Unusual employee perks attract workers


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You probably wouldn’t choose a job solely for the fringe benefits. But if you landed a spot with a company that sweetened the usual employment benefits package with a little lagniappe, you might start thinking: I could get used to this.

That’s what employers competing to recruit and retain top talent are hoping for when they offer employee perks that set them apart from the crowd, says Scott Hamilton, managing director of the human resources and compensation consulting practice at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. in Itasca, Illinois.

Hamilton also has noticed a movement among companies to offer a smorgasbord of employment benefits from which workers make their own selections.

“The biggest trend I’m seeing is one where the burden of the employer trying to pick things that may or may not be appreciated by the workforce … is starting to move to the employees.” Hamilton says.

Beyond employee perks in formal benefits packages are unusual workplace amenities employers provide to keep workers happy.

Check out some of the enticements employers are dangling in front of workers to reel them in and keep them on board.

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