2018 Employee Benefit Trends Study

Chapter 1
The empowered
employee


Businesses in search of the best and brightest are facing a field of candidates that are more empowered than ever.

The battle for talent is on. Increasingly, workers aren't forced to scramble for opportunities. Instead, employees are in demand, positioned to dictate the terms of employment in more ways than in any other time this century. Employees today see work as a part of who they are and, therefore, want their work to reflect their values, interests and aspirations.

These shifts in employee attitudes are in large part a reaction to a positive market. Today's employees are enjoying decreasing unemployment rates, while platforms like Glassdoor and Indeed are giving employees a clear view into what they can expect from companies. The combination of strong jobs numbers and increased transparency means employees have the options and the information to hold companies accountable.

Employees are asking for more from their employers,

but their demands aren’t just monetary or requests for fringe benefits. In fact, employees are asking for work that reflects who they are.

Employees are seeing work as an extension of themselves

Chapter 1
Conclusion


For the empowered employee, money isn't everything. Their ability to demand more of employers is further nuanced by the employee's desire for the intangible elements that make a career more fulfilling.

Employees are positioned to dictate the terms of employment in more ways than in any other time this century.

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Employees feel their work is purpose-driven

I feel a strong sense of purpose at my work
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More than half of employees feel their work shapes their identity

My work defines who I am
Many feel their work makes them a better person

My work skills make me a better person in my personal life
Career-seekers view work as a passion, not a job

Today, a career is:
Many employees don't feel the need to adopt a "work" persona different from who they are outside the workplace

I behave the same at home as I do at work
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Many employees see those at work as intimate parts of their social world

My coworkers are like family to me
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