The latest annual Benefits and Trends Survey from professional services firm Aon, reveals that the top priority for many employees was flexible working, with 98% of employers saying that employees now expected more flexible working hours.
Furthermore, 89% of employers said their employees now expect agile or home working options to be available, although only 36% of respondents said they had a flexible working policy.
In August, research suggested that business leaders were recognising an increase in the number of staff taking leave over mental health issues, finding that 49% of businesses surveyed did not offer access to occupational health support.
These figures come against a backdrop of competition for talent, with more than 60% of businesses saying they are already changing their policies to compete for talent with different sectors. However, 50% admit that their benefits do not meet the needs all generations within their workforce.
Research released yesterday found that a lack of available candidates in UK job markets has driven pay rates higher, with demand for staff growing at a stronger rate than seen over the past 21 years.