The traditional workplace perks have flown out the window as millenials start making their way into the workforce. No longer do traditional perks like good health benefits or a strong 401K entice top talent, but perks like beer, flexible work schedules, or bringing your pets to work. Since the Silicon Valley tech boom, companies like Google, Hulu, and Apple have been creating perks that you would have seen ten years ago.
If you’re a small tech company looking to attract top talent, it’s important to offer some of these untraditional yet effective workplace perks.
Ability to wear jeans
Most companies don’t associate wearing jeans with a perk in the workplace, but it is. Having a casual dress code is one of the most preferred perks in the workplace, according to a recent survey. Not only does it cost the employer nothing, but it’s a great way to keep employees relaxed and creative. If you work in a more professional environment, try offering jean Fridays for free.
One of the most desired perks for those that work at Uber is the amount of credits employees get per month. Uber is one of the most promising companies in the Silicon Valley area and they’re offering unique perks, just like other companies, to attract and retain top talent.
Daily catered lunches
Especially if you have a small team, daily catered lunches can not only increase productivity, but they can also save your employees money on having to buy their lunch or bring it to work. This is also a great way to promote a healthy workplace by offering healthy lunch options.
This isn’t as uncommon as one would think. The Huffington Post and Google have created napping rooms or pods in their offices, a perk that 12% of employees wanted the most, according to CareerBuilder. A quick thirty-minute nap after lunch can rejuvenate an employee and help increase productivity in times when most employees are sluggish and not productive anyway.
Beer and snacks
In a creative workspace, employers have found that beer and other snacks are high motivators for employees. Google excels in this type of environment. One blog stated:
Drinking? While working? While you might crack a beer on your desk at 4 p.m. on a Friday, drinking is just part of the job at Google. The software engineer even revealed that “some managers even pressure their teams to drink.” Googlers also celebrate a “TGIF” every Friday, where even more booze flows freely.
Creating an open environment where lunch is served, beer is flowing, and life is fun is an example of a great company culture in the eyes of millenials. When selling your company, it’s important to not only sell them on why you’re the best company compared to your competitors, but to sell them on your perks and what it’s like to work for your company.
Jessica Miller-Merrell, SPHR, is an author, speaker, Human Resources professional, and workplace social media expert who has a passion for recruiting, training, and all things social media. She is the president and CEO of Xceptional HR, and a leader in the HR community with more than 12 years of industry experience.The author of Tweet This! Twitter for Business, Jessica was named by HR Examiner as the second most influential recruiter on the Internet and the seventh most powerful woman on Twitter.She is a columnist for both SmartBrief and The Huffington Post, in addition to Blogging4Jobs and Human Resources One on One. Jessica has been interviewed for professional articles in CIO Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, SHRM’s HR Magazine, and on CBS.
Jessica earned a Senior Professional in Human Resources designation in 2008, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Business from Kansas State University. Originally from a small town in Kansas, Jessica currently lives near Oklahoma City with her husband, Greg and daughter, Ryleigh.