Employers nowadays seem to be looking more and more for new and interesting ways of incentivising, motivating and looking after their staff. We all know that "money talks" but can businesses actually achieve more by offering less conventional perks?
Maybe we can learn from businesses overseas when it comes to this sort of thing.
Did you know?
Perhaps the award for the most weird and wonderful ideas goes to Google who, as well as offering employees free beer and wine on Fridays and a free concierge service to run errands for them, actually allows its employees to bring their pet to work! Not so bad if your colleague owns a Chihuahua; not so good if they've got a pet python!
We think it may be a while before these kinds of staff incentives really catch on in the UK – so looks like we'll be sticking to health care and gym memberships when it comes to drafting contracts or employee benefit schemes for now.