When the job conversation gets around to talking about benefits, applicants and employees know to ask about 401(k) plans and health insurance. But what about 5-star perks like fertility benefit programs, childcare or concierge services? Today’s savviest companies know that providing high-quality perks can help them recruit and retain the very best employees.
Compensation is a hot topic. According to a 2014 Glassdoor survey, 39 percent of American workers say they don’t get paid fairly for their efforts. When that much of the workforce — 42 percent of women surveyed and 34 percent of men — feel they’re under-compensated for their work, employee morale and performance suffer. Furthermore, 57 percent of workers surveyed said it’s up to employers, rather than the government, to address compensation issues.
Smart companies are taking notice. Employee-focused perks are not exclusive to Fortune 500 companies. Smaller organizations are getting into the game because they know they face stiff competition for the best employees, and keeping great employees is far more cost-efficient than managing turnover. And, of course, perks help to define the corporate culture.
At the family company SC Johnson & Son, more than 12,000 employees have access to a concierge service that will see to it that their chores get done. The Wisconsin-based maker of Pledge and Windex offers an on-site employee concierge to handle their daily tasks and chores. Workers can request a concierge to pick up groceries, shop for the best deals on car insurance, interview potential nannies, take a car in for oil changes, wait in line for concert tickets and more. Stress goes way down, productivity and morale go way up.
Elite Lifestyle Management is arguably the most exclusive members-only club in California. From their busy office in Bankers Hill, ELM is a 24-hour concierge that caters exclusively to members and their wide array of requests. ELM memberships range from private memberships, corporate packages being offered as a sustainable loyalty solution for a company’s most valuable clients, to ELM Office which is designed as an enviable perk for employees and executive staff.
“ELM Office provides businesses with an unrivaled employee benefit and business advantage. We’ve designed these memberships for organizations looking to foster employee retention and establish an enviable company culture,” said Michelle St. Clair, founder and CEO. “We work with corporations to better understand the needs of their business and develop a strategic approach that’s malleable to their clients’ and employee’s lifestyle.”
Authorized employees or clients will have access to a dedicated team of concierges that will assist them 24 hours a day with requests ranging from reservations to the best restaurant in town to a private tour of the Vatican.
Michelle St. Clair
Founder & CEO
Michelle St. Clair is the founder and CEO of Elite Lifestyle Management. A San Diego native, St. Clair owned and operated an event planning company with a primary focus on corporate events. After identifying a need in the marketplace for a full-service concierge service, she founded ELM to the lively attention of the community. She draws on her vast work and personal experience to provide a one-of-a-kind service to her clients.
Jessica Petrinovich is a lifestyle manager at Elite Lifestyle Management. Her role in the company is to provide service and assistance to Club ELM members (ELM's invitation-only private membership) She is a graduate of University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in communication.
Toktam Roosta is a supplier relations manager at Elite Lifestyle Management. Her role is to vet and add contacts to ELM's ever-growing network. Toktam is a graduate of the University of Nicosia, Cyprus, with a degree in travel and tourism. She also holds a degree in psychology from Gilan University.
-Submitted by Elite Lifestyle Management.