With the greater focus on quality of life and improved work/life balance that is being seen in workplaces more and more, perks are beginning to shift from being viewed as optional extras to being viewed as a important considerations for taking or keeping a job. Many employees report that they would be willing to forego a pay raise for certain perks. There are many different kinds of perks that may be offered, the most sensible perks to offer depend on the structure of the company.

Paid Time Off

Most companies offer employees time off, with two to three weeks being relatively standard. Some companies are beginning to offer different models for paid time off, though, like one company that offers employees a five week sabbatical every five years. Other companies are starting to offer reimbursement for vacation costs such as food, lodging, and transportation to encourage employees to actually use vacation time to travel and relax.

Flex Time

Companies are beginning to see the value in allowing employees to create their own schedules. As long as employees finish all of the necessary requirements and put in the allotted amount of time, employees may work a Sunday instead of a Friday or work from 11-7 instead of 9-5. This flexibility allows employees to take care of family needs, avoid rush hour traffic, and ensure better self-care.

Free Food

There is no denying that the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach. Everyone has to eat, so many companies have started to offer food on certain days such as “pizza Fridays” or even an in-office salad bar or the like. These offerings may allow employees to take a break and socialize more than the standard lunch break at the desk, in addition to the perk of free food.

Game Rooms

While it’s certainly not something that every company structure can support, many tech companies have begun to add game rooms to their offices. Game rooms may include traditional games such as pool and darts or even have over-the-top options such as climbing walls. Game rooms allow employees to compete and collaborate across department lines.

How Perks Benefit a Company

Perks allow a company to express appreciation for top talent while providing unique incentives that will prompt employees to apply or stay. Many perks help employees to remain better rested, healthier, and happier. Employees that are content, well fed, and well rested are much more likely to put forth their best efforts and stay loyal to a company.