Pig looking in mirror with coins Creative employee perks distract us from serious problems in the workplace—namely, the retirement crisis. (Image: Shutterstock)

Every day I see another article detailing the latest workplace perk. These range from the lavish (like an in-house barista or free concierge services) to the unconventional (pet-friendly workspaces are one thing, but fur-ternity leave?) to the obvious (when did work-life balance or natural light become a “perk” for a professional established in their career?).

Extras like these can make employees’ lives a little easier and help create a positive work environment. But it’s important to not lose sight of what they really are: workplace extras. An employee recreation room with a ping-pong table and a masseuse on Fridays do little to secure your employees’ financial and emotional well-being.

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