I always enjoy discussing with others their job, what they do and perks they might get for the position they hold. I find it interesting to know what others might have and how my perks stack up against theirs. Not that I am competitive or anything, but I guess I may be nosy. It’s no secret, that majority of workplace ads and hiring is geared towards today’s generation Y. And perks are a big part of it, especially during the hiring stage in hopes of luring in the best candidate. Long gone are the days of going to work, doing your job and getting paid for the hours you put in. Instead perks have become the norm. Superior health benefits, car allowance, gas allowance, cell phone, tuition reimbursement are just some of the perks offered by employers.
I should warn you though. If you’re not part of the Y generation or are a baby-boomer or part of the X generation, this post may get your blood boiling, because that young-in sitting down the hall in office ABC is getting the same perks as you, which is fine, except you’ve been working 20 years longer than him. Some could say, that generation Yers have hit the jackpot in terms of job perks and I would totally agree with them, because I’m living proof of excellent job perks.
Come to think of it, I can not imagine a job today without some perks. Health benefits, dental and optical have become standard for even low-ed factory jobs. After three months you qualify for some for of health coverage. In my young, yet not so young career I’ve had the pleasure of discussing job perks with a number of people. Probably the best of them was an ex, who worked for Bayer Pharmaceuticals. Talk about a hefty package.
This package sure made me reflect on my own, but than again I came to my senses and realized this is pharmaceuticals, where nothing is too expensive. Some of the perks that she had was 100% health coverage (dental,medical,optical), around $1200 annually towards R&R (masseuse), 5 weeks vacation, 14 personal days, 21 sick days, monthly car allowance, monthly gas allowance, profit sharing plan, cell phone paid for, 407 (private toll highway in Toronto) and last but not least, $5,000 education fund towards furthering her education, pharma related or not.
I’m still happy with my job perks. Currently I get 80% health & dental coverage, 407 tolls paid for, cell phone paid, travel annually to Las Vegas (trade show) and roughly 2-3 other shows/conferences across Canada/US (outside of Ontario), monthly car & gas allowance and year-end holiday bonus, two weeks vacation and 5 sick days. Overall I am satisfied with my perk package. The travel is a total bonus and has allowed me to see parts of Canada/US that I probably would have never seen otherwise. I’m sure we all think to some degree that we deserve more, but let’s not get too greedy. There are a lot less fortunate than us who simply don’t have the luxuries of job perks offered in their position.
Readers; What are your job perks? Are you satisfied with them?