During the week before Christmas, the news anchors, producers, editors, writers and web staff who work for Washington, D.C., radio station WTOP noshed on barbecue one day, feasted on an assortment of pastas the next and enjoyed unlimited desserts two days in a row. On the 25th, the staff feasted on turkey with all the trimmings, just as they had on Thanksgiving—all on the company’s dime.
The treats were a year-end “thank-you” from, which recognizes that constant, tight deadlines throughout the day leave most of the station’s employees with too little time to go out for lunch, even on special occasions.
WTOP isn’t the only small employer that counts food among the regular perks it offers to its workers. It followed the lead of large organizations like Zappos, Facebook and Google, renowned for the elaborate spreads their employees enjoy.
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