If you’re under the impression that technology professionals spend 40 hours a week in a boring cubicle with no entertainment, you’re mistaken! These days, tech pros enjoy some of the most exciting job perks the corporate world has to offer.
These enticing extras come as a result of the shortage of qualified candidates to fill technology positions. In fact, 68 percent of chief information officers (CIO) admit they struggle to find qualified personnel to meet their needs. With so many job openings and so few candidates, companies are forced to get creative to land top tech talent.
Not only are companies desperate to attract the cream of the crop, but they have to fight to retain their employees as well. This is where the innovative incentives come in—to make sure they provide a work environment that enhances employee productivity and satisfaction.
We spoke with a few tech pros and did a little digging of our own to identify eight examples of enticing job perks. This will give you a taste of what it might be like working in technology.
8 reasons you’re going to want to be working in technology …
Leave the bag lunch at home
There are a handful of tech companies these days that offer their employees lunches in complimentary cafeterias—Facebook, LinkedIn and EventBrite among the most notable. So forget the morning PB&J prep or the frantic food run on your 30-minute lunch break. Just sit back and enjoy the catered menu prepared by the pros. Besides, food always tastes better when it’s free, right?
Relax and recharge
The last thing employers want is for productivity to be inhibited by employees who are too stressed to perform at their best. That is why Tom Hart, chief marketing officer at IT staffing and consulting company Eliassen Group, says they provide weekly massages for their employees free of charge. “There’s nothing better than a 30-minute massage to recharge your intellectual battery,” Hart says.
Time off anytime
Companies like Pinterest, Twitter and Auttomatic encourage their employees to take the time they need to travel, develop interests and spend time with family. Flexible vacation policies allow you to stay fresh and energized so you’re more productive in the office. So the next time you feel the urge to take a spontaneous 4-day weekend trip to relax on a beach somewhere—don’t sweat it!
Bring your dog to work day… every day!
Employees at Zynga have the freedom to bring their furry friends to work with them-whenever they want! Imagine how liberating it would feel to be able to stay at the office to finish an urgent project without the constant worry that you need to get home to let the dog out. Zynga believes your pets are your family, so they even provide their employees pet insurance.
Sleep on the job
Several studies have confirmed that there are numerous benefits to getting some shut eye during working hours—including increased productivity, attentiveness and creativity among workers. This is why companies like AOL are encouraging employees to recharge their batteries in special napping rooms. So you can catch up on some Zzzzz’s without jeopardizing your job!
Get paid to get fit
Many companies have implemented health and wellness initiatives for their employees, but Silicon Valley startup Imo is taking it to a new level, says its CEO Ralph Harik. Not only does every employee earn a free pair of customized Nike sneakers on their first anniversary, but they keep their creative juices flowing with treadmill desks. Imo also promotes walking to work by offering housing stipends for those who opt to live close to work.
Enjoy your bundle of joy
Having a baby is an exciting time for all parents but the window of time during which they can snuggle their newborn is a small and fleeting one. That’s why companies like Yahoo! and Reddit offer generous maternity/paternity leave policies. In fact, both companies offer new parents nearly four months of paid leave and Yahoo! even throws in a $500 stipend to help cover the endless expenses for your little one.
Ignore the chores
After a long day at the office, there’s nothing better than coming home to a nice, clean apartment—especially if you didn’t have to touch a vacuum or broom! California-based software company Evernote picks up the tab for at-home maid service for their employees twice a month. That way you can enjoy more of your time away from the office.
Do you like what you hear?
Do you think landing a job with these attractive job perks sounds too good to be true? Think again! Check out these five facts that prove there’s no better time than NOW to be working in technology.
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The benefits listed above are true, however they are only available in specific and limited circumstances at a small number of organizations. Rasmussen College does not guarantee or imply that graduates will be hired by a specific organization or be offered benefits such as those listed above.