As a dog owner, I’m grateful that TINYhr lets us bring our pooches to work. It’s a real treat for us dog owners. I don’t have to worry about my dog being home all day and not getting a chance to go out. Nor do I have to spend time on expensive doggie daycare. And of course, there’s the fun that comes with a furry, tail-wagging friend greeting you when you return from a meeting.
With the hours we spend at the office, there are plenty of employee perks employers can consider to make a workplace a little friendlier. Here are just a few:
Napping Rooms (AOL) Some employers give you gym memberships, other give you...naps. Turns out an afternoon snooze is a relatively straightforward, short-term way to boost employees’ productivity. In a nap study, participants slept for an average of 26 minutes, which led to 34% improved performance and 54% improved alertness. Who doesn’t love naptime?
Home Cleaning Services (Evernote) It’s not hard to leave dishes in the sink or neglect the vacuuming when you’re trying to balance a full work week, soccer practice, flute lessons, and of course, your Netflix queue. At Evernote, each of their 250 workers get their houses cleaned twice a month—and Evernote foots the bill. CEO Phil Libin says, “Happy workers make better products.”
Unlimited Vacation Days (HubSpot) No vacation policy is the new vacation policy. At Hubspot, there are “no paid time off forms, no vacation rollover, nothing.” Hubspot trusts their employees, and it’s not just lip service. They give their employees the autonomy to take time off when they need it.
Beer (Yammer) If you’ve ever spent time in a frat house, it might seem counterintuitive that beer can aid in strategic thinking. But research suggests that having a drink at work can help with problem solving. But don’t be so quick to rush to the front of the keg stand line. It’s a mild buzz—not a binge—that can take the edge off of a stressful day, and also facilitate creativity.
These are just a few of the many ways in which employers are creating healthier, more productive work environments. What great office perks are you seeing around the office?