Rather than reinvent the wheel, “borrow” some of these unique, low-cost benefits from employers on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list, which includes several midsize businesses:
Mentor Moms program. PricewaterhouseCoopers matches mothers-to-be with moms who can provide advice on parenting and the company’s maternity policies. Expectant mothers enter the program four months prior to maternity and leave on an infant’s first birthday.
The 1000 Hour Club. Atlantic Health Systems in Morristown, N.J., allows retirees to return to work three months after they start receiving retirement benefits. Employees age 50 or older can work part time, temporary and per diem jobs. Retirees can continue collecting benefits while working up to 999 hours a year.
Spreading the wealth. Zappos gives every employee $50 a month to award as a bonus to a co-worker. The online retailer then gives a monthly hero award to one of those selected employees. That winner gets a $150 Zappos gift card, a covered parking space for the month … and a cape.
Spanish classes. Alston & Bird, an Atlanta-based law firm, offers on-site subsidized Spanish courses.
Grow your own. During lunch breaks, employees at Southern Ohio Medical Center plant and pick foods such as tomatoes, kale, broccoli, strawberries and lettuce in the employees’ own garden.