We spend most of our day in the office, so it’s only fair that employers throw in some perks and benefits that make the long hours and hard work less tiring. But some companies go the extra mile in looking after their employees. Leading the pack are companies like Airbnb, IKEA, and Netflix, who offer an array of perks that go beyond standard vacation and sick days.
The online streaming service provider does more than just give subscribers the opportunity to binge-watch shows when they aren’t working. The company offers a year’s worth of paid leave to new mothers and fathers. Throughout the year, the new parents can return part-time or full-time depending on their need and take time off as needed.
Airbnb literally lives up to its name. The company offers its employees an annual stipend of $2,000 so that they can travel and live in any Airbnb listing around the world. Airbnb employees are indeed very lucky.
Adobe’s required time off is a perk that we all can get behind. The company gives its employees one entire week off in December and one week over the summer. During these two weeks, the company downs its shutters so that everyone can enjoy time off work without feeling guilty.
Starbucks offers full tuition reimbursement to its employees. This benefit covers Starbucks’ partnership with Arizona State University where the company’s employees can earn their bachelor’s degree with full tuition coverage.
Accenture proudly supports the LGBT community and constantly strives to build an inclusive environment for the members of the community. As part of this initiative, the company even supports gender reassignment for its employees.
Google is world famous for its swanky workplaces and employee benefits. It’s a lesser known fact that the company offers a death benefit to its employees wherein the surviving spouse or partner of a deceased employee receives 50 percent of their salary for the next ten years.
7. Southwest Airlines
There are many perks to enjoy if one works with an airline company. But Southwest Airlines does it differently. The biggest perk of working at Southwest is that all employees get free unlimited travel packages for themselves and their eligible dependents.
When employees aren’t tweeting, they are enjoying three catered meals a day. But this is a well-known benefit that the company provides its employees. In addition, employees are also treated to on-site acupuncture and improv classes.
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At Deloitte, employees can avail two kinds of sabbatical programmes. First, a month-long sabbatical can be availed for any reason. Second, a three- to six-month break can be taken to pursue personal or professional growth opportunities. Employees can avail the latter with 40 percent pay.
10. Walt Disney Company
At the “Happiest Place on Earth”, employees of the Walt Disney Company are literally happy. The company provides its employees – along with their families and friends – free admission to all its parks. They also get discounts on hotels and merchandise.
The company takes its corporate social responsibility seriously. Employees at Salesforce get six days of paid volunteer leave every year so that they can spend time on social work. In addition, the company also gives employees $1,000 to donate to a charity of their choice.
It is imperative for companies to not only retain their employees but also keep them happy and interested at work. Perks and benefits go a long way in achieving this.
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