Sure, free food, “bring your dog to work day,” and a gym membership may sound like great perks but for most employees, it’s the more traditional benefits that count.
According to a recent Glassdoor Employee Confidence survey, 4 in 5 employees are looking for benefits or perquisites (perks) more than they are looking for a pay raise. The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) documented how employee benefits and perks had evolved in the last 20 years in their SHRM 2016 Report on Employee Benefits. While the report states, “Compared with five years ago, more organizations are offering monetary bonus benefits such as employee referral bonuses, spot/bonus awards, sign-on bonuses for executives and nonexecutives, as well as retention bonuses for nonexecutives,” it’s still the non-monetary perks that employees seek.
Bristol Associates reached out to four of their executive recruiters: Jenae Nordman, Peter Stern, Steven Kessler and Kelly Nelson, to get their feedback.
Question: What company perks are the most attractive to candidates?
Jenae Nordman, Recruiting Coordinator
Flexible working hours suggest that a company understands and values their employee’s time.
Peter Stern, Executive Recruiter specializing in the Food Manufacturing industry
A growing number of candidates that I speak with are very interested in a flex schedule.
Steven Kessler, Executive Recruiter Specializing in Casino Gaming and Restaurants
they want to know that paid vacation and paid personal time off (PTO) would be part of the package.
Kelly Nelson, Executive Recruiter specializing in the Hospitality and Tourism industries
Perks can be an inexpensive means to enhance an employment offer.
A benefits package is a major factor in attracting and retaining top talent. Whatever benefits or perks you negotiate, employers and candidates alike should always be sure, when making or accepting an offer of employment, to have perks and benefits fully detailed in the offer letter.
Bristol Associates is an executive search firm with a 49-year history of excellence. Bristol specializes in recruiting for companies and candidates in the casino gaming, food manufacturing, hospital/healthcare, hotels/resorts, travel/tourism/attractions, facilities/concessions, restaurant and nonprofit/arts businesses.