Do you love perks? Do you find drooling over catered lunch benefits at a company ? Are benefits the icing on the cake when considering potential job offers?
Well if that's you then you are far from alone. According to Glassdoor, 57% of jobseekers say benefits and perks are one of the top items they consider when reviewing job offers. While they are rarely deal-breakers/makers, they are becoming an increasingly important factor for jobseekers when weighing where their next career move may be.
That’s why some companies are seriously stepping up their game. We've polled our subscribers and here are some of the favorite perks that they are being offered. Check them out below to learn more, and then browse open jobs to find your next perk-filled gig.
1. Professional Development
Topping our list is professional development. Employees no longer expect to simply work for a paycheck. In a LinkedIn study, the millennial workforce has identified professional development as the top consideration when choosing a new job (coming second only to salary).
Talented hires expect for companies to invest in their long term development, adding value to the profession of this generation for future career moves. This is critical in this new age where millennial professionals can expect to change jobs or roles every 3 years. Training, certifications, and mentorship programs will add valuable fast tracking leverage to your career and more easily aide in making career transitions.
2. The Mobile Office
In today's age, we are never completely disconnected from the world or the office (though we may try). With the advent of teleworking, companies have added valuable work-life balance to their culture, profits to their bottom-line, and productivity to their work.
While most of the workforce still primarily prefer face-to-face interaction with their colleagues (as opposed to working from home 5 days a week), teleworking can be an important supplement to a company that demands a lot from it's employees. When a great balance has been found, companies have seen increased efficiency and happiness amongst their staff.
Sure it's not exactly sipping cocktails on the beach, but that's where the next perk comes in.
3. Unlimited Vacation
We know what you're thinking. Taking the year off to go backpacking across Europe... Discovering the secrets of the Egyptian pyramids... Enjoying a self-actualizing sabbatical in the Maldives... Or just Netflix binging on the couch for a month or 5... More and more companies are lining up to offer their employees the benefit to unplug and enjoy life to their hearts content by offering an unlimited vacation policy.
But before you pack your bags, there are a few guidelines of which you should be aware. Unlimited vacation policies are almost always at the discretion of the direct manager to approve as they see fit. Responsible employees who meet their yearly goals and surpass them are reaping the benefits of an extended vacation. You may have to work a lot harder to get there, but there's no greater reward than hitting the beach and hitting silent on your phone and truly disconnecting from the world for a bit (beware: your inbox will await you).
Some perks aren't game changers alone, but when offered in a complete package they can be pretty impressive. Companies are going way outside the box of the standard lunch, gym benefits, and parking (is that really a benefit?), and really coming up with creative new perks that will add value to the long days.
Are you a Zen master? Well don't be surprised to see offerings such as mobile massages, yoga sessions, health and wellness stipends, and mental health coverage.
Or is it food that's the true way to your heart? Food truck days, company festivals, and weekly happy hours are making it into the leagues of many benefit offerings now.
A bit more utilitarian? Companies are padding their professional development packages with great opportunities such as language learning programs and paid time off to give back to the community through volunteering. These are great perks that will not only be enjoyed, but will really add to your career and resume.