How Your Benefits Really Make a Difference

As recruiters, we’re in the unique position of being able to really get under the skin of what our candidates are looking for, and how our clients can best turn those demands into reality. More and more employees in now days have reported feeling unwell as a consequence of work-related stress. This is usually the result of a poor working environment or work-life blend, both of which can be improved by wellness benefits or flexible working options.
Range of ‘soft benefits’ is becoming wider. Essentially, employers are becoming more creative when putting together benefits packages.
If you are not fully optimizing your soft benefits as part of the hiring process, you could be missing out on high-quality talent. In addition, the low unemployment rate means that it’s an increasingly competitive market and you need to now differentiate your self from competitors to find fantastic staff.

Benefits that attract
We found that respondents under 45 place the most importance on a great work environment when looking for a new job, whereas the younger generations also favor career development, challenging roles and a good benefits package. There are differences in terms of genders as well, as women appear to prefer job security while men are seeking a positive work environment.
The only generation that would prefer a higher salary over and above soft benefits are those over the age of 55.
Some more of our favorite soft benefits include supplied breakfast/lunch, training opportunities, unlimited paid time off, cycle-to-work scheme, personal wellbeing days and annual leave on an employee’s birthday.

As recruiters, it’s important to share this information with you so that you can develop benefits packages to attract the staff you want, while also holding onto existing high-quality talent.
Once our client is happy with the benefits they are willing to offer a new starter, we at, make sure all consultants are briefed with a summary so any questions from candidates can be answered. Additionally, we prepping the hiring manager on how best to communicate the benefits in the interview – there’s no point doing all the work, only to realize that the hiring team hasn’t communicated the different benefits on offer!


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