Employees choosing work over perks

March 2004
Management Services;Mar2004, Vol. 48 Issue 3, p3
Academic Journal
This article reports on the survey conducted by Croner in Great Britain in 2004, concerning the reluctance of employees to take benefits. The survey reveals that 61% of human resource professionals think employees are reluctant to take benefits fearing it may hinder their career prospects. As the number of working parents rise and commuting times increase, perks such as flexible working hours and teleworking are being increasingly offered to help counteract workplace stress and reward employees for the extra hours they put in. Executive Peter Etherington says the survey reinforces the fact that Britain is the hardest working nation in Europe. In addition, the economic downturn has made it harder for employees to move between jobs and job security is at an all time low. The British business culture supports the belief that longer hours equal a more devoted, loyal and productive worker. When it comes to promotion, the person who works long hours is more likely to be promoted over someone of equal ability who leaves office on time to accommodate family commitments. Work-life balance is a contentious issue because employees are torn between work and family commitments. A culture of long working hours, skipping lunch and pressure from colleagues has contributed to a dramatic increase in workplace stress.


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