Perks, Perks and More Perks

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When it comes to hiring and holding onto your staff, especially top-notch staff, perks can be a prime consideration.

As we know, perks are employee benefits provided in addition to normal wages or salaries.

Some examples are health insurance, paid sick leave, vacation pay, daycare, retirement benefits, and continuing education paid by the employer. There are others, but those are some of the more common ones.

And, by the way, the word is spelled ‘perq’ in British English. There’s no extra charge for my including that key piece of information in this tip.

Sometimes perks are given to only specific employees. In these cases, it might be based on performance, it might have to do with seniority or the employer just may want to hold on to particular employees.

Here are some other perks being offered:

Exercise equipment on location and time allowed to use the equipment. Some employers have found the more they help their staff become and stay healthy, the better they perform. And there are of course financial benefits to the employer when the staff are healthy.

Some employers provide pet care. Now, that’s an interesting perk.

How about back and neck massages delivered right at the employee’s desk?

Today I heard about companies that have a dry cleaning facility on their premises.

I imagine the list could go on. You could get very creative with this.

When deciding on whether to offer a particular perk, the two most important factors are:

1) Can you afford to offer it?

2) Is that employee benefit really meaningful to your staff? If it’s only a great perk in your mind, then you might want to reconsider it.

There are other concerns which we’ll take up in more detail in future Hiring Tips. In the meantime, if you see me applying for a job at your place of business, please know that I’ll be interested in your pet care program. My Miniature Dachsund may need her own space away from the others.



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