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Benefits on the Fringe: Employee Events

Benefits on the Fringe: Employee Events
From Recruiter - December 16, 2016

Welcome toBenefits on the Fringe,a new column from Recruiter.com writer Jason McDowell. Every month, McDowell will cover the most unique benefits that todays employers are using to woo talent, as well asadvances and innovations in the employee benefits realm.

Among the myriad of fringe benefits businesses can offer their employees, holding frequent company-sponsored events is often considered one of the more frivolous ones. Many executives would rather see their employees with their noses to the proverbial grindstone than buy them pizza or send them to a fitness class, but the truth is that company-sponsoredevents help build strong teams, which lead to increasedproductivity in the workplace.

Some companies, like San Francisco-based architectural firm MBH Architects, make it a point to go the extra mile for their employees. MBH holds as many as 16 official events every year, ranging from a mason jar terrarium contest and a waffle-making competition to an art studio glass workshop, a recipe exchange, and a sandcastle competition and fundraiser.

Outside of the bigger events, the company frequently offers its employees yoga classes, chair massages, birthday parties, and staff lunches.

Most of our events involve food, says Renee Charland, director of human resources for MBH. Its a great way to entice staff to join in, but I like it when we have an activity that allows them to have fun and interact with folks they dont work with on a day-to-day basis. Its hard to pick a favorite, but I think our annual art show, which includes food and wine, lets staff show off their talents you wouldnt otherwise know about.

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