According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 61 million Gen Z’ers will prepare to enter the workforce in 2018. These are the post 1996 babies who’ve grown up with Smart phones in their hands, and technology at their fingertips. And while pay and job satisfaction will be the most important deciding factors for prospective employees, benefits that help individuals better balance work, health, and family will be critical for this generation.
In fact, in a recent Glassdoor Employment Confidence Survey, more than half of those asked said that employer benefits definitely influenced their decision about whether to accept a job opportunity from a particular employer. Most surprising however, was that 80% of respondents said they would rather be compensated with additional benefits over a raise in pay.
Some top-rated corporations including, Starbucks offer perks like the Starbucks College Achievement Plan that covers the cost of a Bachelor’s degree. Others including Google, offer yoga classes, and massages while SAS grants scholarships for children of employees.
Not all prospective employees view benefits the same, however.
As noted in the Harvard Business Review, studies suggest there are differences between men and women and how they prioritize company benefits.
Here’s how the top 10 rank in order of importance, for both sexes.