In the wake of a period that’s been coined “The Great Resignation”, which saw a record one million Britons change jobs between July and September 2021, companies are bringing their A-game to snare the best professional talent. This means they’re leaving behind frivolous in-office perks like ping pong tables, snacks and free beer – which were major drawcards pre-pandemic – and instead offering benefits that have more of a meaningful impact on employees’ lives.
So, we’ve pulled together five exciting new work perks which are being instilled in offices across the globe – check them out below.
1. Corporate-sponsored childcare
Paid childcare is more in demand than gym memberships, wellbeing benefits, free company events and enhanced parental leave pay, according to recruitment platform Beamery. Yet just 11 per cent of employers provide childcare as a benefit, the same survey shows.
One of those is LinkedIn, whose PerkUp! employee programme reimburses working parents for care and tutoring expenses for children under 13. The company says it’s helping address the 40 per cent of women who have left or are considering leaving the workforce during the pandemic due to a lack of childcare available.
“Planning a flexible or remote working strategy should incorporate policy planning around how to ensure employees are supported with childcare benefits,” says Katherine Gilbert, LinkedIn’s senior director of compensation and benefits for EMEA and Latin America.
“It’s a worthwhile investment for companies; it enables them to attract the best talent and to build a more diverse workforce.”