-by Shada Mahboob, Recruiter at Linkus Group
“Employees who believe that management is concerned about them as a whole person – not just an employee – are more productive, more satisfied, more fulfilled. Satisfied employees mean satisfied customers, which leads to profitability.” – Anne M. Mulcahy (CEO at Xerox)
Statements like the above lead one to question: how do you make an employee feel like a “whole person”? Perhaps it is in supporting a good work-life balance or delegating rewarding work assignments? Regardless of the answer, employee perks can play a significant role in making an employee feel appreciated. Although some small perks may seem insignificant, they can make all the difference in boosting employee morale.
The Linkus Group has been interested in the trends surrounding employee perks. We conducted a survey of employees in various industries to analyze their current perks and their ideal of what should be offered. The survey data covered a range of employees from a start-up online magazine, a marketing firm, and a large mining company. While these companies may not have much in common regarding the services they offer, they all have kept in mind the importance of employee perks.
Competitive compensation is a hot button topic in all organizations; however, a focus on “total compensation,” including intrinsic rewards such as perks, may be the key to reaching true employee satisfaction.
Here are some interesting perks, we have found, that employers are currently offering!
- Free breakfast essentials
- Year-end vacations –based on profit
- Corporate gym memberships
- Choice of office colour
- No dress code
- Yearly “healthy living credit”
- Commuting allowance
- Stock options for all employees
- Complete flex hours –option to work from home
- Beer fridge
- Company car for management
- Discount to Wonderland
- Christmas Gifts
- Free housecleaning for employees every 2 weeks