Topic: benefits

10 Unique Job Benefits That Will Lure Top Employees

10 Unique Job Benefits That Will Lure Top Employees

Most of the time, choosing the right job for you is a lot more complicated than the salary and job description. Job benefits often lure job candidates to and from certain employers. In fact, in 2011, 63 percent of workers younger than 40 agreed that their retirement program was an important factor in accepting their job. Similarly, 46 percent of all workers agreed that health benefits were also an important factor in accepting their job. More »

Gloria Steinem: Sick Day Benefits Are Good For Women

Gloria Steinem: Sick Day Benefits Are Good For Women

When it comes to paid sick leave, the US is out of step with the rest of the world. About 40% of workers in the private sector here are not paid for days they miss work because they’re sick. Around the world, more than 160 countries guarantee some kind of paid sick leave, but the US leaves it up to individual employers to decide. A debate in New York, led by Gloria Steinem, is reviving the question: Should all workers get a few paid sick days a year, or would mandating that cost businesses too much money? More »

Taking A Vacation Day Is A Revolutionary Act? Give Me A Break.

Taking A Vacation Day Is A Revolutionary Act? Give Me A Break.

In a recent ad for the Las Vegas tourism industry, a woman in a drab work outfit climbs on top of her desk to make a Norma Rae-style announcement: She has 47 vacation days, and she intends to use them. “We come in day after day!” she exclaims to her gobsmacked colleagues. “That ends now! They’re our days! Let’s take back our summer. Who’s with me?” Cautious at first, the overworked crowd eventually explode into cheers.

In another recent ad series, McDonald’s encourages workers to stick it to the man by … taking a lunch break. The campaign, called “It’s your lunch. Take it,” employs mildly revolutionary taglines like “It’s time to overthrow the working lunch.” But is eating lunch a special perk? Is taking the vacation days she’s earned something that an employee should have to fight for?
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Awesome Company Doubles New Moms’ Salaries After Maternity Leave

Awesome Company Doubles New Moms' Salaries After Maternity Leave

Coming back to full-time work after maternity leave is notoriously difficult. Many women intend to come back, but don’t, for a variety of reasons: They miss their baby, they don’t feel physically ready, breast-feeding is onerous, or the costs of child-care cancel out their salary. This is how many women end up stepping away from the workforce for at least a few years, which ends up lowering their lifetime salaries significantly. Now, one Australian company is trying to do something about that: It’s offering women a “welcome back to work payment” after maternity leave. More »

Discrimination Against LGBT Workers Isn’t Just Mean, It’s Insanely Expensive

Discrimination Against LGBT Workers Isn't Just Mean, It's Insanely Expensive

We usually think of the costs of workplace discrimination in terms of those who get the brunt of it: Harassed workers are the ones who suffer psychologically, financially, or even physically from abuse in the workplace. But discrimination hurts businesses, too. A new report explains exactly how expensive it is for companies to discriminate against gay and lesbian workers. From productivity losses to retention problems to costly lawsuits, discrimination against LGBT employees isn’t just mean, it’s stupid. More »