The whole non-salary benefits argument is continuing to gather pace and, in my view, it is an exciting way to differentiate your business and achieve a positive team performance.
The environment we spend most of our waking life in is the office and so it is really important that employees want to be with you.
There is such a huge range of non-financial benefits available to employees these days but the most popular focus appears to be on flexible working.
What is your view on it? Have you implemented a flexible working strategy and is it providing performance benefits and profitable growth?
Taking Fridays off isn’t an extraordinarily new idea. Billionaires Carlos Slim and Larry Page have spoken publicly in support of shorter work weeks since 2014, but the idea has yet to catch on. At many companies, in the San Francisco Bay area particularly, work perks are very entitlement-focused and thrown at employees like Frisbees -- team happy hours, free gym memberships, a fully stocked kitchen, logo-emblazed hoodies, an in-office ping-pong table. These perks were essentially non-existent a decade ago, but have now become so common that employees actually expect them, lessening their appreciation for them. We often hear company leaders soapbox about employee wellness and providing a work-life balance, but does throwing employees a free gym membership truly promote that?