When considering the career options, there are the obvious things people look for: good salary, company stability, the opportunity to advance. But there are other things — the extras — that you should also keep in mind.
Earlier this week, we talked about the opportunities available at small companies, especially a couple of those listed on the Great Place to Work list of Best Small Workplaces. These companies emphasize the importance of diversity, which can foster an innovative workforce.
Looking over the list of Best Medium Workplaces, I noticed a heavy emphasis on a different kind of workplace incentive: good, old-fashioned perks. At Colorado’s Rally Software, they provide “a game room, office scooters, nerf gun wars, and Friday afternoon happy hours.” Cirrus Logic, an electronics company, has access to VIP tickets to South by Southwest and hosts bake-offs. And at Ehrhardt Keefe Steiner & Hottman, a business consulting firm, they work 11 months out of the year and give employees a $500 vacation stipend biannually.
And then there are the more serious extras, like tuition reimbursement, health coverage for the family, and extended maternity leaves that other companies offer.
By no means do we suggest that perks should make or break a decision to take or leave a job. But in the US, we work long hours. Oftentimes we’re on call when we leave the office. At the end of the year, it’s not uncommon for staffers to have vacation days that remain untaken.
According to the recent Harris Interactive online survey “Vacation Deprivation,” more Americans are taking less time off. Last year, Americans on average took 14 days off, this year it was only 12 days. “‘Fear of being replaced’ and ‘too much work’ were two of the biggest reasons respondents cited in the survey,” the TODAY show website reports.
So a company should make the time that’s spent at the office as pleasant as possible. Moreover, they should respect the time that you spend away from work, resting and recharging, enjoying your family and friends.
A medium-sized company can offer the best of both a small company and a large one — a business that’s intimate enough to offer workers the opportunity to try their hand at a few different roles and build personal relationships, but big enough to offer perks and advancement.
And for someone who might still be exploring the professional options, or has moved up a couple of notches into the midpoint of their career, a mid-sized company could be a way to settle into the next phase of your professional life.
If these are things that you’re looking for, your next job search might be for a position with a mid-sized company. Thoughts?