Eat, Chill, Travel

Special perks go a long way toward keeping employees happy.


Companies all over the United States are experimenting with ways to keep employees happy. Draw inspiration from these interesting examples we found.



A Lot Of Chunky Monkeys: Vermont-based Ben & Jerry’s gives employees three free pints of ice cream, frozen yogurt, and sorbet every day.

Bottom’s Up: The vital ingredient for happy hour comes free of charge at St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch, where staff members get two cases of beer, gratis, each month.

Au Naturel: At Apple’s Cupertino, CA, campus, the café features organic, locally grown food. Pesticide-free brussel sprouts, anyone?



Right On Cue: The legendary game room at California-based Google includes tables for pingpong, billiards, and foosball.

Pass The Popcorn: An on-site theater, complete with stadium seating, is where Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Energy hosts a free movie night on weekends. On weekdays, it’s just another meeting room.

No More Dust Bunnies: To give employees more time relaxing and less time on housework, California-based IT-staffing company AKRAYA foots the bill for a maid service to clean employees’ homes every two weeks.



Take What You Need: That’s the vacation and sick leave policy at Motley Fool, which offers unlimited paid time off, provided its Fools clear it with their supervisor in advance.

Fasten Your Seatbelt: Employees and their immediate families — spouses, parents, and dependent children — fly free at Southwest Airlines, but friends and siblings shouldn’t despair. Employees earn up to four free flight passes for their buddies every quarter, taxes not included.

This Is Living:Vacations are a no-brainer for Four Seasons employees, who enjoy complimentary stays at any one of the company’s 90 hotels in 36 countries, with discounted meals to boot. Bali is awfully nice this time of year…


Jan. 10, 2013



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