Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Perks v benefits
Small firms are getting creative to hold onto employees.
One company offers free beer on Friday as a reward for the week's effort. Sodas, too, of course.
Permission to work remotely. This one has been around a while.
How about bringing your pet to the office. And not just dogs--fish have been known to come to work at one joint. Or talking birds.
Time off to volunteer is another perk. One company gives four paid days off a year for good-doing.
A tech slush fund maybe? One company gives $400 a year for high tech devices.
Other companies offer summer internships and jobs of spring break to employees' kids.
How about access to a company pastor or life coach?
Or a yoga hour?
One company--in India--allows young people to put their parents on their health plan. That would not work in the US--in fact, it's the opposite.
I remember when I had a real job and the mail room would wrap and mail my parcels. I loved that.