Career Testing
Career Testing
Career Testing
COMPANY CULTURE / DEC. 11, 2015
version 6, draft 6

4 Strangest Employee Benefits

Employee benefits have become a standard of the job market. Some benefits are essential to productivity (health benefits), comfortable break areas and spaces that are decorated with art. Other benefits lean heavily toward increasing morale which in turn has proven to benefit productivity. Some benefits are just plain awesome and others downright bizarre. These are just a few of the strangest employee benefits.

See Also: Top 11 Companies With Best Employee Benefits for Women

Five Star…Employment?

Concierge, valet and laundry services are pretty much an industry standard of five-star hotels. Well, Johnson and Johnson (yes the “no tears” guys) offer an on-call concierge to run errands for you, like returning library books or picking up dry cleaning. Speaking of dirty laundry JibJab Media, incentivizes people to come to work before 10 a.m. by promising them a free laundry service. Any employee that shows up in the a.m. gets a laundry bag to fill. Now the dilemma is: do you hate early morning Mondays more than you hate doing laundry.

Pampering and Beautifying

According to the seminal pop culture opus Sex In The City “Every girl needs a spa day”. Actually that’s not a quote from the series but it sounds like something one of the characters would say and honestly guys need spa days too. Well, if you work for Google, Yahoo, Nvidia and JM Family Enterprises you can get on-site haircut and primping benefits such as eyebrow shaping.

Exercise Bug

Patagonia the outdoors mega-corporation started with the founder’s love of mountain climbing and respect for the environment. So it would be ironic if a company founded on a passion for outdoorsy activities forced their employees to stay inside four walls all day every day. Patagonia offers their employees time to exercise (outside the office) offering company bikes, volleyball courts and rock walls to climb.

Zappos (the online shoe megastore) offers reimbursement for its employees to participate in endurance competitions and holds multiple fitness challenges throughout the year. Google offers employees free bikes to ride around the campus and also has numerous courts for the Googlers to stay in shape while in their employ.

Paying the Green

Some companies take environmental conservation seriously and Integrated Archive Systems, in fact, pays for it. Employees working for the company are given a $10.000 stipend towards buying a hybrid/electric car. Clothing company Timberland has a similar programme that pays employees a $3.000 stipend towards the purchase of a car.

Google has free charging stations for employees electric autos and Summit LLC offers employees a fully paid membership to D.C.’s extensive rent-a-bike programme. Some companies even pay their employees to commute by bike to work. Of course, England beat them to that.

Part-time Benefits

I left the most admirable for the end. But the coffee peddler and often accused world dominator, Starbucks, actually offers employees working 20 hours or more (which if you noticed includes people that work part time) a benefits package called The Special Blend which is customizable and includes 401K and health insurance.

See Also: Top 10: Companies for Compensation And Benefits

Do you know of any other strange benefits companies offer? Let me know in the comment section below.

Get our FREE eBook!
'6 Steps to Landing Your Next Job'

LEAVE A COMMENT

0 comments

 

RELATED ARTICLES

10 Benefits Businesses Offer Employees
COMPANY CULTURE / DEC 27, 2014

Did you know that the average person spends 90,000 hours at work during their lifetime? 90,000 hours. It’s a mindboggling number. Not so mind boggling is the fact that...

4 Benefits Only Sales Representatives Have
COMPANY CULTURE / JAN 06, 2015

If Willy Loman taught us anything, it’s that being a salesman is a tough racket to be in.  The life of a salesman can be very difficult and stressful. In order to be...

vince vaughn the internship
COMPANY CULTURE / FEB 29, 2016

Employee retention is no laughing matter and employers are well-aware of this. But, with millennials now being the largest generation in the workforce things are getting...

mother with children
COMPANY CULTURE / OCT 14, 2015

Breast milk shipping services? A free personal concierge to do your errands? Office buddy systems? If you’ve never heard of these unusual employee benefits, you probably...

5 Ways Employers Provide Benefits to Different Classes of Employees
COMPANY CULTURE / JAN 22, 2015

Employers are permitted to award employees differently based on class at the workplace. Class of employees is determined by a number of factors, including how long a...

team members fist bump at work
COMPANY CULTURE / MAY 09, 2017

In the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Frodo Baggins embarks on a dangerous quest to take the One Ring and destroy it by throwing it into Mount Doom, all with the help of the...

Get our FREE eBook!
'6 Steps to Landing Your Next Job'
G up arrow