Re: FWD: a question about "atmospheric" benefits

Subject: Re: FWD: a question about "atmospheric" benefits
From: edunn -at- transport -dot- bombardier -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 7 Nov 2000 12:20:33 -0500

While I agree with everything else that's been said with regards to the
mentioned "benefits" being available how about looking at it from this angle:

Form the original post, the salaries offered are "several thousand" below

"free lunch every other week" >> cost to company:$5-10/2wks
"free coffee, tea, and cocoa" >> cost to company:$2.5-5/wk (a cup of coffee
costs less than 25 cents)
"flexible work hours">>cost to company:$0/wk (but it does force managers to
actually manage)
"occasional telecommuting acceptable (once a week is the standard)" >> cost to
company:$0/wk (or are they providing equipment? and again, it does force
managers to actually manage)
"casual dress" >> cost to company:$0/wk (Doesn't even save the employee money on
clothes. Costs more for a number of outfits than it does for a pair of suits and
a supply of white shirts and a couple of ties)
"a standard 40-hour week" >> cost to company:$0/wk (In fact, this should be the
norm. I get time and a half for anything over 37.5 hrs/wk. For a company to
expect continuous overtime without compensation means they want (forced)
volunteers, which in my view is reprehensable.)

This means the "Great Perks" amount to no more than $400-450/yr which in no way
approaches "several thousand".
The boss has to be naive if they think employees are too dim to realize this. I
think what should also be apparent is that the effort required on the part of
management to offer these benefits is also negligible. Most employees are also
aware of this.
Many of the suggestions for better work atmosphere "perks" do require real
effort on the part of management and may therefor translate into dollar
equivalencies when comparing job offers.

Eric L. Dunn

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