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Nontraditional Benefits, Unusual Perks Growing In Popularity

Nontraditional Benefits, Unusual Perks Growing In Popularity
Southwest Power Pool built a cafe at its new headquarters as a way of enticing employees to stay on campus during leisure hours.

Increasingly, companies are looking to offer benefits that fall outside the normal range: flexible hours, paid lunches, ice cream on Fridays. These perks might not be mentioned in the company handbook, but they're becoming more important in attracting a new generation of employees and keeping the old ones.
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Students Shine at First-ever High School Startup Weekend

More than 80 students in grades 9-12 spent the weekend in Little Rock coming up with potential tech-based startup ventures as part of the first-ever High School Startup Weekend.
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Payroll Firms Ease the Strain on Small Businesses

Third-party payroll companies help relieve work congestion for their clients, says Janet Johnson of Paychex. Smaller companies find it more efficient to outsource the nuts and bolts.
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