Benefits Strategy

31 Unique Employee Benefits that Your Employees Will Love

Written by Kate

The “Great Resignation” has been a topic of conversation for the past two or so years. Since COVID, we’ve seen an ever-increasing rate of employees quitting their jobs, especially due their lack of employee benefits. According to a recent study, at least 20% of employees globally plan to leave their current job by 2022.

The reasons for this trend vary, but one thing is clear: if you want to compete with other companies for talent (especially millennials and Gen Z), you need to find creative ways to attract top talent. Research shows that it’s no longer good enough to pay someone a competitive salary. People are looking for something extra that makes their life easier and productive.

Sweetening your employee benefits program can help you attract and retain top talent, giving you an edge in the talent war. It can also help create an engaging and happier work environment where employees want to stay.

In this article, we’ve compiled a list of some of the more unique employee benefits that your employees will love. But before we dive in, let’s quickly distinguish between traditional and non-traditional benefits.

Read on to learn more about this topic! Click on the sections below to jump right to your specific question.

What Is the Difference Between Traditional and Non-Traditional Benefits?

Traditional employee benefits are those that have been around for decades. These are typically the standard medical and healthcare coverage, retirement contributions and company stock options that many employers offer.

Non-traditional benefits are perks created in response to a shift in society. These benefits consist of anything else not traditionally found in an employment contract.

Examples of non-traditional benefits include services like on-site dry cleaning, free snacks and beverages in break rooms or pantries stocked with healthy and organic options.


What Is the Business Benefit of Offering Non-Traditional Employee Perks?

Traditional benefits are not enough anymore to attract the younger generation, who, in fact, make up the largest percentage of American workers. Many companies have created custom, non-traditional perks that resonate with that group.

While most of these benefits may seem fun or ridiculous at first glance, there is much business sense behind them. Undoubtedly, they make you look like a fantastic employer. 

They also:

All these factors affect a company’s productivity and profitability. But, you don’t have to offer every non-traditional benefit to achieve your goals. The following list provides some suggestions for implementing out-of-the-box perks to set your company apart.

happy team members

31 Unique Employee Benefits that Employees will Love

1.  New baby bonus

Bringing a little one into the world is a costly affair. New parents need lots of financial and mental support. Go the extra mile and help new parents to start their family on a solid foundation without unnecessary stress.

2.  Fertility assistance

Fertility care is inaccessible to many U.S citizens because of costs. Employees with fertility challenges may need an extra boost to cover fertility treatment costs that their insurance provider doesn’t cover. You can also help your employees with surrogacy costs or egg freezing if that’s a viable option.

3.  Private lactation facilities

Breastfeeding is good for both mom and baby. It fortifies a child’s immunity and improves intelligence. Breastfeeding also promotes bonding between the mother and child and reduces the mother’s ovarian and breast cancer risk.

 Allow new parents to derive maximum benefits by providing a private facility where they can breastfeed their child as recommended or express breast milk.

4.  Parental and family leave policies

Childcare experts at UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) maintain that the first 1,000 days of a child’s life have a lasting effect on their wellbeing. The average maternity leave is 12 weeks, but in reality, the family needs more time with the newborn or newly adopted child.

Let new parents take as much time off as they want after the birth or adoption of their children without repercussions, such as lack of promotions and wage increases, during this period.

5.  Childcare discounts or on-site childcare facilities

Finding a daycare facility that is open and affordable for hours needed by both parents to work can take weeks of research and hundreds of phone calls. 

Alleviate childcare burdens by offering employees with young children the option to bring their children on work days. 

6.  Mental health support

26% of Americans suffer from a mental health issue annually. Offering your employees mental health assistance through reduced-cost counseling sessions, online therapy services, and confidential consultations with a psychiatrist can benefit both them and you.

mental health support

7.  Pet-friendly workplace

Over 70% of American households own at least one pet. The relationship between pets and their owners is often similar to that of a child with their parents. 59% of pet parents feel guilty when they cannot spend time with them regularly. 

Create a pet-friendly office with designated areas like “doggie daycare,” waste stations and indoor dog parks.

8.  Employer-subsidized pet insurance

The average cost of emergency care at a veterinary hospital is $150 – $1200, an expense that can put your employees in a tight spot financially.

Subsidized pet insurance plans allow you to pay a small monthly fee per employee who owns a pet.

9.  Kid’s college assistance 

College costs are rising, and students are carrying more debt than ever before. Consequently, offering college assistance is an excellent way for employers to provide security for families that might not otherwise be able to afford it. You can help by setting up a 529 plan or scholarship fund for your employees’ children.

10.  Personalized appreciation notes 

Personal recognition by senior management is vital for many employees. 37% of respondents in a recent survey said regular personalized recognition can help them improve their performance at work. Surprisingly, a recent Gallup poll discovered that 65% of employees had received no recognition the whole year.

Go beyond the customary gift card by regularly sending personalized appreciation notes to employees. You can also send shoutouts on social media or handwrite a thank you note.

11.  Work anniversary celebrations

Acknowledging employees who have been with the organization for an extended period is a great way to boost their morale. These celebrations might be on the one-year, five-year or even 10-year mark of employment. 

Set up a lunch or coffee date with them so they can tell their stories about how they’ve seen your company grow over time. 

12.   Free food and drinks

Who doesn’t like free snacks, candy, coffee or beer? Google is famous for its on-site amenities, such as cafes that serve a wide variety of foods, from healthy options to desserts.  Even if you don’t have Google’s financial muscle, you can customize your food and drink offerings to incentivize your employees.

For example, you can order lunch or surprise your team with coffee and donuts twice weekly. Alternatively, take the team out for lunch or dinner monthly.

13.   Surprise days off

Appreciate your employees for their energy, effort and time at work. Give them a day off when they hit major project milestones under budget and on time. Dismiss them early on a random Friday evening or when a long holiday is coming up.

14.   Relocation assistance

Uprooting family, friends, and home without some help when starting a new job is difficult. Offer to pay your employees’ relocation expenses. Provide an apartment while they find a permanent residence, or offer to pay a percentage of their rent until they are settled into a new place. Use 9Kilo’s list of the best 10 movers and packers in the US to narrow down your options, save money, and streamline the relocation process.

15.   Mandatory PTO

Paid time off policies are typically mandatory for most companies. However, it can be hard to enjoy your time off when you’re still receiving emails and phone calls from work while on vacation. One solution is to offer mandatory paid time off two times a year when everyone’s out of the office at the same time.

16.   Co-working space stipend

Loneliness is a major downside of the hybrid and virtual business landscape most companies are operating in. Employees can feel isolated from society with all of their friends and co-workers spread out across different locations. For some people, being lonely can even lead to depression or anxiety. 

Combat this problem by offering co-working stipends for remote employees. 

17.   Company subsidized or fully-funded education opportunities

94% of employees would stay longer with a company that invests in their careers. As the job market changes, employees are looking for companies that will help them upskill, reskill and advance their careers.

Offer your employees access to free courses every month. You can also offer them decent reimbursements for learning a new language for work, taking leadership classes, earning an MBA etc.

18.   Anonymous manager feedback programs

A bad boss can be the downfall of a company. Employees dissatisfied with their manager will seek other employment and bring that bad energy with them, costing the business money and causing an unprofessional environment. 

Implementing anonymous manager feedback programs is an excellent way for managers to improve themselves. It also offers an opportunity for constructive criticism from the people they manage. 

19.   Employee assistance programs

An employee assistance program is an employer-sponsored benefit that provides emotional and practical support to employees when they experience life challenges. Benefits of EAPs include a higher rate of employee engagement and life satisfaction. 

Implement an employee assistance program to help employees with family issues, alcohol and substance abuse, financial planning, and mental health.

20.   Corporate wellness and fitness programs

A healthy workforce can make a massive difference for your organization. Some suggestions for wellness programs include providing subsidized gym memberships and regular access to massage therapy or acupuncture. You can also reward your employees for healthy activities, such as running, jogging, or biking!

Other ideas include an on-site gym with treadmills and yoga mats, healthy eating options in the cafeteria, and incentives for taking a sick day off when feeling ill.

employee biking to work

21.   Cyber security and identity theft insurance

54% of companies experience at least one cyber-attack annually. Cybersecurity insurance covers risks if someone steals login credentials to access company data remotely. These include data breaches, intellectual property theft, trade secrets disclosure, and financial fraud schemes like wire transfer scams.

22.   House Cleaning services

People who work long hours may have no time to do chores at home. Offering household help periodically will ensure that employees don’t feel too overwhelmed with their duties.

23.   Potlucks and bonding events

Employee bonding is an essential part of any company’s culture. It helps to build trust and camaraderie in a company. 

Host potlucks, volunteer events or company picnics for employees to know one another and build relationships that will strengthen their workplace dynamic. It can also provide a space for new hires who are still adjusting to life in their new office.

24.   Gender reassignment support

Transgender employees often go through a lot. Whether it’s coming out, changing their name or undergoing surgery, they need all the support they can get. Offer help to employees who are transitioning genders by allowing time off for reassignment surgeries or counseling sessions. Cover part of the cost of surgery or hormone therapy treatments, too, if you can.

25.   Company-sponsored LGBT events

Do you want to be known as a progressive and inclusive employer? Don’t just make big statements. Put your words into action by hosting LGBT awareness training and offering equal benefits for same-sex couples in your organization.

26.   Welcome packages for new employees

The first day of work is an exciting milestone for a new employee. A welcome package can be an excellent way to show a prospective employee they’re valued and welcomed into the company. Include tools or items that will make the new employee’s life easier at work such as coffee, snacks, and personal protective equipment.

27.   Paid day off for religious holidays

Every company strives to be a multicultural organization. Giving every worker in your company an additional day off on their cultural holiday shows them that their heritage is valued and respected. Provide a holiday party with traditional foods from the employee’s culture if possible.

28.   Screen protectors

Working on a computer all day can cause some side effects. Blurry vision, headaches and neck pain are just a few of the common complaints that many people face after spending hours staring at their screens.  Offer a screen protector to help ease some of these symptoms.

29.   Discounted internet plans

The modern workforce requires constant access to email, websites, and programs for productivity. If employees don’t have reliable Wi-Fi connection then working from home becomes difficult. Make your employees’ life easier by offering discounted internet plans or upgrading their existing plan for them.

30. Eldercare

1 in 6 US has an elderly person in their care. Eldercare is a crucial and time-consuming task that can overwhelm employees and decrease their productivity.

An on-site eldercare program can offer daily or weekly respite, so caregivers are not exhausted from providing round-the-clock care. 

31. Money management and financial planning services

Financial wellness includes more than just offering a 401k plan. It also includes empowering your employees with knowledge and information so they can make decisions that will lead to their personal prosperity and stability in life.

Connect them with financial planners for advice on investments, retirement, debt management, and budgeting.


Small but thoughtful and kind gestures have sufficient weight to change behavior. They make people feel appreciated for their hard work and help keep morale high at the office. Moreover, some non-traditional benefits do not cost that much to implement.

Customize your offerings to your employees’ needs and overall business strategy if you are strapped for cash. To be sure, conduct a quick self-assessment to identify budget-friendly perks that can help you stand out among the competition. Involve your employees in decision-making to ensure they value the benefits you want to implement.

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