It's no surprise that when business belts get tightened, the perks are the first to go — and that rule seems to apply just as much to small business as it does to multi-national corporations.
A survey last week of 200 small business customers by Dell found that when it came to trimming costs, "staff benefits" (including travel, entertainment and conferences) were the first target. 60% of responding businesses said they had cut expenditure on staff benefits in the last 12 months.
While there's probably not much point staying in a job if its sole appeal is the benefits, there's no denying that the workplace can be less fun if fortnightly drinks get binned, or if a long-planned work trip gets cancelled. On the other hand, it probably beats unemployment. Have you seen cutbacks on expenditure in your workplace? Share your Friday frustrations in the comments. Picture from Wikimedia Commons