Fancy flexi perks from companies

Fancy flexi perks from companies

When copywriter Tang Wen En visited New York on a holiday with friends earlier this year, his company subsidised his trip.

Mr Tang, 27, who received about $1,000, which mainly went towards the airfare of his two-week trip, says: "In some companies, taking leave is taboo but in this case, it really matters to me that the company wants us to travel."

His company, creative agency The Secret Little Agency, says its 26 employees get an annual travel subsidy of between $450 and $8,000, based on seniority. Its chief executive Nicholas Ye, 29, says this is to ensure that everyone in the company leaves the country at least once a year, to broaden his horizons.

The only criterion? The trip must not be for work.

In order to attract and retain talent, companies are offering perks beyond the standard annual leave, medical benefits and a well-stocked pantry.

In the United States, some companies reportedly provide free on-site dog-grooming services, yoga classes and home-cleaning services for staff.

Singapore firms are offering some interesting perks too.

Networking company Cisco allows all its staff to work from anywhere they fancy. Google provides discounted massages for staff. Internet start-ups Roomorama and Chope have bring-your-dog-to-work policies.

Hotel Royal Plaza on Scotts offers associates an extra day of leave - "Me-day" leave - during their birthday month, while social media marketing start-up Gushcloud allows staff to spend one day a month pursuing their own interests.

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