While paying for top talent is important, studies continuously show that money isn’t the only thing that makes people happy at work. Some top companies today have come to the conclusion that offering awesome perks can help them get, and keep, the very best employees. The following 8 companies understand the value of rewarding their employees – and do it in some of the coolest ways possible:
1. Epic Systems
Imagine having an entire month off and getting paid for it at the same time. At Epic Systems, this is the reality for 5-year employees of the business. Beyond offering extensive time off, the company takes one step further: if employees choose to spend their vacation in a country they’ve never visited, Epic will pay for most of the travel costs for the employee and a friend. Epic’s office, located on a farm outside of Madison, Wisconsin, is another impressive perk just on its own. The campus features an Indiana Jones-themed tunnel, a tree-house conference room, a moat, and plenty of green space for outside activities.
Free food, a bowling alley and bocce courts, could it get any better? There’s a reason that Google has earned a ranking for the past 3 years as No. 1 on the Fortune Magazine’s list of the ”100 Best Companies to Work For. ” The company has remarkable offices around the globe that offer, among other benefits, free gourmet food at on-site cafes. And if you’re looking for that mid-day pick-me-up, you don’t have to leave work to partake in in a range of recreational activities taking place in various locations including a bowling alley, game room, basketball courts, and a gym. As for your chores that you didn’t have time to do, Google also offers an on-site barber shop, massage parlor, and a laundromat.
3. S.C. Johnson
The cleaning product company S.C. Johnson helps employees with their chores via access to a concierge service that does everything from returning overdue library books to making sure your dry cleaning gets picked up on time. “To make the best products for your family, we need the best people in our company family,” says the company’s website. The company also offers childcare for parent employees, maternity and paternity leave, and paid time off.
4. Southwest Airlines
Employees at Southwest Airlines enjoy free flights for themselves as well as their friends and family. Additionally, Southwest Airlines employees also receive discounts with a handful of other airlines as well as at several hotels, theme parks, and rental car companies. When they’re not traveling, employees can participate in events like the annual chili cook-off contest, and the Halloween party when Southwest transforms their Dallas office into the “Haunted Headquarters.”
5. Chesapeake Energy
One of the nation’s largest natural gas producers, gives half-priced SCUBA diving classes to employees and their families. Once they’ve learned how to swim with the fishes, Chesapeake also helps workers organize trips to exotic locations like Cozumel, Mexico. Those workers with no desire to SCUBA dive can still enjoy the company’s on-site, 72,000-square-foot fitness center, which includes an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a rock-climbing wall, and a sand volleyball court.
6. J.M. Smucker Company
The perks at J.M. Smucker Company start on day one, when every new employee receives a gift basket and a warm welcome. According to Fortune,“New hires get a gift basket sent to their homes; [other] employees enjoy softball games and bowling nights.” The PB&J Company also reimburses employees 100% for tuition with no cap. If Smuckers employees aren’t looking to go back to school but still want to advance their skills, they can also take advantage of free technical training.
The Yahoo offices have on-site fitness centers with yoga, cardio-kickboxing, pilates, and golf classes. The offices are also well-equipped with ergonomic support chairs and healthy snacks and drinks on every floor. Outside the office, Yahoo offers discounts to California theme parks and ski resorts, and hosts an annual Oktoberfest party. The company will even go as far as throwing a baby shower for employees who become parents.
8. Quinn Emanuel
For a law firm, Quinn Emanuel has some interesting perks. Above the Law reports that lawyers are given a $2,000 allowance to work for one week from anywhere in the world, as long as they work their normal hours. The firm also encourages a casual dress policy to increase employee creativity. To top it off, the company evaluates prospective summer associates (extremely well-paid interns) with parties on law-school campuses instead of the typical job interview.
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