New York strikes again! It’s official; NYC was recently reported as having the longest workweek of the 30 largest cities in the United States. 9-5 jobs are no longer in existence here in the Big Apple, which begs the question, how happy is the workplace?
Many can’t grasp why anyone would put themselves through the grueling commute of the subways, tourist-packed sidewalks, and brutally long workweeks to live here. Many companies with offices in NYC are considered “old school” industries, but they cling to the glamorous appeal of the locale, much before Silicon Valley was born. Those companies are hard at work to keep employee satisfaction up, now that new standards have employees demanding more for the 50-60 hours they work each week.
NYC is one of the most competitive markets for just about any profession. As you might have guessed, catered lunch is growing in popularity among offered perks, to attract high-quality talent and to retain their current staff. Happier employees produce more; the perks trend is just the tip of the iceberg. Massages at the office, work from home options, open vacation policies, and my personal favorite, summer hours on Fridays.
New York is not the only city struggling with tough working and living conditions. As the city Comptroller, Scott Stringer, said in a report released last week, “If New York City is going to symbolize The American Dream, we can’t be a nightmare when it comes to long work hours and commuting”.
We’re all just trying to live the dream, and with the long work hours and commutes, it’s exciting to see companies investing in employee happiness at work to compensate for their efforts.
Comment below and tell us more about the perks you have at work (or wish you had)!