Retention more about comfort than pay

Money gets them in the door, but low stress, good work-life balance are why they stay
By Sarah Dobson
|CHRR, Guide to Recruitment & Staffing|Last Updated: 01/24/2008

In 2006, Bayer decided to introduce some new stress-release outlets at the office — an on-site gym, a games room, a quiet room and, for avid golfers, a putting green and driving net. It also built an all-purpose court for tennis, basketball or hockey and is now building a green space on its property, filled with hundreds of trees planted by students from neighbouring schools

Employees are allowed to use the on-site facilities any time during the day or on weekends.

“We assess people based on results so we’re not monitoring the clock. People go on a schedule that suits them and know what work needs to be done,” says Gord Johnston, vice-president of human resources at Bayer, a health-care and crop-science company based in Toronto.