Job seekers see new kinds of benefits as remote work changes the workplace

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Some of the benefits that used to attract job seekers are no longer relevant as remote work continues. So employers have had to listen and change with the times.

Four years ago, the San Jose State Class of 2022 never dreamed it would be this good. There are more than 27,000 job openings in the university’s career center. That’s nearly four jobs for each of the nearly 7,400 graduates this year. This means that they can make demands.

A LinkedIn survey by recruiting firm Robert Half indicated that just over half of this year’s graduates want to work remotely. That means perks like free food or on-site dry cleaning and massages lose relevance and value.

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San Francisco benefits consulting firm Forma says companies are creating a menu of benefits that employees can select from, including help paying off student loan debt. Providing more flexible benefits can help fill an estimated 11 million job openings. Other companies, according to recruiting firm Robert Half, are waiving advanced degree requirements and providing educational benefits or in-house training.

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