Employment benefits have become more important than ever these days, and in particular the fact that we were forced to work from home due to Covid-19 has opened many doors in the job market. We suddenly accepted the fact that working doesn’t mean you have to be physically present in the office, and it caused a huge schism in the world. Some companies and employees would prefer to see the world move towards a more digital, work-from-home approach, while others want the exact opposite and are looking for ways to return to the way things were three years ago.
If you’re looking for a new place to work, Glassdoor is a useful site where employees can post reviews of their employer. It often mentions things like additional benefits, which can be helpful in steering you toward an employer that has the same vision for the workplace as you do. Let’s take a look at some companies that are going above and beyond to embrace the new normal!
Evernote is best known for its mobile app that lets you keep notes and even share them with others. As a mobile business, you understand that sometimes your employees need to be somewhere else. That’s why Evernote offers its employees unlimited vacation days and $1,000 in vacation money.
Contrary to what the name suggests, FullContact has a “no contact” policy when you’re on vacation. That’s right, as a staff member, you are prohibited from working while on vacation. If you don’t think that’s enough, they also actively encourage you to take time off by giving you $7500 a year for your travel expenses.
Airbnb may not have a lot of workplace perks, but they do offer an interesting bonus that is not to be sneezed at. Any employee of the company can get up to $2,000 in travel vouchers per year. Gone are the days when you had to save up for your vacation!
WORKING ON A FARM
If you’re not really interested in the perks of travel and would rather work from home, there’s no better option than working on a farm. In fact, there is a service called WWOOF (unfortunately not pronounced like an angry barking dog) that allows you to volunteer on a farm for a few hours a day, which has many benefits. The farm takes care of your food and lodging, so you only have to pay for your flight. As you’ll see in this article, if you combine this activity with a job as a travel agent, you can potentially make money working on farms for free. Isn’t capitalism great?
If you work at TravelZoo and manage to negotiate a trip through the company on behalf of users, you get three extra days of paid vacation and a nice $1,500 travel check. Basically, by doing your job, you get free travel.
United Airlines doesn’t do much, but it does it very efficiently. As an employee, you get unlimited standby travel. Basically, that means – as long as it’s a United Airlines flight, of course – you can travel domestically for free as much as you want. If that doesn’t sound like an outstanding work benefit, I don’t know what does.
This company has no virtual limit to the bonuses they offer. You get discounts on all packages booked on their sites and you get $250 or more back. If you like to go on vacation, you could probably earn a second salary with these offers. On the other hand, if you don’t travel much, it’s probably not worth it to work for TripAdvisor. But maybe the company name should have given you that information already.
Moz provides software as a service. So they are well aware that the best way to perform is to apply quality patches frequently. For their employees, that means $3,000 a year in vacation costs and seven sick days a year. Because sometimes you just don’t feel it, and that’s okay. Vacation time is the human equivalent of bug fixes.