• Discounts and special offers
  • Subscriber-only articles and interviews
  • Breaking news and trending topics

Already a subscriber?

By signing up, you accept Moneywise's Terms of Use, Subscription Agreement, and Privacy Policy.

Not interested ?

1. Say 'I do' to a paid wedding

The management of the online bulk-shopping service Boxed really delivered to its stunned employees when it offered to pay for their weddings.

The idea took shape in 2016 when CEO Chieh Huang volunteered to pick up the nuptials tab for a 26-year-old employee whose wedding savings were suddenly drained by his mother's mounting medical bills.

"We just felt like once someone is part of the Boxed family, we want to be there for them in their time of need," Huang said. "It then just felt right to extend this benefit to all our valued employees."

Find a financial adviser in minutes

Are you confident in your retirement savings? Get advice on your investment portfolio from a certified professional through WiserAdvisor. It only takes 5 minutes to connect with an adviser who puts you first.

Get Started

2. Year-round summer hours

What's better than cutting out of work early for some fun? Doing it every Friday.

While many companies offer a shorter workday on Fridays during the summer, employees at the Minneapolis marketing company Collective Measures, formerly Nina Hale, get to enjoy this job perk year-round.

3. All the ice cream you want

Vermont homeboys Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield virtually reinvented ice cream merchandizing 40 years ago with their hippie take on the dessert favorite, which they packaged in eyepopping cartoon containers with quirky names like Chunky Monkey.

But unless you live within skiing distance of their central Vermont plant, as I once did, you wouldn’t know the duo’s secret to employee retention: They send every worker home each work day with three ice cream pints of their choosing.

This 2 Minute Move Could Knock $500/Year off Your Car Insurance in 2024

Saving money on car insurance with BestMoney is a simple way to reduce your expenses. You’ll often get the same, or even better, insurance for less than what you’re paying right now.

There’s no reason not to at least try this free service. Check out BestMoney today, and take a turn in the right direction.

Get Started

4. Put yourself on ice

Numerai, a San Francisco hedge fund run by artificial intelligence, has dreamed up an employee benefit that could provide its employees with a second life in the distant future.

When they die, workers at Numerai will have the opportunity to be cryogenically frozen, in hopes that future technology will resuscitate them.

Company founder Richard Craib, himself a member of cryonics provider Alcor, decided to extend a possible start-over to his employees by taking out life insurance policies on them that would pay for their freezing.

5. Student loan debt help

As a way to retain and improve its workforce, auditing giant PwC helps free its associates and senior associates from their nagging student loan debt.

PwC’s innovative Student Loan Paydown program provides $1,200 a year toward the debt you incurred while earning your degree.

What’s it worth? According to PwC, a qualifying employee with a $35,000 student loan, an interest rate of 3.4% and a loan term of 10 years would save $10,675 and cut their loan term by two and a half years.

More: No employer help? Refi your student loan debt with Credible

6. On-the-job 'luggage parties'

In workplace parlance, "pack your bags" usually means time’s up, you’re through, clean out your desk, etc. But at the Chicago law firm of Freeborn & Peters, those words instead may signal an impromptu getaway weekend in Las Vegas.

Each year, the firm holds what it calls a "luggage party," in which its attorneys and staff arrive at work with bags packed.

What happens next can only be described as vacation roulette, as four employees are chosen at random to fly off for a weekend romp in Vegas. It's the firm’s signature thank-you for a job well done.

7. Coverage for Fido or Fluffy

Even as the fight continues over comprehensive health coverage in the workplace, a few employers are sweetening the pot by offering employer-sponsored medical plans for the family pets.

Americans spend nearly $18 billion on veterinary care for their pets, according to the American Pet Products Association. Some 5,000 companies, including Microsoft, Xerox and Yahoo, now offer pet insurance policies to assist with those costs.

"Pet insurance is a game-changer for many pet owners," Colorado veterinarian Dr. Tracey Jensen told The New York Times. "Pets today occupy a special place in people’s lives. They’re family members, and their owners don’t want to cut corners on care."

8. Life insurance with longevity

While Google is well-known for its innovative employee perks, which include free breakfast, lunch and dinner every work day, the company's largesse continues even after your untimely upload from this life.

After you pass, Google’s death benefit ensures that your surviving spouse or partner receives 50% of your annual salary each year for the next decade.

Looking for further details on the search giant's extended life insurance? Google for them, of course.

9. All the vacation you want

Want to take next week off? Or the entire month of February? At a growing number of companies, it's no problem! Businesses including General Electric and Netflix now offer their employees unlimited vacation time.

Typically, you can take off as much time as you want, as long as you're getting your work done. The employers say these policies cut down on administrative hassles and are great for morale and productivity.

But note that there's a downside. Workers often don't know how much time off is too much, so they can wind up taking very little vacation time at all.

10. You get a car, and you get a car!

The boldest of benefits we've come across is from a modest Raleigh, North Carolina, tech startup. Practichem vowed to reward every employee with their very own Tesla Model 3 electric car.

Nick DeMarco, the founder and CEO of the high-tech instrument maker Practichem, launched the outrageous promotion in 2016, resulting in more than 1,000 job applications.

“It got people talking about us,” DeMarco said.

But his employees have had to wait a bit before charging up their Tesla 3's, because delivery of delivery delays for the new sedans.

More: 20 best sites to find remote work


Follow These Steps if you Want to Retire Early

Secure your financial future with a tailored plan to maximize investments, navigate taxes, and retire comfortably.

Zoe Financial is an online platform that can match you with a network of vetted fiduciary advisors who are evaluated based on their credentials, education, experience, and pricing. The best part? - there is no fee to find an advisor.

About the Author

Jay MacDonald

Jay MacDonald

Freelance Contributor

Jay MacDonald was formerly a freelance contributor to Moneywise. As a professional journalist, blogger and creative PR/marketing content creator, Jay brings humor, human interest and clarity to a wide range of topics. Jay's work has been widely honored with awards from Forbes Best of Web, the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).

What to Read Next


The content provided on Moneywise is information to help users become financially literate. It is neither tax nor legal advice, is not intended to be relied upon as a forecast, research or investment advice, and is not a recommendation, offer or solicitation to buy or sell any securities or to adopt any investment strategy. Tax, investment and all other decisions should be made, as appropriate, only with guidance from a qualified professional. We make no representation or warranty of any kind, either express or implied, with respect to the data provided, the timeliness thereof, the results to be obtained by the use thereof or any other matter.