Employee perks: work here, and they’ll come clean your house

Working grunts accustomed to low or no pay increases, higher health care costs and heavier workloads with little appreciation from the boss will really love this.

Out in California’s Silicon Valley, employers so need good employees that they are rolling out unheard-of perks that might attract and hold on to them.

According to The New York Times, the 250  employees at a company called Evernote get their homes cleaned for free twice a month. Beats just getting your office wastebasket dumped overnight, doesn’t it?

Here are a few other perks:

– The Stanford School of Medicine is providing doctors with housecleaning and dinners delivered to their homes.

– Genetech is providing take-home dinners and helping its employees find baby sitters for their kids when they are too sick to make it to school.

– Facebook gives its employees who are new parents $4,000 in spending money.

That’s in addition to all those gourmet cafeteria meals, on-the-job massages, vacation spending money and personal trainers various companies provide.

The idea is to reduce the stress  employees might feel about things they need to do at home. And what’s more stressful than figuring out tonight’s meal, more of a pain than having to clean the house after a long day’s or week’s work, or more of a hassle than finding last-minute kid care?

Naturally, by taking care of those matters, the employer is also making it easier for the employee to spend a little more time at the job.

Times have changed and there is more of a need to offer such services, experts say.

“The workplace was built on the assumption that there was somebody at home dealing with the home front,” observed Anne Weisberg, a human resources executive. “There’s a greater awareness that we’re pushing things to the limit and something’s got to give.”

3 comments Add your comment


October 23rd, 2012
11:37 am

If a company can supply all that stuff, they are overcharging for their product.

Re: Mike

October 23rd, 2012
11:51 am

No, they’re charging the price the market will support for their product. They manage productivity to keep margins high by utilizing high caliber employees.


October 23rd, 2012
8:13 pm

There are no comments here because Georgia Republicans can’t believe business (which is after all “their” thing) is thriving in their stereotype of California