I’m not sure how this sort of thing plays out in other industries, but I’m tired of seeing things like this from tech firms.
“Our client is looking for a passionate and tech focused developer who enjoys a good work/life balance and isn’t afraid of a nerf gun!”
I go to work to get work done because I actually enjoy my job. If you’re listing nerf guns as a perk, I’m not interested.
Then there’s the dietary warfare that we face.
Friday beers, pizza lunches, barbecue, plenty of snacks through the week
I’m a teetotal vegan. What’s my perk at this company?
Or even this.
A weekly allowance for team snacks — suggested purchases include doughnuts, cake, crisps, sugary drinks, etc.
I quit refined sugar for health reasons, so what’s in it for me?
Then there’s the mental health warfare, such as mandatory company days out with enforced fun and team-building (with people you only ever see at such events).
It’s tough enough for me to deal with an office full of people on a daily basis: I’m an introvert with chronic migraine, so the last thing I want to do is force a smile on my face and mingle when I’d rather be at home alone in a dark room.
If you have to list these kinds of things as perks, then you’re getting everything wrong. Look to hire smart people who want to do good work and grow with the company. That way, rather than trying to enforce a mandatory company culture, it will happen – and I hate to have to use this word, but… – organically.