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Yes, Limos and Pinball

October 1, 1998
Low unemployment and high demand for talented workers in the current job market has lead to an interesting trend in recruitment: perk mania. As more and more companies struggle to find and keep talented employees, businesses are finding it necessary to offer a wide variety of innovative extras. Here are a few of the creative perks potential employees are being offered:

  • Flying lessons
  • Hammocks and free soft drinks in the employee lounge
  • A night on the town ($200 restaurant gift certificate and limo service for five hours)
  • Company-paid meals on the job
  • Inexpensive or free bus rides anytime for a year
  • Limo rides to and from work for top teenage workers
  • Leased BMW paid for by the company
  • Free on-the-job massages
  • Happy hour
  • 24-hour fitness facility
  • Pinball room
  • Tickets to Broadway shows
  • Lunchtime car washes
  • Dry cleaning pick-up or delivery
  • Grocery shopping service
  • Snow-shoveling service
  • Four-day work week
  • On-site day care
  • Up to $1,200 every year to take any type of class (examples include Tai Chi, sculpture and funk aerobics).
SOURCE: Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., Chicago, Illinois

Workforce, October 1998, Vol. 77, No. 10, p. 22.