10 of the Most Popular Employee Perks of 2015

Who doesn’t love cracking open a cold one with your cube-mate and chatting about the latest in the office? A good happy hour is a staple in the perk world, but it can be hard to come up with other ideas to engage employees in the workplace. We’ve spent the last year providing some awesome perks for our clients, so we put together a list of the top 10 most popular perks we’ve seen to inspire you. Take note of something great to gift your office as 2016 kicks off.

1. Team Lunches
Catered lunches are a classic team building activity. They create a scheduled time for the whole office to come together and relax over lunch. Instead of silently waiting to use the microwave and checking Instagram, team lunches encourage employees to connect with one another. Try switching up your classic sandwiches and salads for a food truck in 2016!

The Big Cheese Food Truck at Optoro

2. Office Yoga
Yoga has become one of the most popular forms of exercise. Unfortunately, with so many daily commitments, finding free time to make it to a yoga studio can be difficult. A yoga class in the office provides a quick way for employees to workout and get in a little meditation time. It also is a chance for those who haven’t been able to experience yoga to test it out.

3. Seasonal Fruit Delivered to the Office
If you’re like me, you keep a few snacks tucked in a desk drawer when a midday craving sneaks in. A couple people will have granola bars, but most of us keep some sort of candy for that extra sugar boost. Candy does the job, but it’s not our healthiest option. Having seasonal fruit delivered to the office can help solve that problem with a variety of guilt-free midday snacks.

4. Chair Massages
Sitting at your desk for long periods of time can put wear and tear on your body. We all tend to slump forward, arch our backs, and carry tension in our shoulders without even recognizing it. A short massage can help remedy these problems and give a short mental break as well.

Lunar Massage helping employees relax

5. Guided Meditation Sessions
Meditation helps slow down a life that can be moving pretty fast. Meditation skills help employees refocus and calm down during stressful times. It can help with goal setting and motivation, and has proven better than a nap at rejuvenating your mind.

6. Homemade Cake Pops
Office birthdays are perfect opportunities to bring everyone together. Instead of bringing in a traditional cake, cake pops have become a popular new alternative. They are easier to clean up and make it easier to avoid that extra slice.

7. In-Office Happy Hours
Happy hours are a great way to an office to bond together. Employees can get to know each other outside of work interactions and meet people outside of their verticals. Creating a happy hour within the office creates the relaxed atmosphere of a traditional happy hour with the convenience of not leaving the building.

8. Team Breakfasts
Team breakfasts are a great way to show employee appreciation. Not everyone has time for breakfast in the morning, so having a quick bite to eat available can really improve productivity.

9. Cold-Pressed Juice Bar
It’s hard to stay in shape and it can be almost impossible to find time to prepare healthy meals. Cold-pressed juices help solve this problem. These juices make it easy to get the proper nutrition you need in a time crunch.

JRINK juice tasting

10. Stress Management Workshops
Employees are going to experience stress at their job. As mentioned above, chair massages, yoga, and meditation can be great tools for your employees. While they may work for most, there are a few who need alternative techniques to manage these stresses and these workshops can be very effective. A combination of all of these techniques creates a great toolbox of resources for your employees in need of stress relief.

Kick off your new year with something awesome from our most popular perks of last year. Reach out to our team if you need some help planning it!