Technology companies are known to offer cool perks to their employees to keep them happy.
Salesforce offers its employees Volunteer Time Off (VTO), which allows employees to take seven days of paid leave to give back to causes they care about and matches up to $5,000 in spending towards this cause.
Tesla has a free shuttle service and a monthly subsidy to help employees manage the costs of travelling to and from work.
IBM offers its employees free one-on-one financial sessions with independent consultants to help them manage their personal finances.
South African tech companies also offer their employees some great perks – as detailed below.
Vodacom offers employees two days of leave each calendar year to participate in volunteer activities.
It also offers 24 weeks fully-paid maternity leave, or 16 weeks and the option to work 30 hours per week for the first six months upon their return to work.
10 days of paternity leave is also offered. However, this is set to increase substantially next year.
“By 31 March 2021, in line with Vodafone global policy, Vodacom employees will be offered 16 weeks of fully paid parental leave following the introduction of a new global policy designed to support families by giving every parent the opportunity to have more time with children new to their family,” Vodacom told MyBroadband.
“Any employee whose partner is having a baby, adopts a child, or becomes a parent through surrogacy will have the flexibility to take up to 16 weeks paid leave at any time during the first 18 months.”
Vodacom employees also have access to on-site medical services, hairdressers, beauticians, personal trainers, and a subsidised canteen facility.
Finally, Vodacom employees who are the victim of domestic violence or abuse get 10 days fully-paid leave and are offered access to counselling and life management tools, as well as a support and counselling call centre.
Beyond standard employee benefits such as medical aid and pension fund, MTN offers a variety of lifestyle benefits.
“However, there are guidelines and policies that govern these benefits – for example, some benefits require an employee to first complete a service period of 12 consecutive, uninterrupted months of MTN employment and should be permanently employed,” said MTN.
MTN highlighted the following employee benefits:
All permanent employees
- Free data and airtime
- Discount when purchasing devices at MTN stores
Selected permanent employees (Seniors)
- Free data and airtime allocation
- Discount when purchasing devices
- Health and fitness benefits
- Personal travel
- Sporting activities
Cell C told MyBroadband that it offers various benefits to its employees.
- Free massages for all employees twice a year
- Blood drives throughout the year
- On-site beautician
- Regional Cell C wellness events
- Virgin Active on-site
- Yearly flu vaccines
- Breast cancer awareness campaign
- ER24 on-site clinic which is used for initiatives Cell C runs
- Careways – Employee Wellness Program
- Various education elements through our Employee Wellness Program
- Gender forum
- Cell C sanitary pad drive
iOCO told MyBroadband that an interesting perk it offers is its commitment to “Modern Ways of Work”.
“We’re in the process of rolling out work hubs as opposed to siloed offices where all iOCOans are welcome to work at a hub during the week,” iOCO said.
“There are fixed teams in buildings, but they also get to use the entire space based on the kind of work they’re engaging in. A collaboration culture is being built daily through this approach to the workspace.”
iOCO also highlighted that employees have access to its CEO through an online platform.
“We can ask questions, share content, and build relationships regardless of designation in the business,” said iOCO.
iOCO said that while it offers other benefits such as great in-house coffee, it believes that its commitment to modern working practices drives real change in the company.
1-grid CEO Thomas Vollrath said 1-grid encourages employees to try out different functions so that they find something they enjoy doing.
“Not only does this result in a positive experience for the employee, but the company grows significantly thanks to their contributions,” said Vollrath.
Other interesting perks offered by 1-grid include:
- Flexi hours – employees can arrive at work any time between 07:00 and 10:00 and leave between 16:00 and 19:00 as long as they have worked their contractual hours.
- Breakfast every morning.
- Bottomless coffee.
- Games room – including foosball, gaming console, and TV. Loungers are also provided for employees to lie down if they need a power nap.
- Home Internet connection subsidy.
- A free web hosting or website builder account.
Axxess offers its employees both breakfast and lunch, which are served at the company’s cafeteria.
It also offers on-site gym facilities, a laundry service, and an entertainment area – which includes a pool table, vending machines, and big-screen TVs.
Other employee perks include:
- Flexible working hours
- Employee discounts
- Good transport connections
Pargo said that taking action is one of its core values and it has created an inclusive, flexible, active, and informal work culture to reflect this.
It sets targets and celebrates milestones through different activities led by its Happiness Manager.
These include soccer, cooking competitions, concerts, festivals, bowling, and sunrise kayak excursions.
Pargo is also situated in walking distance from Trafalgar pool, which has a “mostly-empty 50m pool.”
It also offers flexible work arrangements and a KPI-driven bonus system.
“Some of our employees have been with us since we started Pargo in 2015,” said Pargo co-founder Derk Hoekert.
“This of course we love to see and reward. We have introduced a loyalty leave day for every year worked at Pargo. Our employees prefer this to the golden watch.”