An Accountemps survey asked more than 1,400 U.S. CFOs what perks (if any) their companies will offer or plan to offer this year to attract and retain talent. Here's what they said:
29% Subsidized training/education
24% Flexible work hours or telecommuting
24% Mentoring programs
13% Matching gift programs
11% Free or subsidized lunch or snacks
Employers also mentioned childcare, dry cleaning services, subsidized transportation and gym memberships, sabbaticals, and housing or relocation assistance.
I'm not surprised training is the top priority, since employees always want training and development even in a good economy. Training and development budgets were down in the Great Recession, and now employees are hungry to polish their skills and learn something new. Bring on the PowerPoint presentations and three-ring binders! CFOs should cue up the Miami Sound Machine and get ready to sweat, because everyone's going to want some training.