As living costs rise, employers are looking for affordable ways to attract and retain top talent. Skout Solutions, a talent acquisition company, wanted to improve its employee value proposition (EVP) and needed a suite of benefits that catered to its diverse employee base of 75 talent acquisition specialists across both Australia and New Zealand.
“Being a small but varied team, we were looking for an opportunity to solidify our benefits and make them available to the team in an interactive and engaging way,” says Jac Dircks. “You can always put out an email with information about your benefits package, but our teams are often on the move, so we needed to find a way to make the information available at employees’ fingertips.”
As a small business with a varied employee pool, it needed a cost-effective and customisable platform. Flare was able to fulfil that need with its host of discounts and benefits that actually make a difference to employee’s day-to-day lives, from savings on groceries to novated car leasing agreements.
“I get a lot of positive feedback about the discounts and rewards that are available. Keeping the cost of living down by having a discount on everyday items makes a big difference for staff in the long run,” says Dircks. “It’s totally customisable – we can even add our Skout-specific benefits like leave, our EAP and events to the homescreen of the app,” says Dircks.
One of the most popular benefits available via the Flare app is the option to take out a novated car lease. Close to 10 per cent of Skout Solution’s employees have already made use of this offering.
For Heath Jury, People, Resource and Asset Management Specialist at Skout Solutions, the option to take out a novated lease is a huge selling point when searching for a job.
“When I was in between jobs, I was running a lease by myself without the novation aspect. It’s quite expensive to do that each month,” he says. Moving over to a novated leasing option was a “no brainer” for Jury, who has since saved over $700 per month and $18,500 on the remainder of his existing lease from doing so.
Skout Solutions introduced the Flare Benefits Platform in late 2021, and has recently launched the mobile app to its employees. Dircks says that their enthusiasm for the platform was clear from day one. She recalls the session where management guided the team through the platform and its contents.
“People were exploring the site before we’d even got them set up,” she says. “During our initial app launch, we had people saying, ‘This looks so cool’. They were so excited to find out more about it.”