March 11, 2014
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.