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Most Outrageous Perks That Employers Offer In 2012

Most Outrageous Perks That Employers Offer In 2012

By Woodrow Aames At a time when companies are struggling to recruit certain talent, established companies and startups alike know they have to dangle perks to lure recruits into the fold. And since free food and drink, stock options and yoga classes are no longer special, sometimes that means offering... Read More »

How Savvy Employees Can Get Better Perks, Even In A Recession

How Savvy Employees Can Get Better Perks, Even In A Recession

By Vickie Elmer Good news: Companies are starting to worry so much that their talented workers may walk away that they're employing various retention tools -- including tuition reimbursement and higher salaries -- to keep their best people. More good news: Two-thirds of companies in the last year have... Read More »

5 Happy Places to Work

5 Happy Places to Work

Staying happy at work is not just good for your health. It's also good for your job performance. At least that's what most employees believe. The American Psychological Association (APA) conducted an online survey of 1,714 people and found that a whopping 93 percent of those who feel valued by their... Read More »

GM Plans To Freeze Salaried Workers' Pensions

GM Plans To Freeze Salaried Workers' Pensions

By Jeff Karoub DETROIT -- General Motors Co. plans to freeze its U.S. pension plan for longtime white-collar workers and give all salaried employees annual bonuses but not pay raises in an effort to hold down expenses, officials have announced. The Detroit-based automaker said roughly 19,000 salaried... Read More »

Case Involving Va. 'No Show' Worker To Go Before Special Grand Jury

Case Involving Va. 'No Show' Worker To Go Before Special Grand Jury

A judge in Norfolk, Va., has ordered the creation of a special grand jury to examine the case of a local community organization employee who continued to be paid even though she had been suspended from her job for a dozen years. As the The Virginian-Pilot reports, Norfolk Circuit Judge Charles E. Poston... Read More »

Finding, Keeping Talented Workers Leads Colo. Firms To Offer Awesome Perks

Finding, Keeping Talented Workers Leads Colo. Firms To Offer Awesome Perks

Silicon Valley with its many high-tech firms is one region well known for its ample -- and sometimes quirky -- work perks. Not be outdone, Boulder, Colo., a city long known for its left-leaning politics and concern for the environment, is also a haven for workers who enjoy all manner of employer-paid... Read More »

Fortune's 25 Best-Paying Companies

Fortune's 25 Best-Paying Companies

Engineers at Devon Energy take home an average $178,305 total compensation annually. See which other Best Companies to Work For offer big paychecks. Read More »

Chicago College Official Gets $500,000 Windfall For Unused Sick Days

Chicago College Official Gets $500,000 Windfall For Unused Sick Days

The Great Recession and subsequent fragile recovery have shifted many Americans' view of taking time off from work. Fearing that they won't have jobs upon their return, plenty of workers leave paid vacation and sick days on the table -- and lose them because their employers require those days to be taken... Read More »

Workers Spend The First Day Of Their Vacations Stressed Out

Workers Spend The First Day Of Their Vacations Stressed Out

It takes almost a day for U.K. vacationers to start enjoying their vacations, according to a survey of 2,000 adults. One third of these travelers start worrying about the stress of getting home within three days of arriving, and immediately after returning home, nearly half of them said that they felt so... Read More »

Survey: Benefit Packages Influence Employment Decisions [Infographic]

Survey: Benefit Packages Influence Employment Decisions [Infographic]

As wages for workers have stagnated in recent years, many employees have become increasingly appreciative of the benefits their employers provide. A recent survey by consulting-firm Mercer shows benefits now play a more important role in a worker's decision to join an organization and stay with it. However,... Read More »

Survey: Only A Third Of Employers Offer King Holiday As A Paid Day Off

Survey: Only A Third Of Employers Offer King Holiday As A Paid Day Off

Since its inception in 1986, the holiday commemorating the birth of Martin Luther King Jr. has steadily gained acceptance among employers, who increasingly have added the holiday to the list of paid days off. Still, though the ranks of businesses that honor the King holiday have grown, a greater number of... Read More »

7 Things (Maybe) To Be Thankful For At Work

7 Things (Maybe) To Be Thankful For At Work

Thanksgiving is over, and Hanukkah/Christmas/Kwanza are just days away now. That means that New Years, along with the resolutions it brings, is just around the corner. It's a good time to begin taking stock. If you're fortunate enough to have a job, it's a terrific time to take note of the things for which... Read More »

Most Employees Unprepared For Retirement [Infographic]

Most Employees Unprepared For Retirement [Infographic]

While workers prize their employer-sponsored retirement plans, few feel that they're prepared to retire. Changes to traditional pensions, known as defined-benefit plans, is one reason U.S. workers worry about they're ability to retire, according the latest "What's Working Survey" from the consulting firm,... Read More »

8 Companies Offering Benefits To Part-Timers

8 Companies Offering Benefits To Part-Timers

By Debra Auerbach Part-time employment, which the Bureau of Labor Statistics defines as working one to 34 hours per week, is the new reality for many Americans. The number of involuntary part-time workers, or those who are working part time for economic reasons, rose to 9.3 million in September 2011, up... Read More »

Job Perks That Are Worth A Pay Cut

Job Perks That Are Worth A Pay Cut

This article originally appeared on OnlineDegrees.com By Jessica Hanley Some jobs are famous for their perks: CEOs get to use the corporate jet, Google employees can see a chiropractor on site, and snowboard company Burton gives employees a free season pass to a nearby resort. But you don't need to be the... Read More »

Americans Leave Average Of 11 Unused Vacation Days On The Table

Americans Leave Average Of 11 Unused Vacation Days On The Table

When it comes to taking a vacation, we Americans are a sorry bunch. Not only do we leave much of our allotted time off on the table, a new study finds, but a significant number of us feel guilty about requesting to use the time afforded by employers. According to a recent Harris Interactive survey, 57... Read More »

401(k) Matches Restored By 75 Percent Of Companies

401(k) Matches Restored By 75 Percent Of Companies

By David Pitt DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Most of the companies that either suspended or reduced their 401(k) matches during the economic downturn have reinstated them, business consultant Towers Watson said in a study released Wednesday. An analysis of 260 mid- to large-sized companies shows that 75 percent... Read More »

7 Companies With The Best Food Perks [Infographic]

7 Companies With The Best Food Perks [Infographic]

Who among us doesn't enjoy a good meal -- and it's even better if it's free or at least doesn't cost a lot. Workers on Wall Street have long enjoyed free food as a perk that goes with the job. The rationale behind the benefit is really rather simple: Instead of being out on the streets of Manhattan, fishing... Read More »

Breaking the Mold: New Work Environments for New Workforces

Breaking the Mold: New Work Environments for New Workforces

By Bryan Clark In days where it's becoming harder and harder to find a qualified employee, some workplaces learned that the best way to avoid acquiring qualified applicants is to retain the ones they already have. With the average time spent at the same job falling to just under 4 years in the United... Read More »

Awesome Workplaces In Silicon Valley: Amenities In The Office [Infographic]

Awesome Workplaces In Silicon Valley: Amenities In The Office [Infographic]

It's no secret that Silicon Valley has a problem finding the talent it needs to fill all the high-tech jobs available in the region. The area expects jobs in information and communications technologies to grow 15 percent during the next two years, Menlo Park Patch reports. The trick for many employers is how... Read More »

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