Hello, Jobacle fans! It’s been a crazy week on the homefront for me. I just found out that I’m going to be taking a new job within the upcoming week or so, and I’m very excited. It looks like Jobacle is a sweet company to have on your resume, because Lauren recently landed her own new job.
With this change, I have been thinking of an interesting question for everyone in the audience. We need your help, though! Jobacle wants to know what your dream benefits package would look like. Sure, we’ve all had the same old benefits brochure with medical, dental, vision, and boredom insurance (wouldn’t that be awesome?), but I’m talking about a benefits package that would make your jaw hit the floor.
What would your dream benefits look like? Would it be a free new car? A great perk like free meals for breakfast or lunch? A week of paid vacation in Tahiti every summer with all expenses covered? Let us know. We’ve already heard some of Andrew’s list in regard to health benefits. Now we want to hear yours!
Here’s my own short list that I’ve been working on today.
· Paid volunteer opportunities – Many companies already do this, because it has been shown to boost morale. It also brings some positive light to the company that the volunteer works for, even if the company is hands-off in the entire process. Most of us would cherish the chance to help others, but we’re pressed for time. Cost-a few man hours per month. Benefit-a whole heck of a lot of social goodwill.
· Biannual sabbatical – If you had a month off of work with nothing pressing on your mind, what would you do? I have a list of 2-3 things that I would accomplish in that month. First, I would read 10 books. That’s one every 3 days. Definitely doable. Second, I would start my own little side business. I always have fantastic ideas with no time to take advantage of them. Finally, I would train for another ultramarathon. I know that I can’t train for a full one with only 30 days, but I could certainly build my mileage to a respectable level in that time. Cost-even if the time is partly compensated, it’s still worth the productivity increase of allowing someone to rejuvenate and refresh every so often. Benefit-a more stress-free and happy workforce.
· Mentorship – I want access to anyone in the company. President. CEO. VP of HR. Whatever. I want to talk to them one-on-one, pick their brains, and learn everything that I can from someone that is much more experienced and successful than I am. Cost-a few hours of time to meet and talk. Benefit-a more tight-knit workforce and a sense of belonging, and there’s the added chance of some honest-to-goodness bottom-up communication.
I’m just a small voice crying out for some benefits that really mean something. Gen Y is much bigger than little old me, but I know that all of us are wanting something more, even if it’s a fantasy to even dream. Sure, we appreciate the health insurance, but that doesn’t make us want to come to work every day. Wow us. Dazzle us. Your recruiter should have to fight us off with a stick. I know I’m not the only one. What do you want from your employer?