Today’s Job Market: What Job Seekers Look For in Michigan’s Employers

Achieving the perfect work-life balance is difficult for everyone, but it’s something we all hope to find. That doesn’t just mean an equal focus on job and family; it also means achieving fitness and educational goals while continuing to progress further in your career. That’s why job seekers are taking advantage of the healthier job market and becoming more selective when choosing a new company. They want one that will help them embrace these life choices.

According to a recent survey, more than 80 percent of people said they would rather have a job they loved with good benefits than one that had a higher salary. But what exactly does the phrase “good benefits” mean?

  • Flexible schedules
  • Healthy work environment
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Medical benefits
  • More vacation days
  • Financial assistance for continuing education
  • Company-provided education, training and development
  • Wellness programs

Another survey found 24 percent of employers have started offering wellness programs in the last three years. And 45 percent of mid-sized businesses already offer employee wellness programs.

But personal benefits like the few listed above aren’t the only things professionals want from their employers. People are attracted to employers who share the same priorities as they do, whether it’s having an environmentally friendly office or providing workshops to encourage career growth.

Because of this, companies across the state are creating improved work environments as a way to recruit top talent. Employers are taking the initiative and developing new work environments that are fun, friendly and environmentally conscious. Employers aren’t waiting until someone is hired to share that information with them—they are starting to convey the healthy work environment to the job seeker at the beginning of the recruitment process.

Recently, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan was awarded the Candidate Experience Award for its consistent and positive recruiting experience. They also offer a variety of personalized benefits like tuition reimbursement and flexible work schedules that appeal to the workforce. Taking those steps to create an inviting work environment is how Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan will continue to hire and keep talented employees.

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