Jobs With Best Perks

February 5, 2012 by staff 

Jobs With Best Perks, Receptionist Chipper “Bro” Bell isn’t making tons of money. But he’s convinced he’s got one of the best jobs in the country. That’s because his employer, outdoor-gear maker Patagonia, lets Bell satisfy his personal aquatic passion: taking off three months each summer unpaid to run a surf school.

More and more, experts say, companies are taking a chance on innovative benefits such as sabbaticals in an attempt to attract and retain the best employees.

Though a generous one-size-fits-all package of health insurance, vacations and a 401(k) plan used to do the trick, prospective employees today are looking for perks that help them address work-life balance and satisfy their creative needs, human-resources experts say.

“I think what we are seeing more of . . . is a total rewards package,” says Rick Beal, a managing consultant at benefits firm Watson Wyatt Worldwide.

Some of these rewards, such as paid sabbaticals, on-site child-care centers and subsidized elder care, can come with a high price tag for employers. Others, such as concierge services and takeout meals, cost far less and have the added bonus for employers of keeping workers at their desks longer.

Many of these in-demand benefits aren’t new or revolutionary. But surprisingly,anlysts say, they are still the exception rather than the rule.

What is clear,anlysts say, is that benefits — other than health-care coverage — are getting richer. Here’s a look at some of the best work perks in the country and some of the companies offering them:

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