Among Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” are 11 with extras so unusual that the magazine singled them out as “top perks”:
- New hires at Intel get red-carpet treatment on their first day at work: As they walk toward a stage where they will introduce themselves, a slew of company photographers and videographers record the moment.
- Skylar employees and their family members who take to their beds during an illness can borrow medical beds like the ones the company sells to hospitals to help keep patients’ bodies immobile while allowing medical staff to reposition them.
- Ten-year employees of JM Family Enterprises celebrate the milestone with a company-paid weekend getaway at a resort in Boca Raton, Fla., just a few miles away from the organization’s headquarters. And they do it again every five years as long as they’re at the company.
- San Diego-based Qualcom hosts a weekly farmers market so employees can shop for fresh produce.
- Hitachi Data Systems takes summer “dog days” seriously: It allows employees to bring their pooches to work one day for a pet fair with groomers, retailers and trainers—and a talent show.
- Ice cream is an every-other-Friday treat during the summer at Plante Moran, which invites Good Humor trucks to the campus during lunch hour.
- Employee sports teams at Allianz compete against colleagues in 70 countries during an international “Olympics” hosted by the organization once every four years. The 2010 games were in Budapest.
- Whenever a Google employee dies, his or her spouse or domestic partner receives half of the person’s salary every year for 10 years.
- Dreamworks Animation credits every employee $25 a month to use at the company’s print center to print photos or make calendars and greeting cards.
- Managers at Hilcorp Energy have leeway and the budget to reward their employees with personalized bonuses. The magazine mentions past awards like horseback riding and lessons in throwing horseshoes.
- Quick Trip stocks the desks of new employees with tubs of candy to sweeten the chances that colleagues will stop by to introduce themselves.
- Florida minimum wage to rise to $6.67 at start of year
- Be ready to explain male/female pay disparity—dating back to the time salaries began to diverge
- Paying men more than women with the same job titles?
- Look at job duties, not signed pact, to decide employee/contractor status
- Proposed model COBRA notice pushes health insurance exchanges