5 Unconventional Corporate Perks your Staff will Love


5 Unconventional Corporate Perks your Staff will Love

By Aspire

You spend more time with your colleagues than almost anyone else. You know their families, what TV show they’re currently binge-watching, and their favorite lunch spots (yeah, we all know you go to Chipotle every Friday). Sometimes when you plan team bonding activities, though, all of that personal knowledge goes right out the window. An often-overlooked but incredibly important facet of perk planning is taking all of the knowledge you have about your staff and creating activities that will appeal to them individually.  While they might appreciate the traditional office happy hour, surprising the staff with an unconventional perk will keep your employees happy and enhance the work environment. These five corporate perks are examples of more unconventional benefits and activities. Share them over your next Chipotle run – let us know what other great ideas you come up with!

  • 1. Game Night

    By Marcy Humphrey

    Whether it’s darts and pool or traditional board and card games, your employees will love a dedicated game night. A staff that’s competitive will especially love challenging one another to Scrabble over a glass of wine.   Before surprising the staff with a game night, take a look at your budget to see what kind of games to bring in. If you want to spend an extra few bucks, you can bring in a casino night service with blackjack and poker. Winners might receive an extra day off or a team donut breakfast.   If a personal blackjack dealer isn’t in the cards, a few board games will provide a setting for employees to unwind and feel nostalgic. Ever played competitive Chutes & Ladders? You’re missing out. Don’t be surprised if rematches are scheduled weekly. Consider pairing staff from different departments on teams to allow more office mingling and watch that culture blossom. 

  • 2. In-office yoga

    By Marcy Humphrey

    A little Zen is a great way to have employees relax and unwind in the middle of a busy day. If there is an important project coming up, this is the perfect surprise for the staff to take a break together and pause to get some mental clarity before finishing up their work. Look into iyengar yoga that focuses less on the active workout and more on the mindfulness and precision aspect of the exercise. 

  • 3. Office Field Day

    By Marcy Humphrey

    Although your office may already have a team that competes in a citywide softball or kickball league, the time commitment of these leagues can be too much for some. An office field day will allow everyone to participate without the self-selecting cuts that a more competitive athletic league may entail.  Some of the best sports for an office field day encourage high participation because you don’t have to be Michael Jordan to be a star. Our favorites are kickball and capture the flag. Create teams of people from different departments (and be sure to put people of many skill levels on every team!) and have them elect a team captain. Prizes like a Bagel Friday or Donut Wednesday will motivate everyone!

  • 4. Massage day

    By Marcy Humphrey

    When you spend hundreds of hours before or after a major project bent over a computer, your neck can sure start to hurt. A massage therapist can start to work on those cricks in your neck will definitely be a reward they’ll remember. If you have a team of employees who have been going above and beyond lately, you can use this opportunity to let them know you recognize their hard work. 

  • 5. Bring your pet to work days

    By Marcy Humphrey

    A free stress reliever that your employees already own are their pets! Employees with pets often worry about their furry friends left at home, so allowing them one day a month to bring in their pets will raise office morale and provide a fun atmosphere for those who don’t have pets. Everyone can spend their lunch hour dog-walking – exercise and endorphins! Be sure to with your staff about any allergies beforehand!