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6 Employee Benefits Job Seekers Deem Nonnegotiable in 2023

From parental benefits to advancement programs, here are six answers to the question, “What are some outstanding employee benefits that job seekers deem non-negotiable in 2023?”


  • Parental Benefits
  • Flexibility With Remote or On-Site Work
  • Health Insurance
  • Paid Time Off
  • Paid Sick Days
  • Career Advancement Programs


Parental Benefits

Employees with children don’t want to make hard choices between family and work, especially in a down-turning economy. With 2023 looking to be a hard year on the horizon, employees with families will be eager to find jobs that are empathetic toward their family situation and provide benefits that allow them to take care of their families while also maintaining their paychecks. 

Even employees without children at the moment understand the importance of an employer who doesn’t make the choice between family and work an impossible one. This is going to be part of a comprehensive employee-first set of benefits that more and more workers are looking for in the workplace. Not having parental benefits will reflect poorly on a company, enough to make job hunters look elsewhere, even if they don’t have immediate plans to start a family of their own.

Max Schwartzapfel, CMO, Schwartzapfel Lawyers


Flexibility With Remote or On-Site Work

If you think job seekers are ready to show up at the office at 9 a.m. sharp and never leave before the clock strikes 5 p.m., you’re in for a surprise. 

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, being able to work remotely and having flexible work arrangements has become a standard rather than a luxury. Many people prefer the flexibility and autonomy that comes with it, as it allows them to better balance their work and personal commitments, and can also lead to increased productivity and job satisfaction.

Workers will not give that up easily. The availability of technology and communication tools has made it easier for people to work remotely or to have flexible work hours, and as a result, many companies have implemented remote work policies or are open to negotiating flexible work arrangements. 

Overall, the ability to have flexible work arrangements has become increasingly important to job seekers, and many consider it to be a non-negotiable employee benefit.

Piotrek Sosnowski, Chief People & Culture Officer, HiJunior


Health Insurance

If there is one thing the pandemic has taught us, it is the importance of having health insurance. Even for the healthiest of individuals, the pandemic has shown us how quickly we can be at risk of serious illness and high medical bills. 

In this post-pandemic environment, employees are demanding health insurance. Employees have left positions to move to companies that provide better benefits. Employers who do not offer health insurance will have a hard time attracting and keeping employees.

Andrew Adamo, VP, Bullion Shark


Paid Time Off

One of the most important employee benefits that job seekers will deem non-negotiable in 2023 is paid time off. With the increasing number of companies offering flexible work arrangements, employees are expecting employers to provide them with sufficient time off to rest, recharge, and pursue their own projects and activities.

With the culture of work-life balance becoming more important, employers who do not provide paid time off will be at a competitive disadvantage in the job market. Paid time off allows employees to take advantage of their free time and spend it on activities that are important to them. 

This helps to create a sense of work-life balance, which is essential for employees to be productive and committed to their work. Additionally, providing paid time off can help employers to keep and attract top talent, which is essential to a company’s growth and success.

Adam Garfield, Marketing Director, HairBro


Paid Sick Days

There are countless instances in which employees come to work sick because they don’t want, or can’t afford, to miss out on the day’s salary. This is a health risk for the employees themselves, as well as the entire workplace, as they are exposed to germs. 

Beyond that, sick employees are less likely to work to their potential, anyway. Therefore, it is imperative that employers provide paid sick leave to maintain satisfied and productive employees and maintain the sanity of the office.

Dakota McDaniels, Chief Product Officer, Pluto


Career Advancement Programs

Employees entering the job market in 2023 understand the value of their skills and the need to be consistently trained and advanced to help them offer more to their companies and achieve personal goals. 

Businesses looking to hire need to lay out an elaborate plan customized to each hire that gives them an outlook on how they will be developed while working on the job and the opportunities this will open up for them. Job seekers see this as central to their job security; hence, they will not compromise this benefit for regular perks, such as additional vacation days.

Alvin Wei, CMO, SEO Ant


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