About 18% said their companies have restored all pre-recession perks and 41% have brought back some of those that were cut or eliminated. Nearly one quarter of respondents indicated that their firms had introduced entirely new perks.The they list some perks, like bonuses and 401k matches. I have to say, I see those things in terms of "compensation," not perks, but maybe I'm in the minority. Of course, I'm in favor of bonuses and 401k matching funds. I'm also in favor of regular paychecks, but that hardly seems like a perk.
A good perk, to me, is flex time, telecommuting, extra vacation days, good parking, and free lunches (where you can eat without being obligated to socialize, if you don't like that whole socialization thing). Bad perks are things like company movie day, where you get to see a movie (yeah!) that you probably don't want to see (boo!) during work hours, which will necessitate working late in order to get your work done.
But, those types of things may well appeal to lots of other people. Entrepreneur.com published a list of "cheap" perks for companies that don't have a lot of extra cash laying around. Their suggestions include:
- Take your dog to work
- Yoga classes
- Shining Star (where employees vote on the best employee for the quarter)
- Free car washes
One thing that companies might want to think about before implementing a new perk, is that it's awfully hard to take it back. Nobody expects their job to give them lunch on Fridays, but after you've gotten lunch every Friday for 6 months, when it stops, it's an outrage.
Is there a perk at your current job that wouldn't want to give up? What perk might keep you at your job, even when you might otherwise leave?
For further reading:
- Are You Trying to Make Your Employees' Lives Miserable?
- Google's 10% Raise: We Don't Care About Our Employees
- Your "Rewards" Aren't Appreciated by Your Employees
Photo by Ron Dollete, Flickr cc 2.0.