The traditional mentality, of those who believe that “greed is good,” does not necessarily fit the vision of the new generation looking for work.
Now many young people prefer to work for a company that offers them conditions that imply a better quality of life, instead of a succulent salary.
That was at least what they wanted the British Adam Bradford and the American Jordan Swain.
But when they did not find a job that would allow them an adequate balance between personal and work life, they decided to create their own business.
After meeting with Instagram, they formed a consultant with whom they can work from anywhere in the world. And so far they have done so in almost 30 cities on four continents.
“We enjoy the possibility of working from the terrace of a café in Morocco, from a beach in Kenya or from central London if necessary,” says Swain.
There are a growing number of people who prefer to work independently. At the same time, many companies are offering benefits in order to attract qualified employees or to keep those they already have.
But those benefits do not always end up being as good as they seem at first.
“I’ve talked to workers whose companies offer them surprising benefits like dinners, health services and even alcohol if they have a party at home,” says Sandi Mann, a professor of psychology at the University of Central Lancashire in England.
“The negative side is that these employees feel trapped by the company and believe that the firm expects them to devote their life to work. They begin to have less and less life outside the office and work begins to consume them.”
Considering this factor, we explore some of the companies that offer the best benefits.
Who? Airbnb, Macildowie.
Airbnb, the website for renting accommodation, offers its employees in the United States an annual fee of up to US $ 2,000 to stay in any of its properties around the world.
This company was chosen as “the best company to work” in 2016, according to a survey of the Glassdoor website. It indicates the benefit of free hosting as one of the main attractions of the firm.
Macildowie, based in England, offers free travel to its employees. Row Davies has already won two to New York and four to Las Vegas for meeting the goals set by the company.
“After the first trip you do not want to lose others, so you feel like you have to work harder,” says Davies herself.
Who? Netflix, LinkedIn, Virgin Management.
Netflix was the pioneer in offering unlimited paid vacations.
“Our holiday policy is that you take a vacation. We have no rule about how many weeks a year you can take,” the company says on its website.
In the same way, LinkedIn offers its workers in the United States the free time they want to take because “it gives them more flexibility and a sense of empowerment.”
The British company Virgin Management, the investment arm of the Virgin Empire, implemented the same idea in 2014.
It is worth saying that in this division of the company only 180 people work and so far it has not expanded to other departments.
Unlimited vacations may sound incredible, but sometimes the reality is different.
“Freedom gives workers a strong sense of belonging and accountability. In the end, many end up not taking the holidays,” says emotional intelligence expert Travis Bradberry.
Freeze your eggs
Who? Apple and Facebook.
Apple and Facebook had the problem of how to attract women to their companies. Then it occurred to them to offer up to $ 20,000 for their workers to freeze their eggs, in case their health insurance did not cover that aspect.
“We want to empower women at Apple to do the best job of their lives while caring for their loved ones and forming a family,” the company said in 2015.
Freezing the eggs is a way to postpone pregnancy or keep the option available for another time.
However, these corporate offers were criticized because some felt they were putting pressure on women to avoid pregnancy in the short term.
Come and work with your dog
Who? Several companies, including Google and Mars Petcare.
It may not be ideal for cat lovers or for allergy sufferers, but it is a benefit in some companies.
One manager says that having a dog at work has had a “sensational” effect on your workforce.
“Looking at the statistics, pets are more popular than the things we think are essential in the office, such as showers,” says Agarwal Tushar, co-founder of Hubble, which is dedicated to digital offices.
Dogs are present in offices in 8% of businesses, according to research by Reed.co.uk. And the usual thing is that this happens within technological companies or – for obvious reasons – pet stores.
Google explicitly states in its code of conduct: “We like cats, but we are a company that leans over dogs.”
However, employees have to ask their colleagues first if they can take the dog.
Whether it’s unlimited vacations or offices with dogs, the line dividing the house and work is starting to move in several companies.
But at the same time, several psychologists warn that there are counterproductive effects.
“Everyone needs to have some free time,” says Sandi Mann, “considering that at the end of the day, many employees of these companies end up working longer hours than the rest.