2. Cash prize for perfect attendance. To lure more than 1,000 seasonal workers to Amazon.com distribution centers during the holidays, a Chicago-based firm offered cash prizes to 100 employees who had perfect attendance—and one of those lucky employees won a $100,000 cash prize.
3. Allowing employees to help determine benefits. Every three years, Whole Foods puts its up for a vote, allowing employees to decide where the company should spend its benefit dollars.
4. Paid-volunteer time. Nearly one-quarter of National Instruments employees have been granted paid time-off for volunteer work.
5. Candy bars and $100 bills. Employee turnover has dipped 6% since San Joaquin Gardens, a California retirement community, began handing out candy bars and $100 bills to reward employees for exceptional service, good attendance, accident-free performance and wellness-program participation.