Today, Evernote’s 250 employees — every full-time worker, from receptionist to top executive — have their homes cleaned twice a month, free.
It is the latest innovation from Silicon Valley: the employee perk is moving from the office to the home.
As marginal tax rates go back up again I expect this idea to spread, especially in companies with highly skilled and well compensated workforces.
A Stanford kidney specialist used a minivan to rack up favor chits she could call in when she needed help.
In one video, a kidney specialist told a story that shocked the researchers: while she was on maternity leave, she bought a minivan to ferry the children of friends and neighbors to school and sports practices.
I think companies are missing a big opportunity, especially with highly skilled parents of young children, to attract and motivate parents who are having a hard time juggling child care and work. Women especially leave work earlier because child care ends at, say, 6 PM. They've got to get onto the freeway soon enough that even if traffic is slow they'll get there in time. Put a company sponsored child care place close to the office and keep it open until 6:30 or 7 PM and women trying to meet deadlines would work more and stay with that company.
We need governmental and corporate policies aimed at making it easier for smart people to have more kids.
Companies should also enable employees to order stuff from local stores that they can pick up on their way out the door. Order everything they need in the morning or the day before. Delivery vans could bring stuff into corporate lobbies. Employees could pick up their deliveries on the way out (or have stuff delivered to their desks) and avoid extra stops at stores. Make home responsibilities less of a diversion from work.
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