While employee perks are nothing new, they have become both more unusual and headline grabbing in recent years.
Puppy parental leave
How does it sound spending an entire week playing with a puppy and getting paid to do it?
Well, it’s a possibility if you’re an employee at Brewdog.
24-year-old Gia Nigro is the proud owner of a nine-week-old Goldendoodle puppy (a cross between a golden retriever and a poodle) called Rye.
Gia, who lives in Columbus, Ohio, has her hands full – like anyone who has had a new puppy will know.
Young pups require a fair amount of training to make sure they become household trained and obedient. Luckily for Gia, her employer – Brewdog, announced last Monday that it would be creating “Puppy Parental Leave” with one week’s paid leave for all employees who adopt a puppy or rescue dog.
Gia says: “The policy gives me the flexibility to choose when to take a fully paid week off with Rye, which I’ll be doing next month to get her fully house trained,”
“We know only too well that having a new arrival – whether a mewling pup or unsettled rescue dog – can be stressful for human and hound both,” BrewDog stated on their website. “So we are becoming the first in our industry to give our staff a working week’s leave on us to help settle a new furry family member into their home.”
Brewdog has always been a dog-friendly company, allowing workers to bring their pets to work.
Contributing to the cost of employees’ weddings
Forget about free lunches, happy hours and Ping–Pong tables.
Last year New York-based online retailer Boxed was praised when its co-founder and boss Chieh Huang announced that the company would contribute to the cost of employees’ weddings.
The idea came to Huang when 26-year-old Boxed employee, Marcel Graham, was racing against time. Graham’s mother was gravely ill and he wanted to get married to his fiancée as soon as possible so that his mother could participate in the ceremony.
Graham worked seven days a week, two shifts a day, to save his money. However, he wasn’t making enough to pay for his mother’s medical bills as well as save up for the wedding
Eventually, Graham couldn’t hold it in any longer and broke down. Mr Huang saw his employee crying and decided to do something about it.
“I’m gonna do the right thing and change this man’s life,” Huang told Inc. over the phone from Japan. “We got his fiancée to come in and surprised him; it was water works all around. This is the stuff I enjoy, doing good.”
Boxed covered Graham’s wedding costs and also reimbursed any full-time employee for their wedding up to $20,000 (£16,000) as part of the company’s policy.
“I think that day our employees realised that we understand just how much of a commitment they make to us every day, putting in long hours to make this company grow, and that we’re willing to make a commitment to them in return. I really think that resonated with them.”
So far half a dozen Boxed workers have redeemed the perk, and Mr Huang says there are “lots more on the horizon”.
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