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These days, employers can’t get away with simply offering medical insurance and a few days of vacation time as a “full benefits” package. If your company wants to attract and retain the most talented employees, you’ll have to up the ante!
The country’s top employers offer unlimited PTO (paid time off), 401(k) matching for retirement, and flexible work arrangements. It’s also become the norm for employers to also offer perks to their employees beyond traditional benefits, such as free lunch, on-site childcare or an office gym. However, some employers have thought a little outside of the box. Here’s a glimpse at some of the most ridiculous and amazing workplace benefits around!
Everyone knows that Google offers some awesome benefits. They were sort of the pioneer in the work/life balance movement. Aside from free meals, massages, and yoga, Google also wants its employees to expand their minds, offering onsite classes in cooking, coding, and more.
This creative media agency has locations in New York, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles, and it hosts Burger Day once a week. Who doesn’t like a free burger? We also heard that Crossmedia has beer on tap. Take that, Google!
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REI wants its employees spending the holidays with friends and families, which is exactly why, in addition to shutting down operations in observance of Thanksgiving, REI also shutters their stores and refuses to process any online orders on Black Friday. Employees are paid to take both days off!
Face it, everyone works better when they’re caffeinated. Evernote is an organization-boosting app that offers its employees barista training at their Redwood City, Calif. headquarters. You can even work a shift or two at Evernote’s onsite coffee bar if you’d like to test out your new skills.
This Florida-based HR/payroll software provider woos its employees with ice cream and food trucks, along with an onsite farmers market! Additionally, Ultimate Software was ranked #1 in Fortune magazine’s “Top 100 Employers for Millennials” with its offerings of onsite acupuncture, cupping, and treadmill desks.
Love the outdoors? Patagonia is the perfect company for outdoor enthusiasts, encouraging its employees to take time out of their workday to go surfing. Good thing they’re a casual-dress work environment, as you’d surely look silly riding waves in a suit!
Discounted shoes? Yes, please. Zappos offers employees a 40% discount on all items. Aside from that, Zappos employees can nominate each other for going above and beyond on their jobs and earn Zappos Dollars, which can be redeemed for swag at the Zollar Store. Always wanted to be a Superhero? The Zappos Hero Award is given out monthly by management, and the Hero gets a Zappos gift card, an office parade, and a cape to wear for the month.
Aside from the obvious perk of working for a forward-thinking company, Southwest employees get unlimited free travel on the airline. But you don’t have to actually work for Southwest to enjoy this benefit, as it extends to spouses/partners and eligible dependents too.
Are you tired of getting a pen to commemorate your work anniversary? At Boxed, the company will reward your tenure by paying for your wedding. Seriously! The longer you work at Boxed, the more money you’ll receive to plan your dream nuptials.
This Seattle-based company specializes in connected car services and transportation analytics, as well as workplace benefits! INRIX gives its employees full access to test cars and the company. Let me repeat that. Full. Access. To. The. Company. Boat... Mic dropped.
So, how does your company compare to our top 10? If your workplace is lacking a bit in benefits, that doesn’t mean you can’t pitch any one of these amazing perks to your boss. Find a benefit that’s a win-win for the company and the employees. A benefit that builds morale and profits would surely get their attention!