Absolutely. This is a much talked about topic. Many of you have
probably already heard stories about companies that use innovative
benefits to attract staff. In Silicon Valley, some companies have
gone as far as to allow employees to bring their pets to work. A
few ideas that you might be less allergic to include:
- Move your company's headquarters to an easy commute location.
If most of your employees live in the suburbs, why make them
commute downtown every day? Take space in a suburban office park
near where most of them live. Locating your company near public
transportation can also boost your recruiting efforts.
- Allow employees to take sabbaticals. Why not give your
employees three to six months off once they have worked for your
company for five years? Having a sabbatical policy will sound good
to those you are trying to recruit and will no doubt keep many
employees from seeking other employment as they approach their
fourth and fifth years with your company.
- Job sharing. There are a lot of talented people out there -
successful, well-educated moms; experienced workers nearing
retirement age who just aren't ready to give up working - who could
be very valuable to your company on a part-time basis. Pair them up
and bring some invaluable experience to your company.
- Onsite day care. No one likes to leave their child across town,
and let's face it, most workers have childcare issues. Give your
company a leg up in the recruiting race by offering a strong,
in-house childcare option.
- Telecommuting. Many workers don't like to waste time commuting
to work. Let them work from home - at least part of the time.
- Flex time. Some people are early birds. Let them start work at
7:00 a.m. Allow the night owls to arrive at 10:00 a.m.
Small companies can get personal in the hiring process and
assemble different compensation packages. By allowing workers to
take off the time that they need and sign up for the benefits that
suit them, small companies can outfox large companies and attract
This article is courtesy of Careerbuilder.com