Let’s be honest… Non-wage benefits like “fruit Thursdays” or “casual Fridays” stopped impressing anyone a long time ago. At a certain point, companies began to compete with each other in more and more sophisticated additions to the salary, finally crossing the boundaries of good taste and proposing solutions verging on the bizarre.
We did not have to wait long before observers of the labour markets started to take all these fashionable names with a pinch of salt and catch in the offers the provisions that actually carried the promise of potentially measurable benefits. According to last year’s results of the report “Candidate experience in Poland 2019”, as many as 92% of candidates admitted that the decision to apply for a job ad is influenced by “the attractiveness of a given offer”. What is hidden behind this enigmatic term though? In today’s article we have decided to help you dispel some of your doubts by providing a verbal signpost on the way to finding your dream job.
The salary range
Of course, as we mentioned in our previous post [link], money still rules the world. Therefore, it should come as no surprise to anyone that it is this aspect that continues to reign in the rankings for the most effective lure. The bulldogjob.pl portal decided to test the validity of this thesis and asked respondents what they preferred – “Benefits or 100 PLN net more for each benefit?” And what would be your answer? Yes, you think right. By a ratio of 52% to 20%, cash won. The remaining 28% of respondents were unable to decide for one side of this very interesting argument. What if the offers were financially similar? In that case, what basis could we make the right decision on?
A clearly defined career path
Certainly, we should pay attention to the opportunities offered by the employer to dynamise our career path, or simply speaking, the possibility of promotion, usually associated with a raise and broadening of horizons. Purely theoretically, if in the ad of company A there would be a provision for a salary of x PLN, without any specifics as to the potential development, and company B, would offer us a starting salary of 0.85 of the amount of x, but with a quarterly increase of 5% and percentage bonuses for completed orders, wouldn’t it be worth taking a long-term look and calculate what in the end may bring us more tangible benefits? The same would apply to the scope of our competences and responsibilities. The key word here and the antidote for stagnation and burnout is development.
The time of the pandemic has effectively exposed the weaknesses of many processes, questioning their validity and proving that working outside the office can be just as productive as at the company swivel chair assigned to us every day. Suddenly, the handwritten ink signature has been successfully replaced by an electronic one, and meetings and business trips have turned into a numerous amount of video conferences. As a result, some employers have decided to abandon office spaces and stick with the modern model of a man working from home, which, in the perspective of time savings, has become an extremely greedy morsel among those seeking new employment. Let’s imagine Mr Kowalski commuting to the office 5 days a week, 40 minutes a day one way. Seemingly innocent ⅔ hours, multiplied by an appropriate frequency gives us frightening results. Mr Kowalski spends on his commute 1 h 20 min a day, 6 h 40 min a week, and 26 h 40 min a month, that is over 3 additional working days spent on public transport or in traffic jams! Gives you food for thought, doesn’t it?
Flexible working hours
An average person’s day is made up of a number of unforeseen, constantly emerging complications. It would be good then to have the ability and comfort to be able to adjust your hours dedicated to your business responsibilities. “On Monday I have a dentist’s appointment at 9am so I will be starting a bit later, on the other hand on Wednesday I will have to pop out in the middle of the day to take my child to the grandparents because the sitter can only stay until 1pm.” – wouldn’t life be a little easier then?
Or maybe you don’t feel like confessing your hours at all? “Why should I spend as much time in the office as a colleague when I can do it 3 times faster, but after all, I won’t say I finished earlier because I will get even more work…” Another weak point of many talented employees and the paradox of employers who “punish” efficiency. Surely, it would be nice to be held accountable only for the results of the work done without having to look at the office clock, counting down the seconds until 4pm, at which time we run out of the office as if scalded. Fortunately, more and more companies are starting to understand this dependence and allow working in the so-called task mode.If you know of any other motivators that would make you look at your job offers from 2021 with a much more positive outlook, please let us know in the comments!