Tracksuits and laundry service: Companies are getting creative with remote employee perks – CNN

Tracksuits and laundry service: Companies are getting creative with remote employee perks – CNN

“There is remote work, and then there is pandemic work,” said Doug Merritt, president and CEO of San Francisco-based Splunk, a data platform company. “I am so much more tired at the end of the day, even though my hours are relativity consistent. The end of an office day is so different then the end of a Zoom day.”
Corporate leaders realize that a big part of the company’s culture is tied to the experience of being in the office: the amenities, the food, the social gatherings. And replicating these things is hard when employees are working from home.
However, some companies are coming up with ways to keep their workers engaged and feeling appreciated even if they can’t all be together.

Picnic boxes, track suits and other gifts

To show its appreciation, software delivery platform Harness has been sending out gifts to its remote employees.
“Gifts are important during this time to keep people engaged and aligned with our mission,” said Luan Lam, Harness’ vice president of global talent. “We like to surprise employees every so often with a gift of some kind.”
Since the company-wide picnic was canceled this year, each of Harness’ 250 employees received a box to create their own fun. Costing about $125 apiece, each box included a blanket, mat, water bottle, tie dye kit, a few snacks, sunscreen and some other treats.