In her 2021 article for the Boston Globe, Sarah Shemkus profiled the most enviable work perks. From free vacations to fully-covered commutes, companies are looking at different ways to reward employee loyalty.
A Well-Earned Free Vacation
In 2019, Waltham-based IT consulting firm Aqueduct Technologies launched a President’s Club to reward top performers with a four-day, all-inclusive vacation, but rather than offering this incentive only to sales staff, as many companies do, Aqueduct opened it up to everyone. “A large part of our culture is to make sure that things aren’t only available to some section of the employee population,” says Paige Charbonneau, director of people and culture.
About 15 employees make the cut each year. The program’s inaugural trip was postponed for pandemic reasons, so this past May winners from the last two years took a trip to a resort in Cancun. They relaxed by the pool, sipped cocktails, and sailed on a catamaran.
The vacation was a wonderful escape, says marketing campaign specialist and President’s Club member Madison Lewis. But she also appreciates the impact the incentive has had at work.