Approximately 33,000 people work at Google. Google employees experience some great corporate perks such as on-site rock climbing walls, permission to work on personal projects, etc.
Public accounting (my industry) heavily emphasizes hours worked. Netflix, in contrast, does not have set hours or days to work. Instead, management of Netflix focus on what gets done. This is just one of many great corporate perks.
We can’t all work at google or Netflix but we can experience some pretty good corporate perks. Perks are becoming more prevalent in the workplace. I hope to see these in the near future:
On-site masseuse – Nothing feels better than a good massage. I’ve only had two professional massages in my life and they helped relieve my back aches. Maybe you’re like me and carry your stress in your neck and shoulders. Massages help relieve that stress.
For anyone who works in an office at a desk or in front of a computer, proper posture is hard to maintain. Without good posture, your back starts to hurt. Oh how a good massage would help that back ache and allow me to be more productive.
A full-time on-site masseuse would be fairly expensive as far as corporate perks are concerned. I think the employees’ productivity would make up for that money pretty quickly (depending on the size of the company/office of course) but one day a week is probably a good place to start.
On-site chiropractic care – My family relies heavily on our chiropractor for more than just sore backs and necks. Your spinal column being out of proper alignment can cause more than just a sore back or neck. You can treat the sniffles, fevers and so much more just by getting a chiropractic adjustment.
In fact, we took both of our youngest children to see the chiropractor within a few days of being born. A natural birth is very hard on a baby and a slight adjustment can help that baby be comfortable. Our chiropractor was also the one who diagnosed my appendicitis and shingles.
As with an on-site masseuse, an on-site chiropractor would help productivity by allowing people to be more comfortable. They could sit for longer periods of time without having to get up as frequently. It would also cut down on the number of sick days used by employees because problems could be fixed or prevented. Can you envision this as one of your corporate perks?
Free supply of healthy foods – If you’re anything like me, you get the munchies in the mid-morning and in the afternoon. I try to bring something healthy with me to the office to satisfy those periods of hunger but I’m not always able to do so. When I don’t bring something, I do one of two things. Either I convince myself to drink more water to fill up or I go down to the lobby shop and buy something. Option one is good; option two is not quite so good.
A healthy supply of fruits and vegetables would be better than the frequent leftover cookies and cakes. You could satisfy that need for something crunchy by eating a couple of celery or carrot sticks. You could satisfy the sugar urge by eating some grapes.
Some businesses implemented this corporate perk a long time ago. Kudos to them. I can’t wait to see it more. An extra $200 a week to buy healthy snacks for employees would be earned back quickly by more productive employees.
Free coffee, tea and sodas are corporate perks but those are already popular. I have, however, witnessed companies that do not offer free coffee for employees. I guess the cost must be too high (please note my sarcasm).
What other corporate perks do you wish your company would have? Do you think you would be more productive if you had more corporate perks? A definitive return on investment has to be realized before those corporate perks will ever be implemented. If you want them, prove they will help.