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Netflix’s has made the decision to give its workers up to a year of paid leave after the birth or adoption of a baby.  This is the latest example of the unusual benefits that companies have been using as they attempt to attract and retain employees.

Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist for employer rating service recognizes that a lucrative paycheck is still the preferred method of persuasion, but he says that benefits and prerequisites become more important to people once they’re already earning a lot of money and have a lot of their money devoured by taxes.  More companies are realizing this as well and are coming up with unconventional benefits to stand out from their rivals and pamper their workers. The technology industry seems to be responding most to the phenomenon.

This is due to the competition for computer programmers being so intense that employers are looking for every edge they can find.  Chamberlain says that in actuality adding something extra to the standard benefits package is “a really inexpensive way to boost employee engagement and make employees feel better about where they are.”

According to WRAL news the list below contains the most recent benefits companies have added, most of which were compiled from employee reviews collected by

* Airbnb, an online rental service rewards its workers with up to $2,000 annually to help cover their travel expenses while on vacation.

*A maker of business communication tools, called Asana pays for “life coaches” to help their employees cope away from the office.

*Zillow, online real estate service helps mothers by paying for overnight shipping of breast milk when they’re traveling.

*Payment processor Square offers an employee “wellness” program that includes on-site massage, chiropractic care, acupuncture therapy and personal trainers for their employees.

*Weebly, a website building service rewards its workers with $50 per month on a company credit card to help pay for housecleaning and errands.

*, an online software service gives its employees a paid week off for volunteer or charity work.

*Patagonia, an outdoor sports apparel maker encourages its workers to get out of the office to play volleyball, do yoga or go surfing in the middle of the day.


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