We all probably desire to work for a company with a positive and alluring work environment. If you are one of those people who are consistently posting social media gifs about “having a case of the Monday’s” maybe you don’t ENJOY going to work. What are some of the attributes that would give you the desire to get up and go to work…not just for a paycheck? Would it be gourmet coffee served daily, dogs allowed at your desk, or maybe just positive reinforcement and appreciation?
We all have different needs in our work environment. Should employers try to accommodate everyone’s needs? Would these additions encourage a more productive and positive environment? I will give you a few examples of what some of the “Best Companies to Work For” offer their employees and you decide. I would love to hear your feedback. Hope you enjoy Cathy’s Tuesday Tip! ~Cathy
Some companies offer unlimited paid time off. It is a nod to better work-life balance. This is treating your employees like adults and trusting them to make adult decisions about their time off and actually, encourage employees to take time off. Lots of employees choose not to take time off in fear of getting behind at work. Obviously, companies who offer unlimited PTO expect the time off to be scheduled and obligations are fulfilled.
For employees who plan to start or add to their family, paid paternity leave is a huge plus. Not many companies offer this but the number is growing. Most employers follow the law and allow family members to take a leave from work to spend time with their new child. Their job is protected up to 12 weeks if the company qualifies but is typically unpaid. It is a much-appreciated perk if the company offers paid paternity leave.
We are all used to the old coffee in the break room. Some of the top companies to work for offer complimentary refreshments. Free lunch is offered at some and at others have beer fridges available for personal use. These are all ploys to keep the employee in the office, being productive, and staying focused. Who would complain about that?
When working a high-stress job there is very little time for the small conveniences and daily activities that seem to always get pushed to the bottom of the list. There are companies that offer dry cleaning and nail salon services. Nap space and messages are offered by some companies to help alleviate tension and stress.
Unique Job Perks
Next time you are on the job search, make sure you ask if they offer unique job perks. You will be surprised at the number of companies stepping up to the plate and offering some of these benefits and not just companies like Facebook, Tesla, and Netflix. Smaller companies are starting slower by adding profit sharing and 401ks. Bringing your dog to work isn’t bad either.
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