Is secure parking seen as a "perk" when working at a company?

Sanzer

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Hello, I had prevoiusly though parking was a workers right but looking at the comments there may be a point. I suppose it depends which area you are working. The area that does have lots of available space for parking etc but there is talk of amalgamating different business units so it may become an issue. Re the free coffee I have seen the outsourced team no longer being supplied with this so I do view it as a perk. With my previous role there was alway a shortage of milk so I am more appreciative that we are being provided with it.
 

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what would your opinion be if a government institution gives it employees free coffee?
It wouldn't bother me... They're human and it's a basic perk that should be overlooked IMO. But buying them BMW's and giving them bonuses to the value of Millions, now there's a whole different discussion.
 

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I was a government slave for years and years and trust me , as a caucasion I was excluded from the housing and meidical subsidies in the later years. In the buildngs I frequented there was coffee but the kitchen was covered in cockroaches and picked dry chicken licken bones. If they were spending money on their staff it wasnt on the military side AT ALL.
 

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Yea, also in the Rosebank/Sandton area. We're moving offices and things like parking seems to be an afterthought for them. And it's not like I can hold them liable for damages to my personal property either.

I had to get used to not having coffee/tea anymore.

I see it like this; A company has you buy your own laptop and peripherals so that you can do your job in an efficient way (because what they have is from the early 2000's and couldn't be bothered to upgrade). But then at the same time, can't assure you that the space you working in is secure enough to have said equipment not damaged or stolen, nor be liable for that when it does occur.

I'm not worried about the time management aspect someone mentioned, that's not my concern (at all), so I can't see why they thought this was the reason I made the post. My concern is mostly surrounding safety/security of a very expensive purchase. Something I'd like to take care of as much as possible.

Otherwise I might as well have just saved myself the money and bought a bicycle as I only stay 12km from work.

Insurance should cover it, but knowing the attitude of the company I work for now, I'm sure time off to handle police/repairing of damages and all the related stress coming from that (not to mention the constant worry about if I'll walk back and not find my car and being screwed for months on end without transport) will have to come out of my annual leave.

Like I said, first time in 20 years I've experienced this.

If companies want competent developers to stay or even be attracted to work there, forget the "google like chill room and events like braais" bullcrap, maybe start with tea/coffee/secure parking "perks" and see how many devs flock to you.... because seriously, if that is the minimal we have to consider for work these days, then I don't see why the industry has a problem finding good devs. All they need is the very most basic "perks"
Sounds like the company has bigger issues than just parking.
When you're buying your own equipment to be able to do your job properly then something is seriously wrong.
Never mind valuing employees, it sounds like they don't value their own business.
You should consider moving employers.
 

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That's fine, and I've been struggling re: this communication issue for a while now. It's not hard for them to send out an email to say "Hey guys, this is whats happening", but it is becoming more and more of an issue where it seems they can't even make a decision or stick to one, never mind communicating it. I have also suffered the "We can't pay you on this date, your salary will only be in the first week of the new month" thing, but you know what, I was able to plan around it and make sure it didn't affect me being able to provide for my family because they communicated it in advance and thought of how it may impact their employees.
Yep. I did miscommunicate above.
We always paid staff salaries on time.
Founders (even small minorities) sometimes had to wait a few months
It was hairy... but worth it in the end
 

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We always had free parking. Then CTiCC took over. We got free parking from them, company picked up the tab.
We get filter coffee, Jacobs, Nescafe Gold and frisco, your choice...
ANd selection of teas...
Also, they supply us muesli, All branflakes, Cornflakes. Some perks are needed.:p
 

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I was a government slave for years and years and trust me , as a caucasion I was excluded from the housing and meidical subsidies in the later years. In the buildngs I frequented there was coffee but the kitchen was covered in cockroaches and picked dry chicken licken bones. If they were spending money on their staff it wasnt on the military side AT ALL.
What utter nonsense.
 

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I get free parking at Montecasino. I also get free Ricoffy, Nescafe Classic, teas, Hot Chocolate and also a selection of other coffees like Espresso, plain, flat white, cappuccinos, cafe lattes, etc. from a few Jura X8 machines we have around the office fed with Tribeca beans. Restaurant quality stuff.

It's all perks. I love these perks.
 

Space_Kriek

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My boss gives us free secure parking behind a remote controlled gate. He also build us a carport for the support staff, so that our vehicles are not in the sun the whole day.
We get free ricoffy, milk and sugar. The bosses drink Jacobs or Nescafe.
We also get free beers after work on most days
 

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What utter nonsense.
could show you the letter. I left and came back as a private contractor and charged 6 times what I cost the country before.

Kinda say what you want, technically it was your tax money I was spending.
 

ambroseg1

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could show you the letter. I left and came back as a private contractor and charged 6 times what I cost the country before.

Kinda say what you want, technically it was your tax money I was spending.
You are talking utter nonsense. Show us the letter that states you are excluded from housing and meidical subsidies because you are white!
 

WorldWarII

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You are talking utter nonsense. Show us the letter that states you are excluded from housing and meidical subsidies because you are white!
let me clarify. I moved to a new role in coordination as I didnt want to work in high risk anymore. So basically offices and meetings and things. Myself and two others all applied together to move. We all moved. I was told in my new position I did not qualify for various benifits I used to qualify for. It was not stated that was the reason obviously. But the other two chaps kept their benifits. I wasnt popular in the workplace at all as I tend to share my opinion freely but then why move me the new position in the first place. SO to be clear, thats why I think they were revoked. mayeb not but really ... this is africa

edit : PS, I left after I think it was 2 months, I was being low balled daily. Wasnt even two weeks that they asked I come back and that was when I said Ide go back in a private capacity and work on hours invoiced and so on.
 

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I was a government slave for years and years and trust me , as a caucasion I was excluded from the housing and meidical subsidies in the later years. In the buildngs I frequented there was coffee but the kitchen was covered in cockroaches and picked dry chicken licken bones. If they were spending money on their staff it wasnt on the military side AT ALL.
What was your salary on the later years? I think that from Deputy Director level the salary is based on CTC and the housing and medical is incorporated in the total salary?
 

WorldWarII

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What was your salary on the later years? I think that from Deputy Director level the salary is based on CTC and the housing and medical is incorporated in the total salary?
No I wasn't close to that. Im not a clever man :( .
 

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At this stage, no payment has been discussed. I'm more than happy to pay if it means I have secure parking. But currently it's "maybe just park at the mall" with no provision made for employees at all.

As a business owner, I would imagine you want happy workers. Not disgruntled workers who would leave you at a drop of the hat. I don't see them or you as millionaires and complaining about it. But not providing something you've been providing for years all of a sudden (with no complaint from management) and as an afterthought of "oh well, I guess you can park over there maybe?" isn't what I would call "management" or "leadership".

You want to turn a profit? Have capable people running your business and not taint it? Provide for them as they provide you with the means of making a living.

If it's an additional cost to me, with the current economic climate, then tell me, so I can make a decision and move on to better prospects, but don't keep me on a line with vague bullshit.

Understand that Mr. Business owner? Or are you too high and mighty for the "people on the ground" and "they should be thankful for a salary/job".

Yes boss. Thank you boss. How would you like to **** me today boss?
:ROFL::laugh::ROFL::laugh:

Yes, ok...it's very easy to see where the real problem lies.

We've had a few of your type on this forum before.
 

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We always had free parking. Then CTiCC took over. We got free parking from them, company picked up the tab.
We get filter coffee, Jacobs, Nescafe Gold and frisco, your choice...
ANd selection of teas...
Also, they supply us muesli, All branflakes, Cornflakes. Some perks are needed.:p
Your owners must be millionaires according to MightyQuin
 

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I work from home these days, I have great coffee and my car parks in the garage.
Doubt I could work in an office again, too much noise and the idea of commuting just seems like such a waste of time.
 
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