How to introduce employee perks that strengthen your company values
How do we maximize our employees' happiness, as well as their productivity, all the while creating a great work environment that aligns with our company values?
According to greatplacetowork.com, 100% of Front's employees say their workplace is great (based on 64 employee surveys made in July 2018). What are the perks they offer their employees to create a great work environment?
Hand out "cookies" to reward behaviors that exemplify the company's values
Each month, each Front employee has 200 "cookies" to hand out to their colleagues when they see them doing an action that exemplifies the company's core values (transparency, collaboration, care, high standards and low ego). This is a little game to encourage employees perform such actions. Employees award the number of cookies they feel each action deserves (for example, someone might receive 10 cookies for ordering or cleaning up a common area, or 20 cookies for helping out a new employee). Employees use Slack to share the recognition with everyone else and other coworkers can decide to award more cookies to that person. Finally, employees can exchange the cookies they have collected for cash, gifts, non-profit donations, etc.
Employees can go up to the CEO to chat once every other week
Every other week, Front's CEO, Mathilde Collin, makes herself available to anyone who wants to talk to her. She calls these "Mathilde is free to chat" hours, and anyone can go up to her to ask her whatever they want. She'll listen to employees' suggestions and try to put them into action or explain why she won't, in case she believes it's not beneficial for the company. This is a way to ensure openness and transparency, two of Front's core values.