It is happy hour, and some dot-comers are letting off some steam. However they are not at the corner bar. Instead, they are still at work and some are still working.
Adam Rich, the co-founder of Thrillist Media Group, says his company is part of a growing group of entrepreneurs that reject traditional corporate culture. Gone are the suits, ties and time clocks. Here employees work in a casual office atmosphere filled with company perks aimed at making work fun. Sometimes that means enjoying a cocktail at your desk. Another office perk: employees can bring their dogs to work.
Dog owner Fletch Tison often breaks up his day, but says that running home to get Oscar and bringing him back to work makes his life easier and gives him a better quality of life.
Feeling drowsy on the job? How would you like to take a load off and catch some winks and get paid for it? Couch not working for you, too much light... how about a high-tech space bed to help you doze off? One of the perks at The Huffington Post is a nap room.
Hunter Stuart, a Huffington Post news editor, says that you can set an alarm so you only take a 20-minute nap but it's helpful and you come back to work completely reinvigorated. If you are hungry and you forgot your lunch, don't worry: healthy snacks healthy are provided.
Feeling stressed out? How about joining co-workers for a mediation class on the job. If that doesn't work maybe a game of Ping-Pong will do.
Jordan Freeman, Huffington Post's marketing director, says there is a "huge return on the bottom line when your employees are happy and healthy. It really does lead to increase productivity." Freeman says these perks are not just an afterthought -- they are deliberate part of the company's strategy.
"Relaxing is not for slackers," Freeman says. "Relaxing is what you need to really fulfill your career goals and be your best self."
So right about now, you are probably thinking "Why doesn't my job have these perks?" Maybe your boss is watching. If not, you can do what I am going to do and dream about it.
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