One of the major goals of today’s working mother is to gain work life balance. For many if us, it seems unattainable. I wrote a post a few weeks ago in which I said enabling mothers to work part time with benefits would not only help moms get a better hold on work and family life so we didn’t always feel that we were shortchanging one or the other, I believe it would also benefit companies. Another thing that would help is if companies were more supportive of family life in general. I came across an interesting piece on Huffington Post that outlines the creative, new benefits that some companies are now offering to their employees, and I was happily surprised.
I have to say some of these fringe benefits would help new parents adjust better and some are just plain and simply wonderful for anyone. I’ve never even come close to receiving of these benefits but I am so very happy to see that they do exist.
Here are some of the better ones that left an impression:
Amgen Biotech: New moms at this company can take advantage of lactation rooms, on-site breastfeeding and Lamaze classes.
Google: During the first three months, new parents get up to $500 for take-out food in those hectic few weeks, but that’s not the only benefit from this company. CEO Google, Eric Schmidt explains,
“The goal is to strip away everything that gets in our employees’ way. We provide a standard package of fringe benefits, but on top of that are first-class dining facilities, gyms, laundry rooms, massage rooms, haircuts, carwashes, dry cleaning, commuting buses – just about anything a hardworking employee might want. Let’s face it: programmers want to program, they don’t want to do their laundry. So we make it easy for them to do both.”
Genentech: After six years as a full-time, regular employee at this biotech company, workers can take a six week sabbatical with full pay and benefits. Six weeks in addition to maternity leave can make a world of difference to new parents.
Netflix: I love the Netflix philosophy. They say they understand that employees are often working late at night and on weekends, tying up loose ends, checking emails, and countless other things so they don’t enforce a 9-5 workday. They also offer unlimited vacation days, saying they can’t keep track of how much each employee works during off time so they place importance on performance as opposed to time sheets. Innovative, if you ask me.
What fringe benefits would help you most as a parent? Which of the above benefits do you wish you had at your company?