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1 May 2008


Perks, percolating, smell the coffee. What is it about working for someone else that brings out the sense of entitlement to freebies? I can still recall the wonder at being given employee “perks” but I caught on quickly. Perks were in lieu of regular pay.

Perks were designed to buy loyalty. Perks could be withdrawn if I didn’t behave a certain way. Loyalty included staying until the work was completed without overtime pay. I was told you “pay your dues”. Perks often hit my waistline, but seldom affected my net worth. They were the carrot at the end of a big stick ... 



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Eileen Reppenhagen, Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, and Honorary Member of the Institute of Professional Bookkeepers of Canada, writes and speaks about accounting and tax.  She is a regular contributor to Canadian MoneySaver, The TaxLetter and Intuit Canada’s Advisor Advantage.  

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