Work perks come in all shapes and sizes from the humble free office fruit to the more radical things like workplace summer festivals.
Here we have rounded up just a few of the impressive employee work benefits that we have come across this week.
Paid volunteer work, Timberland
Time off is one of the most sought-after employee work perks. Clothing brand Timberland encourages their employees to enjoy life outside of the office by giving them service sabbaticals equaling 40 hours of paid volunteer work per year. Needless to say, employees are also given a generous discount on all Timberland apparel, accessories and of course footwear.
Discounted gym membership, Hershey Food Corp.
Working at Hershey’s is pretty much every child’s dream. But it’s not as reminiscent as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as you might think. In fact, they’re a pretty healthy bunch. Hershey employees enjoy a wide range of health and fitness perks such as discounted Weight Watchers membership. Employees can also opt for a low-cost gym membership at Hershey-operated fitness centres which can also be used by their spouses and dependents over 18.
Concierge services, Ernst & Young
UK-based global tax advisory service Ernst & Young has lots of great work perks like a working parents’ network, parental leave benefits and even a concierge service for all those annoying everyday tasks.
The company also prides itself on its equality. They offer the same spouse benefits for same-sex partners even in states that do not recognise gay marriage.
Cooking lessons, Campbell Soup Company
As you can imagine, the people at Campbell Soup Company are passionate about food and wellbeing. As a result, they offer their employees a bunch of great perks like 100% healthcare coverage, free flu shots and cooking lessons. They also have an after school programme for kids and a lactation room for working mothers.