Source | FastCompany : By LYDIA DISHMAN
Landing a dream job isn’t always just about the actual work. Among the best companies to work for, employee review platform Glassdoor found that employees were just as jazzed about mission-driven company cultures, great career advancement opportunities, and amazing benefits and perks.
Benefits mean a lot to a personal bottom line, which is one reason why companies shouldering the cost of offering extended paid parental leave have made headlines for offering new moms and dads unprecedented time off with full pay, as well as the ability to transition back to their responsibilities. Now with the surge of millennials in the workforce, many of whom are coming in with heavy college debts, even savings options such as the 401(k) are evolving. An estimated 3% of private sector businesses, according to the Society for Human Resource Management, are starting to offer help with student loan repayment.
Recent research from Glassdoor found that more than half (57%) of people said benefits and perks are among their top considerations before accepting a job, and four in five workers say they would prefer new benefits over a pay raise.
- Health care insurance (e.g., medical, dental): 40%
- Vacation/paid time off: 37%
- Performance bonus: 35%
- Paid sick days: 32%
- 401(k) plan, retirement plan and/or pension: 31%
Perks also factored into the CareerBliss ranking of the happiest companies. As one Adobe employee noted on the CareerBliss platform: “The company has great perks for their employees that include company parties, outdoor activities, indoor pool and ping-pong tables, and a computer gaming room. They also have a great cafeteria that provides excellent food.”