Earlier this year, I wrote a blog about a new workplace benefit – student loan debt relief. Now, it seems employers are again thinking outside the box with respect to employee benefits. The latest workplace benefits employers are offering include onsite meditation, yoga and other programs that help workers de-stress. Other unique benefits are cooking classes, standing desks, bringing a pet to work, and free snacks or meals. All these benefits are in addition to the more traditional benefits of medical and dental insurance, paid vacation, sick time, and retirement accounts.
A recent news article discussed a research study conducted by Glassdoor.com which found 57% of people said benefits and perks were among their top considerations when accepting a job. Also, four out of five employees indicated they would like additional benefits over a pay raise.
These new and unique job perks are structured to help employees with work/life balance. A challenge for employers is finding benefits their employees are interested in. Older workers or working parents are going to be interested in different benefits than younger millennials. As long as employers keep all employees in mind when deciding what benefits to offer, I think they will definitely increase employee job satisfaction.