It’s an incredibly competitive world out there for both businesses and jobseekers, so differentiating yourself from the crowd will always be a good idea. For companies, it seems as though competition is so rife that many are now offering interesting and unusual job perks to new recruits so they agree to come and join the firm.
New research from Adzuna has just revealed the extent to which these benefits have been taken, with new workers being offered massive cash bonuses, trips overseas and free lunches provided by chefs, Small Business reports.
Others included hangover days to attract and retain younger employees, pawternity leave (where people can take time off work to help settle in new pets), free Netflix, free ice cream, on-site meditation classes to help workers handle stress, seats at industry award ceremonies and language lessons.
Co-founder of Adzuna Doug Monro said: “Smart employers are proving that you don’t have to spend big on luxurious office perks or team bonding trips to lure top talent. There are more cost-effective benefits out there that reflect companies’ cultures and employees really value.”
Of course, as much fun as these are you also need to think a bit seriously so that you can not only attract the cream of the crop but ensure that your industry’s top talent chooses to stay working for you and not someone else.
To that end, make sure you also provide other more long-term perks like health and dental insurance, extended paid maternity and paternity leave, more time off, performance bonuses, retirement plans and pensions. You could even go so far as to offer to help pay off some of your employee’s student loans.
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