Another major area of focus should be around professional and career development, says SHRM's Esen. When asked what's most important in terms of benefits over the next three to five years, survey respondents say career development will be a critical part of any comprehensive benefits strategy going forward.
"Companies are telling us these development programs are going to be just as important as leave benefits and flexible work arrangements. Employers realize they have to upskill and train their workforce to keep them engaged and motivated, and employees value these programs, too," she says.
When it comes to attracting and retaining talent, the available components of your benefits packages make a huge difference, says Kropp. It's well worth your while to make sure you have a robust set of benefits that will support your most valuable asset -- your people.
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