Guardian’s 11th Annual Workplace Benefits Study, 2022, New Era, New Values: Workers seek empathy and flexibility in a post-pandemic world.

The 11th Annual Workplace Benefits Study was fielded in February and March of 2022 and consisted of two online surveys: one among benefits decision-makers (employers) and another among working Americans (employees), allowing us to explore benefits issues from both perspectives.

Survey data collection and tabulation were managed for Guardian by Zeldis Research, an independent market research firm located in Ewing, NJ. Guardian offers  life insurance, disability insurance, dental insurance, and other benefits that help protect people.

Benefits, empathy, and flexibility are close behind salary in terms of what matters most to workers when evaluating employment opportunities.

The dramatic impact of the events of the past two years has altered the traditional employer-employee contract. Workers are responding positively to the gains in flexibility, investments in technology, and additional mental health resources that were added during the pandemic.

It’s in employers’ interest not to abandon that more empathetic mindset, especially from a retention perspective:

1 in 5 workers quit their job in the past two years due to inflexibility.

Workers who feel their employer cares about their well-being are more likely to want to stay at their job for 10+ years (58% versus 31% of those who don’t feel their employer cares).

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