What’s your favourite office work perk? Casual Fridays? Free coffee? Maybe a games room?
More and more companies are going above and beyond to help attract new employees and retain the ones they already have.
Here are just four companies that are serving up some pretty impressive employee benefits. Suddenly that office table tennis table is starting to look just a little bit pitiful.
Snow Days- Burton
Authentic companies practice what they preach. So it’s no surprise that Burton Snowboards has a Snow Days policy. If more than 2 feet of snow falls within 24 hours then employees are allowed to take the day off to make the most of the fresh powder. The company also offers flexible working hours so employees can ride before work in the winter or make the most of the weekends in the summer.
Justin Worthley, VP of Human Resources believes that this perk reflects the company culture.
”Our employees are passionate about snowboarding, so anytime there’s a big storm most employees will go snowboarding whether we had this perk or not. So this perk is really just a reflection of who we are.
I think it does help get people’s attention and helps them realize we are an authentic company linked to our core purpose. There are other things we offer that also contribute to this like having dogs in the office (there are usually about 80-100 dogs in the building on any given day), our casual workplace (most meeting spaces are filled with couches and coffee tables vs. tables and chairs), providing all employees with a free season’s pass to a local resort, free snowboarding lessons, and more.”
Nap rooms- Zappos
Do you need to catch a few extra zzzs during the workday? At Zappos, you won’t get in trouble for dosing off. The company’s Las Vegas head office contains a whole host of perks like nap rooms, a 24-hour gym and their very own employee library. Sounds like a bookworm’s dream place to work. Oh, and did we mention they have a shoe shine too?
Discounted luxury holidays- Secret Escapes
Would you like ample annual leave and discounted luxury holidays? Of course you would! Secret Escapes don’t just offer cheap holidays to their customers. Employees are given a 20% staff discount when booking on the website so they can have a taste of the high life too. Paris, Rome, Milan? The only problem is deciding where to next. And with flexible working hours, staff have time to take a lot more trips. Jealous? Us? Never!
Hangover Days- DICE
We’ve all been there. You wake up the morning after having one too many G&Ts and you genuinely wonder how you’re going to drag yourself into the office. Well, if you work at London ticketing app DICE, you won’t have that problem.
The company offers hangover days to staff members. All they have to do is send the ‘music’, ‘beer’ and ‘sick’ emoji to their boss, and they will get the day off.
There is one catch, however. The benefit only counts if the employee was out at a gig for work purposes. No, your best friend’s 30th will not apply.
Speaking to Metro about the perk Dice CEO Phil Hutcheon said, “All our team live for music and some of the best deals in the industry happen after a gig. We trust each other and want people to be open if they’re out late experiencing live music. There is no need for a fake sick bug.”