Employers Offer Non-Monetary Perks to Attract Talent

January 26, 2011 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - Companies concerned about keeping their top performers and attracting new ones this year plan to offer non-monetary benefits, a new Accountemps survey has found.

When chief financial officers (CFOs) were asked about the perks they plan to offer or are already offering, subsidized training and education topped the list (29%), followed by flexible schedules or telecommuting (24%), and mentoring programs (24 percent).   

According to a press release, other responses included: 

  • Matching gift programs – 13%, 
  • Free or subsidized lunch or snacks – 11%, 
  • Onsite services such as childcare, dry cleaning, fitness centers, cafeterias – 11%, 
  • Subsidized transportation – 10%, 
  • Subsidized gym memberships – 9%, 
  • Sabbaticals – 8%, and 
  • Housing or relocation assistance – 7%. 


“Offering training and mentoring opportunities also helps businesses develop a more skilled workforce. Flexible work arrangements cost little to implement but show that a company values its staff and their work-life balance needs,” said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps, in the announcement.  

The survey was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from more than 1,400 CFOs from a stratified random sample of U.S. companies with 20 or more employees.