Posted ByJulia Quinn-Szcesuil
Looking for a job? Keep an eye out for these helpful perks that some companies provide.
Consider this situation: You have a good job with decent benefits, but you just received an offer from another company for a lateral move with the same base pay. But this new company has amazing benefits and the employees seem happy. Is it worth considering?
Mike Weinholtz, CEO of CHG Healthcare Services, says that some companies see attractive benefits as a "nice to have" option. But as the head of the Salt Lake City, Utah-based business, which ranks third on Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work for 2013 list, he says he sees great benefits differently.
"We view it as a must have," he says. "There is an altruistic side to doing this and doing the right thing. But this is a business strategy. We want to recruit and retain the best employees."
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Fully-Paid Health Insurance
In the era of double-digit health insurance price increases, the full coverage offered by companies like Weston, Fla.-based Ultimate Software and the Everett Clinic in Everett, Wash., takes a big burden off employees' shoulders, so they don't have to worry about out-of-pocket expenses.
More and more companies are offering flexible schedules, including telecommuting and off-hour schedules, to bring in the best workers. At Cisco in San Jose, Calif., nearly all employees take advantage of company technology to telecommute some of the time. Illinois-based Kraft Foods encourages employees to create a flexible schedule and allows them to telecommute up to three days a week. And many companies offer paid sabbaticals to certain employees, including PricewaterhouseCoopers, based in New York City.
Child Care and Backup Child Care
On-site day care and backup care for when your kids are home sick or have a snow day or school vacation are much-desired benefits for employees with children. Capital One in McLean, Va., lets employees use their backup child care facility up to 20 times a year at no cost. And companies like Yahoo in Sunnyvale, Calif., iRobot in Bedford, Mass. and Honest Tea in Bethesda, Md. offer employees free access to the online nanny- and babysitter-finding service, Care.com.
Some companies also provide backup child care as a work benefit, such as through Care.com’s Care@Work program. This program offers employees of participating companies access to child care either at home or at a nearby child care facility. If your company doesn't offer this benefit, ask Human Resources to consider it. You'll be much more productive at work if you don't have to worry about your child.
Everyone loves free food and companies realize that picking up the tab for lunches or dinners, or even having readily available snacks, keeps employees happy. Vistaprint in Lexington, Mass. brings food trucks to the office for employees.
Busy employees appreciate any kind of convenient exercise or wellness class or incentive to keep healthy. And companies know healthy employees are productive employees. San Francisco-based Salesforce.com employees are encouraged to de-stress with free yoga classes and a $100 monthly wellness benefit. Employees at National Instruments in Austin, Texas can choose from 16 gym classes a week and volleyball court time on two sand courts. When medical care is needed, employees at CHG's office can use the new on-site, employee-suggested medical clinic.
When job hunters consider all the options, time off is a big deciding factor, and many companies are starting to offer generous vacation packages to new hires. Along with needing a flexible schedule, employees want a company that respects and encourages time off to recharge. Emeryville, Calif.-based Clif Bar & Company employees automatically have 15 days of paid time off, plus eight holidays, which increases to 25 days by their fifth year with the company. At Millennium in Cambridge, Mass., employees call in sick on a no-limit honor system and are entitled to three weeks of vacation and three weeks of holidays as soon as they're hired.
Getting a good salary and a generous vacation package is important, but employees want to know they'll be covered when they retire, too. Organizations are investing in employees with retirement matches worth thousands of dollars. Workers at San Antonio, Texas-based insurer USAA get a 100 percent 401(k) match for up to 8 percent of their salary.
At EOG Resources in Houston, Texas, employees are all stockholders and have seen over a 500 percent increase in stock value over the past decade. Hourly and salaried employees at Robert W. Baird & Co. in Milwaukee, Wis. receive profit-sharing from an amount that equals 10 percent of the company's pretax net operating income. And after 90 days at Rackspace in San Antonio, Texas, new hires automatically receive stock options. Creativity pays off at Intuit in Mountain View, Calif., where a software developer won an innovation award that came with $1 million in cash and stock.
Companies want top-notch employees and are offering greater benefits to attract potential workers to their organizations. Employees like the perks and companies like the low turnover rates that satisfied employees bring.
Julia Quinn-Szcesuil is an award-winning freelance writer and a mom to two girls. She lives in Massachusetts and has written for local and national publications.