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What Makes a Happy Employee?

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Houston Business Journal Oct 31, 2019, 6:06pm EDT

Over the past 19 years, the Houston Business Journal has learned a lot about what it takes to be one of the Houston area’s Best Places to Work. From unlimited paid time off and employee trips to employee buy-in, healthy snacks and free massages, companies on these Lists have consistently elevated the personal needs of their employees. This year, HBJ drilled down the details, asking the Best Places to Work honorees for specific examples of their most unique work benefits. Here’s what they said.

Family benefits

  • 35% — Paid paternity leave
  • 31% — Over 8 weeks maternity leave

Getting out of the office

  • 85% — Off-site social events/outings
  • 77% — Work from home/remote work
  • 31% — Company retreats

Financial benefits

  • 68% — Matching employee retirement contribution
  • 43% — Financial planning services
  • 34% — Tuition reimbursement
  • 29% — Profit sharing
  • 26% — Employee stock ownership

Taking some time off

  • 42% — Paid time off for community service
  • 31% — Paid time off for part-time employees
  • 9% — Unlimited time off
  • 8% — Paid sabbaticals

Refreshments and recreation

  • 73% — Off-site happy hours
  • 32% — Beer fridge/Kegerator
  • 30% — Game room area
  • 7% — Free daily lunch

Health and wellness

  • 37% — Support groups
  • 32% — On-site fitness center
  • 9% — On-site massage and spa services
  • 3% — On-site medical

Extra perks

  • 72% — Casual dress code
  • 10% — Bring your pet to work
  • 4% — Concierge services