For most people, landing a new job is not just about how much money they’re going to make, but about the employee benefits they’ll receive. According to research from Glassdoor, 57% of people said benefits and perks are among their top considerations before they accept a job. Four out of five workers say they would prefer new benefits over a pay raise.
Here are the top 5 best employee benefits workers prefer:
- Health care insurance (medical, dental): 40%
- Vacation/paid time off: 37%
- Performance bonus: 35%
- Paid sick days: 32%
- 401k plan, retirement plan and or pension: 31%
However, there are some unique and creative employee benefits that some companies provide their employees. Here are 5 examples of creative employee benefits some top companies provide their employees.
1. A Pet-Friendly Environment
If any of your employees have pets, you might want to consider providing benefits for them. PetSmart offers employees several pet-related benefits. They receive a 15 percent discount on pet-related merchandise and grooming. They also receive free training classes and discounted veterinary services. They can also bring their pets to work with them.
Dogtopia provides its employees with a personal wellness fund that can be used for doggy daycare and vet visits. Employees that don’t have pets can use the wellness fund for gym memberships and healthy lunches.
You don’t have to be in the pet business to provide pet benefits. Zappos provides its employees with pet insurance.
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2. Unlimited Vacation Time
Netflix employees get to choose how many vacation days they take each year. It could be two weeks or two months.
Metis Communications not only gives their employees three weeks of vacation, but they also get their birthday off too. They also get a bonus vacation week during the last week of December. After four years of employment, workers get an extra week of vacation. After five years, they get paid Friday’s off during the summer.
3. Get Paid to Volunteer
Salesforce rewards their workers for volunteering. They get six paid days off to do volunteer work. They also give employees $1000 each year to donate to the charity or cause of their choice.
4. Freezing Your Eggs
Female employees at Spotify who wish to delay pregnancy can have their eggs frozen. Spotify will pay the cost of egg freezing and fertility assistance.
5. Paying Down Student Loan Debt
Paying off student loans can eat away at your paycheck. PwC helps its employees pay down their debt. They give their employees $100 a month towards their student loan debt. This benefit is available for up to six years. This can help save employees save up to $10,000 when you factor in interest.
You might want to consider offering your employees some of these benefits or none at all. The important thing to remember is that to attract top talent for your company, having an attractive benefits package and an excellent work culture is a must.