We’ve all heard the saying “work to live, don’t live to work”, but it’s often easier said than done. On average people spend 99,117 hours at work in their lifetime – that’s the equivalent of 11.5 years!
Given that people’s workplace is usually their second home, employers are increasingly looking at ways to enhance their employee packages so that employees receive more than just a good basic salary.
We conducted some research into job hunters about their attitudes towards workplace perks and benefits, and what they think is the best employee perk a job can give.
Of those aged between 18 and 35, a huge three-thirds (71%) of job hunters prioritise holiday leave allowance, whilst nearly half (47%) prefer a decent bonus and just over a third (33%) look at the maternity pay package. Only 31% classify a workplace pension as an important benefit.
In contrast, those aged over 55 have the most interest receiving a pension (61%) putting holidays at second place 68%. But, growing numbers of employers are going beyond the obvious to try and attract the best talent.
So what do employers do to ensure that employees second home is a much more enjoyable place to be? Take a look at five outstanding examples of “added extras”, from a range of top UK based companies for some inspiration!
Software company Huddle gives employees a MASSIVE amount of money when they join including a £5,000 joining bonus called the ‘’huddle cuddle’’, as well as a gift worth £500 every year.
If you love traveling, UK based Transfer Wise offer an all-expenses paid trip to an exotic island for their staff each year.
Free food and drink! Jive Software offers all staff free food including bacon Thursday and hot food Friday. Healthy snacks, free drinks, and beers on tap are standard!!
Ultimate flexibility – Visual Soft offers unlimited holiday time and unmonitored flexitime, allowing staff to take any time off that they need.
For those who wish to give back to their community – The Body Shop offers to pay for five staff to volunteer around the UK each year.