Casual Friday. Doughnuts at the staff meeting. Company pens for everyone!
While these ubiquitous work perks are nice—and may make going to the office a little easier on some days—they’re probably not doing much for your financial life.
And that’s precisely why some organizations have come to the conclusion that the best and most unique employee benefits don’t just keep employees happy—they also put some extra cash into their pockets.
Just take a look at what these six savvy companies are offering their workers. Complimentary laundry service, anyone?
The Perk: House Cleaning
The Company: Evernote
After a long day at the office, the last thing you probably want to do is scrub your toilet—a predicament that San Francisco Bay area-based start-up Evernote totally gets.
That’s why, in 2011, the company that creates apps to help users remember their ideas decided to help its employees remember to enjoy their free time—by hiring someone else to show up at their house with a mop and broom.
According to Ronda Scott, Evernote’s director of communications, the company offers this unique employee benefit in order to keep staffers happy at work and at home. (Perhaps they’ve caught wind of the fact that being stressed outside the office often translates to less productivity at work.) “The benefits package at Evernote is designed to address the small stresses and inefficiencies of everyday life for our employees,” Scott says.
To date, nearly half of their 250 employees are taking advantage of the opportunity to have their digs cleaned (for free!) twice a month.
How much employees save: $2,400 annually. The average cost of hiring a house-cleaner twice a month is about $200. And considering that most Americans spend about 13 hours a week on household chores, Evernote employees are saving a ton of time too.