Mystery Box
21 Oct

5 Of 2014's Most Bizarre Employee Benefits

 Mystery Box

Employee benefits no longer just refer to the traditional benefits workers have enjoyed for decades. Now there are a whole host of bizarre, yet often useful, employee benefits offered by employers across the globe.


Hear the term “employee benefits” and you tend to think of medical insurance, corporate pensions and discount vouchers. The employee benefits industry is changing, however, and some more unusual benefits are now offered across the world as well as or instead of the more traditional employee benefits we’ve come to expect.

So here at DAM we have rounded up 5 of the most bizarre employee benefits you could receive in 2014 and where you’d have to go to get them.


1. An Altar-native Type Of Benefit

Rather than take annual leave for a wedding, Moroccans can enjoy extra days off when they or their children get married. With three children on average in a Moroccan family, that could be a lot of days off! Two days are granted for employees when their children are getting married, while four days are given for their own weddings.

China has a similar policy, which grants more days to couples marrying at a more “mature age” – i.e. over 25 for men and 23 for women.


2. An Employee Benefit That Lets You Leave A Company

Employee benefits are supposed to help employers retain their staff, yet employers in France actually help their staff if they want to leave to start their own business! As long as the employee has worked at their current company for at least two years, they are entitled to take a year’s unpaid leave to try their hand at starting their own business or acquiring an existing one and running it.

Should the employee wish, they are able to return to their previous position or one with an equivalent salary at the end of the year and the employer must welcome them back.


3. Eggs-tending Your Child-free Years 

Female employees at both Facebook and Apple can make the most of a new initiative from the two US tech companies that will offer up to $20,000 (£12,570) for egg freezing costs. By freezing their eggs, woman can delay having children until later in life and can then do so at an age where naturally it may be too late.

The idea is to allow women to focus on their careers (presumably with Facebook and Apple) throughout their childbearing years and start a family later, but this benefit has not been announced without controversy, with some claiming this is an easy way out of addressing work/life balance issues. 


4. A Benefit Staff Are Buzzing About

In Nigeria, employers offer workers a benefit which improves everyday life by providing electricity generators for homes. Not only that, but the employers also meet the maintenance costs in order to take one less worry of staff’s minds.


5. Crime Pays

They say crime doesn’t pay, but in Brazil it literally does. If an employee is sent to prison, the Brazilian government pays 80% of the imprisoned’s salary to their family throughout their jail term.  



So there is certainly no shortage of bizarre employee benefits out there that most of us here in the UK have never thought of. Whether you’d like some tips on how to employ similar benefits for your company or if you’d prefer to hear about the more traditional options then our employee benefits advice can help you out, while we also offer a free employee benefits review.


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