Most of us spend a majority of our waking hours at work, so it’s only natural that we want to enjoy our time in the office as much as we can. And perks help — a lot.
According to career site Glassdoor, more than half — 57% — of all workers say that perks and benefits are among the top things they consider when deciding whether to accept a job, and almost 80% of employees say that they would prefer new benefits, like health insurance or paid time off, over a pay raise.
That’s why some employers are raising the bar and going beyond free food, on-site gyms, and superannuation to attract new talent. Companies like Airbnb and Facebook are offering unique and surprising perks like travel stipends and “Baby Cash,” according to Glassdoor’s list of the top employee benefits and perks.
“Benefits and perks matter because they’re an added piece of the total compensation puzzle,” says Scott Dobroski, Glassdoor’s career-trends analyst. “Job seekers should understand what benefits and perks an employer may be offering, and do their research ahead of time to find companies that offer benefits that matter most to them.”
Glassdoor’s list is based on the hundreds of thousands of benefits reviews shared on Glassdoor by employees.
Through research and surveys, Glassdoor has found that benefits and perks affect recruiting efforts “in that they certainly help get prospective talent interested in a company and through the door,” Dobroski says. “However, once people are hired, our research shows culture and values, career opportunities and senior leadership, not perks, are the leading factors that impact employee satisfaction, which directly affects a company’s talent retention rates.”
Here are some of the most incredible perks companies are offering right now:
Google provides the surviving spouse or partner of a deceased employee 50% of their salary for the next 10 years.
Overall benefits rating: 4.6 / 5
Pinterest provides a unique take on the parental-leave policy by offering three paid months off, plus a month of part-time hours, as well as two counseling sessions to create a plan to reenter the workplace.
Overall benefits rating: 4.7 / 5
Spotify provides six months of paid parental leave, plus one month of flexible work options for parents returning to the office. The company also covers costs for egg freezing and fertility assistance.
Overall benefits rating: 4.2 / 5
Twitter is well-known for providing perks such as three catered meals a day, but some lesser-known benefits include on-site acupuncture and improv classes.
Overall benefits rating: 4.3 / 5
Walt Disney Co. wants its employees to enjoy the 'Happiest Place on Earth,' so it offers employees -- and their friends and families -- free admission to its parks, as well as discounts on hotels and merchandise.
Overall benefits rating: 4 / 5
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