Employers must be listening to what employees are telling pollsters when they say they want more flexibility at work. A survey by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans finds that nearly half of those employers who responded are offering flexibility in scheduling as part of their 2015 benefit package.

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The foundation surveyed 251 companies for its 2014 employee benefits survey, asking them to cite benefits they believe will influence hiring and retention at their companies. Here's the list of most-cited "innovative" benefits:

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  • 49 percent cited a flexible work week;
  • 44 percent cited allowing employees to telecommute;
  • 57 percent cited allowing a business casual dress code (19 percent have a casual dress code in place);
  • 22 percent cited providing on-site meals;
  • 31 percent cited on- site gyms and/or subsidized fitness;
  •  11 percent provide on-site massages
  • 38 percent offer discounted tickets to sporting, recreational or cultural events to employees.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.