Thursday, September 21, 2006

Naps and other perks

From an article on AOL: Incentives that were unheard of in the '90s workforce are now standard at some companies, which are extending benefits beyond health care and retirement plans. The inclusion of on-site services such as manicures, laundry and daycare are enabling employees to cut their errands in half. Massage chairs, yoga classes and even napping have been encouraged to cut back the daily errands and reduce workers' stress levels.

A company named MetroNaps has taken on-the-job dozing to a futuristic form with pods that, while currently are limited to a space in the Empire State Building and on-site leased locations, enable a place to crash at work without requiring employees to be hunched over their desks or holed up in their cars.

Here are just a few of the great perks:
Tuition reimbursement
Fully paid luxury retreats for all employees
On-site daycare
On-site fitness center
On-site massage
Reimbursement for buying a hybrid
Sleep breaks at work
On-site concierge service for everyday errands
On-site cafeteria with discounts on the healthier choices
Paid rent/mortgage for one year tax free (to one lucky employee as a bonus)

Late to bed, early to rise, nice big lunch, stacks of copy to's the prefect recipe for an accidental nap. Not that I would ever do that, but I've heard it could happen. What kind of perks would you like to have? On-site daycare, reimbursement for buying a hybrid...good perks that show excellent corporate citizenship. They're not for me. Naps and massages, though, I could really appreciate. My perfect perk package would include: dog-friendly workplace, on-site grocery store, massages, naps, haircuts, a personal personal assistant (to help with all the other stuff in the real world) and a free lunch. Ok, so yes, I know there's no such thing as a free lunch, but I thought it was as likely a choice as all the other things on my list. Luckily, I work for a company that already has nice perks...but, really, couldn't we just add the nap time? I don't even need a pod.

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