OMG: FullContact Pays Its Employees $7,500 To Go On Vacation
Posted by Katie Ostoich on July 13, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Yes, you read that right. Employees are paid to go on vacation. Umm, where do I sign up? Because being paid to go on vacation sounds like a pretty good deal to me!
But there’s a catch. To get the money the employees have to follow these rules:
- You have to go on vacation, or you don’t get the money.
- You must disconnect.
- You can’t work while on vacation.
I didn’t say they were strict rules…and in case you’re interested, they’re hiring. Get it, ladies.
FullContact is not the first tech startup to lure prospective employees, and keep current employees happy, with an awesome perk. EventBrite offers free weekly massages, EverNote allows unlimited vacation days, Qwiki reimburses commuting costs and GetGlue buys each new hire an iPad.
Our verdict: OMG! Like I said, where do I sign up? Any of these perks sound pretty damn awesome to me. I know that these companies have to compete with pretty big name players (like, say, Google and Apple)so that’s why they’re offering all these goodies, but I hope more and more companies start to take note. A recent study found that employee benefits can directly lead to a better business, including a positive impact on company growth. And you don't have to break the bank either if you're a business owner and want to improve your employees' morale.
Does your employer do something that makes you feel valued and engaged? What would you like to see? Do you think these kinds of perks are helpful, or do you think they’re too much (it is supposed to be work after all…)?