Employment, at its core, is a transaction – at least, that’s the dominant theory in the U.S. The worker provides labor, the employee pays a salary. But sometimes the employer provides a bit more than a straight paycheck – insurance benefits, vacation time, or other perks.
As more and more corporations set up shop in and around the Dallas-Fort Worth area, businesses are offering creative perquisites.
“One of the most interesting ones that I reported about was that State Farm is now offering actual college classes for credit on its office campus, which I’ve been told by recruiters is sort of cutting-edge,” she says. “That serves a dual function of both being a perk for the workers but it also helps build the labor force in a given region.”
Cowan reports that unemployment in the Dallas-Fort Worth area was low in November, at just 3.5 percent. The U.S. overall had a 4.6 percent unemployment rate. This is in part due to the large draw to companies in the area – companies which are pulling in more employees and trying to hang on to them.
What you’ll hear in this segment:
– Will companies increase the perks to try to get one step ahead?
– Whether the trend of on-the-job perks is here to stay