leave related to a miscarriage.
The survey also found several benefits offerings are increasing in popularity, including: identity theft insurance (34 per cent), vaccination programs (18 per cent), estate planning services (17 per cent), reimbursement for fitness app subscriptions (13 per cent) and reimbursement for mental-health app subscriptions (seven per cent). Just three per cent of employers said they offer lifestyle spending accounts and only one per cent said they offer travel/vacation stipends.
Two-thirds (65 per cent) of employers said they spend between 21 per cent and 40 per cent of payroll on employee benefits costs.