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15 Most Unusual Benefits at Inc.’s 2018 Best Workplaces
At Inc.’s 2018 Best Workplaces, health insurance and retirement plans–often with an employer match–are table stakes to be even considered for the top tier. Here’s a look at some of the more unusual benefits these companies offer.
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Will and Estate Planning
Employees at McLean, Virginia-based management and technology consulting firm M2 Strategy have access to will and estate planning, work-life-solutions counseling, legal support, child care assistance, and even a 24-hour gym.
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Local business communication platform Podium, in Lehi, Utah, swears by the “Work hard, play hard” motto. Departments have celebrated hitting goals with ax-throwing lessons, aerial skiing, bobsledding, and trips to immersive virtual reality theme parks.
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Views and Brews
Look out the window at HireVue‘s South Jordan, Utah, headquarters, and you’ll have beautiful mountain views. The online interview platform also has trivia nights in its on-site pub, and TED Talk-style lunches.
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Fantasy ‘Bachelor’ Leagues
Have a knack for guessing who will get the final rose? Employees at Legacy Marketing in Chicago make their picks in fantasy leagues for the reality TV show. Don’t worry–they compete in fantasy sports leagues too.
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Hybrid Car Reimbursements
Besides tuition help, gym memberships, and company cellphones, Arlington, Virginia, management consultancy Enterprise Knowledge reimburses employees up to $3,000 for the purchase of a hybrid car.
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#success-stories Slack Channel
New York nonprofit Charity: Water likes to recognize employees for their hard work. Its “High Five” Slack channel is devoted to giving kudos to workers who go above and beyond. Praise aside, the MVP at the end of every quarter gets a gift.
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Salons and Skis
Need a haircut? Lehi, Utah-based online fashion and home decor retailer Jane.com has an in-house, full-service barbershop for its employees. They also get daily ski passes, and new parents can bring kids up to 9 months old to work.
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Dallas-based boutique financial consulting firm Embark adds employees to its cellphone plan after their first year and buys them new iPhones after their second year.
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Perks for Parents
New parents can work half of their hours at home in the eight weeks after their return to Outreach, a Seattle-based software company. During that time, Outreach also pays for a night nurse on weekdays and dinner delivery twice a week.
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Infinite Energy bought the naming rights of an arena, theater, and forum in one of its service territories. Since then, employees of the natural gas and electricity company have landed free tickets for such artists as Justin Timberlake, U2, and Carrie Underwood.
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Learning to Fly
Ever wanted to fly? The San Francisco-based health care technology company pMD offers employees free flight lessons.
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Feeling tense? Look no further than the office to pamper yourself at Pro Athlete. The Kansas City, Missouri-based sporting goods retailer boasts an in-house spa with a massage therapist, plus a sauna and free breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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San Francisco’s Lob.com, a mailing and printing service for developers, celebrates work anniversaries, or “lobiversaries,” with gifts like bread machines for year one. Stick around for another year, and get a round-trip ticket to anywhere. The third year? A Michelin star meal.
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San Francisco-based social media management software company Buffer knows the power of a good welcome gift. All new employees and their partners get a Kindle and unlimited e-books. Last year alone, Buffer’s 50 employees and their partners read 2,173 books.
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Summit, New Jersey-based bedding company Boll and Branch wants employees to take their work home–in a good way. New hires get a complimentary sheet set and a makeover of their bedroom and bathroom in their first six months with the company.
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