Employee benefits are perhaps more valuable than a high salary.
That’s a pretty bold statement, but is it true? Well, according to MetLife’s 10th annual study on the topic of job perks, a lot of value is being placed on the personalized benefits a company offers nowadays. Most leading organizations have chosen this route for the sake of employee morale, engagement and retention. Zappos is one such organization. Looking at what I believe to be our top 10 perks, I'd say we have just about something for everyone!
A Major Hookup for Millenials
The young single person with no spouse or children couldn’t ask for a better hookup. Why waste money and time grocery shopping when you can come to work and devour as much free cereal, bagels and fruit in the morning as your belly desires (or anytime of the day for that matter)? Seventeen fully stocked kitchenettes, uniformly placed throughout our 10-story building, help with that.
Of course, everyone has to eat. So the young, old, married, single, grocery shoppers or not, love our free salad bar, free soups, free grilled cheese sandwiches, free beverages and those oh so moderately priced made-to-order entrees in our bistro. Mm mmm. This private, on-campus restaurant serves us seven days a week, 12 hours a day.
Too lazy or busy to walk to the bistro? Within our building are free prepackaged salads and sandwiches in our ZCafé. Grab them and go 24/7, or nibble on them on the café’s open-air patio with super comfy seating. From 8 a.m.-5 p.m., it’s Starbucks-like service — at about half the price, Zappos style!
Based on a recent Goldman Sachs study conducted with Teen Vogue readers, 22% of all Millennials are health conscious. Much more than Generation Xers or Baby Boomers. So, bingo! Not only does Zappos boast a free, 24/7, fully equipped gym with state of the art machines, we have numerous recreational areas throughout the campus, as well.
A Ping-Pong table, foosball machine, miniature golf course or our brand new outdoor basketball court can assist with team building gatherings. Certified trainers also come on campus to teach free classes for yoga, kickboxing and cardio.
A Real Gem for Gen Xers
For the Gen X workaholic who spends more hours at the office than at home, power perks are a match made in heaven. Go ahead, drop off your dry cleaning and car keys at our front desk when you arrive at work in the morning. By the time you're ready to go home, your oil will have been changed and your car detailed to a “T!”
While there in the main lobby, visit Flonzo, our top-rate resident shoe shiner! He’s been diligently puttin’ on that $5 spit shine for the past several years. As he’s shinning, you can read one of the many free-for-the-taking motivational or self-help books from our employee library.
Bennies Done Right for Boomers
The majority of the 76 million American boomers are still in the workforce, even though they’re now empty nesters heading toward retirement. Many have been displaced from jobs once thought secure. As a boomer myself, I can attest that Zappos’ free health insurance is a particularly appreciated perk! Having a massage chair and a stress-releasing napping pod to rejuvenate from head to toe is nothing to sneeze at either.
With this demographic group being top U.S. consumers, our very own shipping department catering to our personal shipping needs is simply heavenly! Speaking of shopping, Zappos has its very own currency, called … wait for it … Zollars! Offered in varying values, with CEO Tony Hsieh’s face on some of them, this program incentivizes goodwill tasks by employees offering cool company apparel and gadgets in exchange.
Here again are just 10 of the many power perks that keep us loving Zappos:
- Private on-campus bistro and 17 kitchenettes throughout our 10-story building
- Café and outdoor patio
- 24/7 access to fully-equipped gym
- Recreational activities: basketball, foosball, mini golf, trainer led classes
- Concierge services: shoe shining, car wash, oil change and dry cleaner pickup
- Employee library with current and top-selling books
- Free individual health insurance and reduced premiums for families
- A badass massage chair and nap room with sleep pods
- On-site shipping department
- Employee Zollars
While not all perks float every employee’s boat, it’s safe to say there's something for all. From our young and restless, to our mature adults, from our geeky reserved introverts to our totally outgoing weirdos, we can all get perked. Now that's a powerful thing!