While the occasional casual Friday and surprise donut could make any worker happy, there are some work perks that are less common. Some organizations have come to the conclusion that the best and most unique employee benefits not only keep employees happy, but they also put some extra cash back into their pockets. View the list of the six companies that are offering unique perks that could make any worker jealous:
The Company: Evernote
The Perk: House Cleaning
The San Francisco Bay area-based startup Evernote knows how to reward it’s employees. In 2011 the company decided to allow employees to enjoy their free time by hiring house cleaning for their workers. According to Ronda Scott, Evernote’s director of communications, the company offers the benefit in order to keep workers happy both in the office and at home. Scotts says, “The benefits package at Evernote is designed to address the small stresses and inefficiencies of everyday life of our employees.” Currently, nearly half of the 250 employees take advantage of the opportunity to have their homes cleaned (for free) twice a month. Those same workers save approximately $2,400 annually and about 13 hours a week on household chores.
The Company: BodyLogicMD
The Perk: Spa Services
When was the last time you treated yourself to a massage? At BodyLogicMD, the company believes that its employees deserve relaxation more often than that. The network of anti-aging medical practices offers free beauty treatments, like massages and manicures, as often as once a week in their Boca Raton, FL, headquarters. Vic Kuzmovich, vice president of professional services states, “A majority of our staff is on the phone all day, so to get a break for something relaxing is a great way to break things up.” Research suggests that a five-minute massage can reduce stress, and that isn’t the only perk for BodyLogicMD staff. In fact, employees can save just under $1,000 in weekly manicure costs alone.
The Company: JibJab Media
The Perk: Laundry Service
At JibJab, every Monday morning, all 80 employees snag a laundry bag and stuff it with as much clothing as it can hold. In 24 hours, the service returns with clean, dried and folded clothing. The online media company provides employees with the opportunity to relax when they’d otherwise be fighting stains and folding t-shirts. “If [our founders] could offer a laundry service to give their employees that extra hour or two to spend with family and friends, they figured it was totally worth it,” says Mark Phillips, JibJab’s brand manager. With the perk, workers save about $480 based on a low-end average cost of drop-off laundry service.
The Company: Ontraport
The Perk: Fancy Food
Many company’s offer free lunch in on-site cafeterias, however the Santa Barbara, CA-based software company Ontraport ups the ante by providing employees with free breakfast, lunch, and snacks. The program was designed to ultimately strengthen employee commitment to the company and encourages workers to stay on campus and socialize with one another during lunchtime. Employees save at least $2,400 a year, based on Visa survey results that found Americans tend to shell out about $10 on their midday meal.
The Company: Asana
The Perk: Custom Workspace
At the task-management software company Asana, workers receive $10,000 to customize a workstation. That’s right, $10,000! In an effort to make workers more productive, Asana allows workers to design their customized work spaces where they are physically comfortable. While workers don’t save directly out of pocket, the perk helps to boost employee wellness and saves money on yearly treatments for back and neck pain.
The Company: LoadSpring Solutions
The Perk: Vacation Fun Money
After just one year at the project management company LoadSpring Solutions, “RockStar” employees get an additional week of vacation- plus $4,000 to $6,000 to spend while they are away. Currently, about a fifth of all LoadSpring employees take adavantage of the benefit known as “CultureSpring.” For obvious reasons, the perk saves workers at least $4,000. The average American spends about $1,200 on their summer vacations, meaning that a LoadSpring employee could take a family on vacation and still have money left over from the vacation fund bonus to help with their savings.
Benefits are always a nice part of any job. While most companies cover the basics of medical, dental and a 401(k), other businesses take it a step further to provide unique, one-of-a-kind worker benefits.