As talent wars rage in today’s employment landscape, some forward-thinking businesses are offering pretty outrageous perks to retain their existing talent. Think everything from on-site massages to six months paid leave for no other reason than to “explore oneself.” Click through to check out benefits that go far beyond “summer hours”…
You might expect free lunch and dinner—and beer!—at a company like Google. Oil changes and car washes aren’t half bad, either. But on-site massages and yoga, a playroom, back-up childcare assistance, $12,000 annually in tuition reimbursement and on-site doctors and medical services really boost Google to the top.
An on-site fitness center is equipped with a basketball and sand volleyball court, a yoga studio, and rooms for cardio-kickboxing, pilates and golf classes. Employees also get to go to live concerts and barbecues, with additional discounts to ski resorts and California theme parks. Yahoo even goes as far as throwing personal baby showers for new parents in the office.
An on-site concierge will send packages and flowers, pick up groceries, shop around for the best deals on car insurance, take employees’ cars in for services like oil changes and, better yet, stand in line for concert tickets… so employees can focus on their work and leave room for social lives when they aren’t in the office.
Deloitte says their employees can take four unpaid weeks off for any reason. That’s approximately 2x better than the standard two weeks PTO. But they don’t stop there. Employees can also take three to six months of paid sabbatical to pursue personal growth, “career-enhancing opportunities” or volunteer.
If law-school campus parties over job interviews doesn’t entice you, a $2,000 allowance to work for one week from anywhere in the world, so long as you work your normal hours, should do the trick. Plus, it’s a law firm with a casual dress policy.
Employees have the option to take free classes and attend free events, including African dance classes and chocolate-making lessons, plus watercoloring, fly-fishing and improv seminars. They’re also provided an in-house wellness center with primary care doctors and prescriptions pick-up, so they don’t have to wait on long pharmacy lines.
Chesapeake boasts an indoor rock-climbing wall and a 72,000-square-foot fitness center, which includes an Olympic-sized swimming pool and a sand volleyball court, in addition to offering a tuition reimbursement program.
Five options for an incredibly flexible work schedule are detailed in the employee handbook, including one option to leave for two hours during the day to hit the gym. Employees also receive up to $1,500 every three years to fund their personal purchases of computer technology, in addition to free drinks, motorcycle parking, electric car charging stations, a fitness room and indoor bike storage. But the best part is that the office is dog-friendly.