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by Rob Porter | June 18, 2024


The expectations and needs of job seekers are always evolving, and companies must continue to update their employee benefits offerings in order to remain attractive to potential employees. Years ago, companies would offer traditional packages consisting of health insurance, retirement plans, and PTO; however, modern job seekers may also want to work for a company that is environmentally conscious or that provides opportunities to underrepresented groups. Here are some employee benefits predictions for the near future.

Holistic Wellness Programs

The past several years have highlighted the importance of mental and physical well-being both inside and out of the workplace, and employers are more likely to recognize that a healthy team is more engaged and productive when compared to a team that is overwhelmed, stressed, and exhausted. As such, we can expect to see employers expanding their health and wellness programs.

Most often, employers offer gym reimbursement, on-site fitness centers, counseling programs, referral services, and annual health screenings; however, in order to attract talent, they may have to begin offering more comprehensive mental health support programs and other wellness benefits such as nutrition counseling and sleep counseling. Some employers may also begin to leverage technology in their benefits packages, offering wearable devices and mobile applications to track physical activity and monitor stress levels.

Customizable Benefits Packages

Job seekers each have their own individual ideas about what the ideal employee benefits package should look like. In the near future, we may see employers allowing new hires to personalize their benefits packages to better suit their individual needs and life stages. For example, a younger employee may want to include student loan repayment assistance, while an employee who is ready to start a family may prioritize childcare support.

Once again, technology may play a role in offering customizable benefits packages, with new hires logging into a platform that allows them to select and manage their benefits through user-friendly portals. Employers may offer a wide variety of options, from financial wellness programs and legal assistance all the way to lifestyle perks such as pet insurance and gym memberships. Employees may also be able to revise their benefits packages at certain points, allowing them to “grow with” their employer—this may lead to decreased employee turnover.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practices have become a critical aspect of the modern workplace. Future employee benefits will reflect this, offering programs designed to foster a workplace environment that accepts and celebrates diverse cultures and perspectives. These programs may include mentorship opportunities for underrepresented groups, scholarships for continued education, and support networks for minority employees.

We may also see more employers begin to invest in training programs that address unconscious bias, cultural competency, and inclusive leadership. Through the continued evolution of DEI initiatives, employers will attract a wider range of talent and create an environment where all employees feel valued and supported. In the long run, this will lead to greater employee engagement and retention.

Green and Sustainable Benefits

As environmental consciousness grows, prospective employees are increasingly seeking employers who share their commitment to a sustainable future. Benefits packages may adapt to reflect this trend, and employers may begin to incorporate green initiatives to attract talent. They may offer incentives for using public transportation, subsidies for electric vehicles, and support for remote work to reduce commuting-related emissions.

Some employers may take green and sustainable benefits to the next level by promoting sustainable living. This may include subsidies for home solar panels, energy-efficient appliances, and even programs that encourage volunteering for environmental causes. By aligning benefits with environmental values, employers can attract eco-conscious employees while contributing to a more sustainable future.

A Four-Day Work Week

We’ve been covering 4 Day Week Global and its efforts to spread the wonders of the four-day work week to employers and employees all over the world, and as flexible schedules become a top benefit for job seekers and employees, the four-day work week may become the global standard in the near future. If you’d like to catch up on 4 Day Week Global, check out our previous blog here.

There are many benefits to a four-day work week. For starters, employees will have a better work/life balance, leading to increased productivity and engagement. Along with this, employers will save on energy costs and lunch programs, which means there could be more money for employees when it comes time for raises. Lastly, the four-day work week contributes to reduced commute-related emissions, making it great for the environment.

Companies that stay ahead of employee benefits trends can expect to build a more engaged, motivated, and productive team. For job seekers, an employee benefits package that aligns with their values and lifestyle may be the deciding factor during a job search. The bottom line is, a competitive employee benefits package is integral to a successful employer-employee relationship.