Thanks for sharing that Kathi. Benefits are great, I'm all in favour. Especially sabbaticals. I hope Steve is enjoying his.
The explosion in benefits coincides with a problem that has become a bit of a bugbear for me though. In recent years companies have taken to throwing around benefits like confetti, largely in order to help keep wage rates down. In fairness much of it is partly an effort to improve the employee experience, help charities, support particular cohorts of employees like new parents and so on. But the main driver is wage rates. This is one of the contributors to the niggardly increase in incomes enjoyed by the world's workers in recent years while profits have boomed. It is a yearly mantra - "sorry we don't have any extra money for salaries but look, we'll give you free fruit 2 days a month instead".
I can only assume that these benefits either cost significantly less than decent wage increases, or aren't properly costed. My guess is the former.
So to your advice about enjoying benefits, may I add the advice to keep your eye firstly on the cash. Make sure you are paid what you are worth and that you get what you need. Enjoy the benefits, but don't count on them.
I would add too that low employee turnover is not as simple as it seems and it doesn't necessarily work both ways. Employees often stay because they like the benefits and because they are paid enough, but that doesn't mean they are happy or productive. Public Service organisations are obvious examples of this. Low turnover is one crude indicator but better measures are productivity and employee engagement. These are the things that really impact on the bottom line.
Thanks, and keep up the great blogging!