Most managers would probably say that income is more important than employees. However, they just don’t know the main secret: the success of a company is directly dependent on the happiness of the people working there.
Bright Side has found proof of this. Every company on this list, no matter how large or small, continues to grow and conquer new heights with every passing day.
Chatri Sityodtong spent £400,000 to send 100 of his employees on vacation to the Maldives.
The founder of Evolve, an MMA company, decided to express his gratitude to his employees for increasing the company’s income by 30% each year with this grand gift.
And it’s not the first trip, either. Sityodtong arranged for an amazing employee vacation before, and it’s worth mentioning that the location is always kept secret. The only thing his employees know for sure is that they can expect luxurious apartments in a 5-star hotel.
BrewDog brewery management gives a week’s leave to employees who take in a puppy.
When a new family member appears, be it a puppy or a pound dog, it’s always very emotional and takes time to get used to.
Earlier, all employees of the Scottish brewery could take their new pets to work, but now they get paid leave if they take in a puppy or a dog from the pound.
Dan Price shared part of his income with his employees.
Dan Price, founder of Gravity Payments, thanked his employees for their work with a hefty bonus and shared his own income to increase everyone’s wages to $70,000 a year.
The boomerang of kindness didn’t wait long to return to him. As a sign of gratitude to the best boss in the world, the employees saved up for 6 months and gave him a surprise in the middle of the working day: when Dan refused himself millions and began earning $70,000 like all the rest, he couldn’t afford the electric car he’d been dreaming about, but his employees made his dream come true.
Savji Dholakia made it his goal to give all his employees apartments and cars within 5 years.
Hare Krishna Exports is a huge Indian corporation with hundreds of workers that exports diamonds, so it’s no wonder that its CEO has money for such gestures. Savji gave the first 1,260 cars and 400 apartments to his most productive employees in April of 2016.
It’s notable that such a generous boss has a very unspoilt son: the father sent the 21-year-old young man to a small rural town in the south of the country to gain experience, giving him a wage of 7,000 rupees ($108).
Stefan Sagmeister gives his employees a year-long leave every 7 years.
This famous graphic designer and owner of Sagmeister & Walsh thinks that if you don’t have such a lengthy vacation, you can burn out as an artist and lose your potential.
To prove the point, during his own first vacation, Stefan not only recuperated and traveled the world but also came up with a lot of new ideas that he then brought about in the following 7 years.
Lee McAteer transformed the office into a ball pit.
Every good boss strives to make the working place of their employees as comfortable as possible to make them feel better and work more productively. The owner of Invasion in Manchester, UK, went even further. The boss surprised his employees by turning the office into a giant ball pit.
Lee and his assistants were busy unloading 250,000 colorful balls from 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. Some might say the employees’ lives won’t change after that, but that’s not true. The broad-minded boss gave his workers what can’t be taken away: the happiness and good mood that they’ll remember for life.
Hime & Co management lets their female employees have a day off if they break up with their boyfriends.
The marketing company sympathizes with love issues as they cause tremendous tumult in a person’s heart that takes time to subside. Interestingly, 20-year-old ladies only have one day off to cry their hearts out; those older than 25 may have 2 days, and 30+ women can have 3 days.
The management of the company thinks that the older a woman gets, the harder a breakup hits her, so she needs more time to recuperate. Besides, it’s not the only bonus the Hime & Co employees receive: everyone can spend half a day shopping during the season sales.
Asana treats its employees to exquisite lunches and chocolate.
The company founded by the creators of Facebook thinks that delicious and healthy food may not only positively influence the performance of workers but also make them a little happier.
The management hired first-class cooks to prepare exquisite meals every day, and there’s always an ample supply of chocolate in the office. A small but precious thing, and it’s the little things that make you feel valued and appreciated.
Alex Rios bought a car for his chef who was late for work.
For several years, Veronica Solis proved to Alex Rios that she was the best possible chef for his daycare by her diligence and hard work.
The woman who won a battle with cancer was an inspiration to her boss to never give up. However, one day, she called him in tears and asked him to hire someone else to do the job because she couldn’t be at work on time due to public transport issues, thus putting his business in jeopardy.
Instead of firing Veronica, Alex solved the problem by buying her a car. As he put it himself, “It’s not every day that we can give this kind of present to people, but if we can, why not do so?”
Bonus: Stacey Thompson hosts an interview with Flex Lewis
It’s not necessary to be an employee of these companies to love your work. Just look at this journalist — she’s clearly in her element.