Looking through the list of employee benefits at tech start up basecamp, I was struck by the fact that the company treats its employees like grown ups. Employees are given wide latitude to choose how to spend allowances, and there isn't a one-size-fits all approach. The goal is clearly to offer benefits that are relevant and helpful. I would love to see how this affects retention rates, profits, customer service and employee engagement.
(Aside - is it still a "start up" if it was founded in 18 years ago?)
Work Wherever You Want: Work from anywhere in the world. Move cities, keep your job. $100/month Fitness Allowance: Basecamp will pay up to $100/month for your gym membership, yoga studio membership, or whatever activity you do to stay in shape. If it’s not organized fitness, that’s okay, too. You can use your stipend to pay for race registrations or even new running shoes.