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Uncommon Work Perks That Maintain Employee Motivation

Many companies provide perks, because they know happy employees are more productive, loyal employees. But some companies take their benefits to the next level. The best business owners know healthy minds and bodies will keep the company healthy by improving employee motivation. Take a look at what some companies offer their employees, plus a few additional perks you should consider adding to your list of benefits.

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Outdoor clothing and equipment retailer Patagonia provides its employees with exercise-related stress relievers. For instance, staff can join the on-site yoga class offered every morning where they can clear their heads and stretch their limbs to start the day off right. The California-based company also provides bikes as well as a volleyball court. The front desk posts a daily surf report and announces when the surf will be especially good that day, encouraging employees to duck out of the office and catch some waves.


Employees don’t always have time to pack a lunch for themselves, which is why Google has free food for all employees. Not only do they provide lunch, but also dinner for those who work late. They too offer yoga to staff members, but the tech giant takes it a step further and provides in-house massages as well. Google knows well-maintained cars make for punctual employees, so it provides on-site oil changes and car washes.


Akraya knows how to keep employees’ minds on work, rather than on home problems. Every two weeks, the company sends personal cleaners to employees’ homes; this helps staff members focus on the tasks at hand, rather than home maintenance and upkeep.


Evernote is best known for its office workspace apps, but the company also offers some nice office perks, like unlimited paid vacation for employees. Of course this doesn’t mean people can stay on salary while on vacation indefinitely. Instead, Evernote has taken the approach that as long as projects are finished on time and deadlines met, employee vacation time shouldn’t be monitored, only the quality of their work. This is a question of productivity, rather than hours spent on a job. “Frankly, we want to treat employees like adults, and we don’t want being in the office to seem like a punishment,” says Evernote CEO Phil Libin. “We’re still measuring you on the same thing, which is, did you accomplish something great?”

Here are some additional perks to consider:

Gym Memberships

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The Harvard Business Review deduced that employee wellness programs shouldn’t be seen as a perk, but as a strategy for increased productivity. Healthy employees cost businesses less, are happier, more productive and are more likely to bond with fellow employees. This camaraderie promotes company loyalty. Of course, not all companies have the means for in-house yoga and volleyball courts, but most companies can provide memberships to a reputable gym.

Sponsored Sports Teams

Company-sponsored sports teams can create true unity in your business. When you sponsor the team, not only is your logo on the jerseys, you create an “us versus them” mentality that can bring your employees closer to the company as well as each other improve employee motivation.

Tuition Reimbursement

Education is an important part of employee motivation and growth. That’s why many companies promote further education in the form of tuition reimbursement for classes at the local university or institution. Of course, not everyone has time for college courses, so other companies provide employees with an allowance for books that will increase their knowledge.

Alex Clark-McGlenn is currently earning his MFA in creative writing from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. He has been published in eFiction Magazine, Inkwell at Evergreen, Slightly West Literary Magazine, and appeared in Smokebox Literary Magazine. He currently lives in Seattle, Washington.

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