Thursday, May 24, 2012

Free Beer and Massages: The Ultimate Company Perks

Startup life isn't easy, but it's a lot more fun than working at a stodgy corporation. Ambitious startups have struck a balance of "work hard, play hard" by offering employee perks that prove the higher-ups will go the extra mile to show their teammates that they're valued and appreciated.

The best way to attract fun, hardworking people is to let your team behave as fun, hardworking people. Exciting work environments are enticing, so ping-pong breaks and team lunches should be encouraged, not frowned upon.

"We want to create a place where people are excited to come to work everyday. We think the best way to do that is by creating a fun and productive work environment, where people are growing and doing great things while having a good time," says Neil Blumenthal, co-founder and co-CEO of eyewear retailer Warby Parker.

But the fun doesn't have to stop when your company hits a certain size. Even growing companies can benefit from a happy environment and the work of what Warby Parker calls a "Fun Committee," a group of people that plans events and makes sure the startup culture doesn't slip away.

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