Employees value perks above high pay, according to a survey by Glassdoor, a jobs recruiting site. Their survey, published in Glassdoor’s Feb. 13, 2016 newsletter, outlined the most creative, most appreciated benefits at 20 well-known companies. Here’s a peek at seven of them:
- Access to executive and life coaching services outside of the company (Asana)
- $4,000 cash to employees who have a newborn (Facebook)
- $2,000 annually to travel and stay in an Airbnb listing (Airbnb)
- Surviving spouse or partner paid 50 percent of the deceased employee’s salary
for 10 years (Google)
- Entire company shuts down for a week each in December and in the summer (Adobe)
- Employees take every other Friday off (World Wildlife fund)
- Employees receive six paid days off for volunteer work, plus $1,000 for a charity if they use the days (Salesforce).
However, of the traditional benefits employers offer, these five still rank high:
- Health insurance (40 percent)
- Vacation/time off (37 percent)
- Performance bonus (35 percent)
- Paid sick days (32 percent)
- 401(k) plan (31 percent)
What do longtime employees want? Glassdoor reports that traditional benefits like career opportunities and senior management positions go a long way toward job satisfaction.