Friday, August 10, 2007

"Weird" Benefits

The key to hiring, retaining, and motivating a modern workforce is in the culture and benefits offered by a corporation. In his book, Get Weird! 101 Innovative Ways to Make Your Company a Great Place to Work, John Putzier offers a multitude of weird techniques to inspire a creative and productive workforce. How about these ideas:
  • Provide a room for employees to temporarily escape their office, a place to meditate, play ping pong, or take a nap
  • Offer a regular prize drawing for those who refer new employees to the company for prizes such as trips, concert tickets, etc.
  • Take new hires out with existing employees after their interview for a chance to get to know their coworkers and experience the company culture
  • Training exercises through puzzles, quizzes, and games
  • A Wall of Fame to showcase individual successes, especially in the customer service realm
  • Take home gourmet dinners for employees and their families
What are the best and most innovative benefits you have encountered?

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