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Perks at Work - A Good Thing?

By Andy Warren, 2008/02/25

Free oil changes, extra week of vacation when you get married, etc, etc, all things mentioned in this article someone forwarded to me. But are these good things? Don't get me wrong, free is good, but there are a few things I think about when it comes to perks:

I used to work for a company that didn't have many day to day perks, but once a year they sponsored a 3 day company cruise. Employees that had been with the company were able to go at no cost, those with more than three tenure could take their spouse along at no cost. People loved to talk about the last cruise and the next cruise, and it was a powerful message to send to prospective employees - we are not a poor company, we like to have fun, there are benefits to sticking with us. Eventually it was cut when the company was acquired because 'the shareholders wouldn't understand'. I'd think shareholders understand recruiting and retention, but what can you do?

Given a choice of spending $1000 on a cruise once a year, or dribbling it out throughout the year on smaller things, I'd go for the big splash. That presumes OR though. If you can afford to do both, should you?

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