One start-up has just upped the stakes in the recruiting battle for high-tech talent.
FullContact, a Denver technology company, recently announced this change to its vacation policy: Go away, get off the grid, and get paid $7,500 to do it.
Dubbed "paid, paid vacation" by company CEO Bart Lorang, the policy gives employees the money to pay for their trip away, as long as they completely disconnect from work.
Lorang explained the generous vacation policy on the company's blog:
If people know they will be disconnecting and going off the grid for an extended period of time, they might actually keep that in mind as they help build the company. ... At the end of the day, the company will improve.
FullContact is hardly the first technology company to try to lure talent with sweet perks. During the last dot-com boom, tech companies broke new ground by offering concierge services, massage therapists, dry cleaning, and other freebies; Google's food offerings were so generous that new workers reportedly began to complain about the "Google 15."
Now benefits packages are again in the spotlight. Here are a few other offers we've been hearing about.