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Monster 5 for Friday: Workplace Perks Edition

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Are you planning your summer vacation yet? Not if you’re like many Americans. According to a recent survey commissioned by the Radisson hotel chain, nearly half of U.S. workers didn’t use all of their allotted vacation time in 2011.

Vacation-centric workplace perks are being highlighted by Wall Street and Silicon Valley alike. To boost morale among its youngest bankers, Goldman Sachs is now giving junior-level employees additional vacation time. Silicon Valley tech company Evernote was worried that hard-working employees would skimp on taking vacation days, which are unlimited at the company. So Evernote began rewarding employees for taking at least a week off at a time by giving them $1,000 spending money.

In this week’s 5 for Friday roundup, we’re bringing you five articles bursting with ideas for employee perks that aren’t based on cash and other ways to improve engagement.

5. Recognizing great work is critical to employee engagement, a SHRM survey finds. Over 60% of organizations reported that employee productivity and engagement soared with the establishment of a formalized employee recognition program.

4. What are the four most important perks to employees? TIME has them here.

3. Are you leveraging the talent management cloud to capitalize on the strengths of your employees? Wired reports on several companies using this technology to understand their talent and keep them engaged.

2. Deloitte explains how to identify the skills and employees vital to your organization and build a retention plan based on what different demographics of employees want in the workplace.

1. Human-resources manager took the No. 3 spot on the CareerCast.com best jobs list of 2012!

Happy filing!

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