9 benefits health systems offer to attract, retain workers

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated a labor shortage at health systems, and they're prioritizing benefits to attract and retain talent, according to a recent survey from Aon, a global professional services firm. 

Aon's 2021 survey, released Aug. 30, covers the U.S. and provides findings for 150 health systems, representing more than 1,150 hospitals and more than 2.4 million employees.

The following is a breakdown of the benefits health systems said they're offering employees.

  • Tuition reimbursement programs: 94 percent
  • Flexible work options: 69 percent, with an additional 30 percent considering adding this option
  • Cash-out vacation policies: 66 percent 
  • Adoption benefits: 45 percent
  • Gender-affirming surgery: 36 percent 
  • On-site daycare: 33 percent 
  • Student loan repayment plans: 32 percent, with an additional 40 percent considering this option
  • Back-up childcare: 31 percent 
  • Back-up elder care: 23 percent 

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