These incentives keep employees motivated

But most employers tend to overlook them

These incentives keep employees motivated

When it comes to workplace incentives, employers and employees don’t always see eye to eye, according to a new survey.

The top non-monetary incentives employees look for today include a flexible work schedule, shorter work week, and the opportunity to work from home, staffing firm Robert Half Canada said.

Only about one in five respondents, however, have the option for remote work or a shorter work week at their company.

“Professionals today desire flexibility,” said Greg Scileppi, president of international staffing operations at Robert Half.

“By offering competitive compensation, as well as programs that help their employees achieve greater work-life balance, organisations will more easily attract and retain top talent,” he said.

Employers and employees also diverge on the topic of financial incentives:


  • More than 7 in 10 workers look for bonuses when deciding to join a company
  • Less than half (44%) of employers, however, offer annual/bi-annual bonuses


  • Almost half (49%) of workers want profit-sharing plans and sign-on bonuses
  • Only a third (33%) of employers offer profit-sharing and a fifth (19%) give hiring bonuses

Four in five employers, however, offer paid time-off such as vacation and sick leave, while 88% support employees and their dependents with extended health insurance coverage.

Robert Half surveyed 1,500 workers and 600 HR managers in North America.


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