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Kelly22
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3/16/2015 | 11:47:51 PM
Re: Clean My House, Please
That's what it sounds like. Here's a separate article on it: http://www.slate.com/articles/business/building_a_better_workplace/2014/09/precation_perks_companies_offer_employees_vacation_before_they_start.html

Apparently it's called a precation (I didn't realize it had an official name), and it sounds awesome. Another perk of the startup world, it seems. Though it's early to call it a trend, I guess, it's something that companies are doing. 
Broadway0474
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3/16/2015 | 11:35:23 PM
Re: Clean My House, Please
Kelly22, how does that pre-vacation work? They ask you to take a couple weeks off between your old job and your new one with them, and they pay you for it? That sounds like the Holy Grail of employers. You sure they actually exist and you're not hearing a myth? It's a brilliant idea. If you move positions within the company, do they also give you that perk? I would think that's when it would be even more necessary.
Kelly22
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Kelly22,
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3/16/2015 | 5:14:37 PM
Re: Dress code
100% with you on that front; I am much more productive in casual wear. Luckily I work in a casual environment, but I know a lot of people (in finance, mostly) who have to get suited up for work every day. For those who don't need to interact with clients, I don't see the point of enforcing a strict office dress code. 
Kelly22
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Kelly22,
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3/16/2015 | 5:11:07 PM
Re: Clean My House, Please
I also give credit to the businesses that are incentivizing vacation time - great way to keep employees happy! Staying on the grind 24/7 isn't good for employee health or productivity. 

It's not in this story, but I've also heard of employers who give the benefit of vacation time to new employees before they start. Instead of starting right away, the new worker is given a sort of grace period during which they take the time to relax. The idea is that they'll start their new role refreshed and ready to go. 

Also, I'd choose working in a treehouse over working from home any day :)
Ariella
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3/16/2015 | 2:02:00 PM
Re: Dress code
@[email protected] casual dress is fairly common today, though I recall a few years ago a tie (though not a full suit) was required dress for IT at a major bank.
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3/16/2015 | 12:58:45 PM
Re: The Ultimate Perk
Working from home is one part, totally flexible hours (other than occasional online meetings) is the other. I slept in until 10? No worries. I woke up in the middle of the night with the solution? Great, get to work!

That kind of flexibility is really hard to find though. Most employers still have that mentality where they expect folks at their desks 8 to 5.
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[email protected],
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3/16/2015 | 10:35:17 AM
Dress code
I have to go to office suited booted daily and I hate it. Greatest perk for me would be to have the liberty to go to office in my favorite jeans. I don't know what good does it do to my job if I go suited booted. I feel more comfortable in casual wear. 
H@mmy
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[email protected],
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3/16/2015 | 10:31:25 AM
Re: The Ultimate Perk
Definitely working from home. I can roam about, open the fridge as many times I want, tease my siblings, take a nap and get back to work after refreshing my self. In my case I think I am more productive while working at home. There should be some days of the week in which we should have the liberty to work from home.
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3/16/2015 | 8:10:10 AM
Clean My House, Please
When I thought about your question, which perk would I like the most, free house cleaning was the first thing that popped into my head, so I was delighted to see that the folks at Evernote have built this into their perks.

I also would LOVE to work at the Epic campus, Treehouses are infinitely cool.

For the most part, though, as you rightly note, a lot of these perks seem designed to appeal to those who never have time to leave the "campus.: That's why I'm most impressed by the companies that are incentivizing workers to take their vacation time. That's a true productivity enhancer that far to many of us (myself included) find too many excuses to overlook. It never seems like the right time to take vacaton time...and even when we do, we never really disconnect.

So in addition to, or even in lieiu of the financail incentive for vacations, it would be nice for companies to figure out how to truly help their employees unplug by having enough staff to truly cover another person's work while they are out of the office.

 
Kelly22
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3/15/2015 | 10:17:13 PM
Re: Perks ? Is Money Not Enough ?
I think for most people, a higher salary is enough to lure them from one company to another. But when we're talking top tech positions, some peoples' skills are in such high demand that they can earn a good living no matter where they work. If two companies are offering high salaries but one also offers catered lunches/dinners, that one suddenly becomes more appealing 
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