Best: Agency shares 24% of profits — and free weekly ice-cream — with workers Best: Agency shares 24% of profits — and free weekly ice-cream — with workers

Employees at this creative agency build a communal culture with free weekly ice-cream socials in the summer, unlimited free ski-lift tickets to local ski resorts and impromptu bocce tournaments. Additional perks to help employees recharge include a day off for their birthday, up to four weeks of personal time off, plus awarded time off called “WOW Hours” for employees who go above and beyond. The agency motivates employees by ensuring they share in the company’s success — 24% of profits last year were shared with employees.

Worst: Worker donates a kidney to her boss … then gets fired Worst: Worker donates a kidney to her boss … then gets fired

Deborah Stevens claimed her former employer fired her after donating a kidney so her ill boss would move up the transplant waiting list, according to a complaint filed with the New York State Division of Human Rights. She argued that Atlantic Automotive Group discriminated her disability caused by surgery complications, and plans to sue the company for lost earnings and damages.

Best: Staffing firm offers spic-and-span benefits Best: Staffing firm offers spic-and-span benefits

Benefits such as free bi-monthly house-cleaning service and flexible scheduling support employees’ needs at this staffing and recruitment firm. Three quarters of workers are women and 92% are minorities. They are given an additional week of time off and a $5,000 vacation budget after five years of employment.

Worst: Employee claims boss stole his winning lottery ticket Worst: Employee claims boss stole his winning lottery ticket

An illegal immigrant has sued his employer, claiming he stole his winning lottery ticket. The worker says he was afraid he could not claim the $750,000 prize because he is undocumented, so he asked his boss to cash the reward on his behalf.

Best: Manufacturing firm maintains fun, ‘funky’ and family-oriented culture Best: Manufacturing firm maintains fun, ‘funky’ and family-oriented culture

Swiss-owned Schleuniger recognizes employees with annual awards for the top salesperson as well as employees who personify company values. In addition, the company provides each employee with an additional two weeks of salary when sales goals are met. They manufacturing company also knows how to have fun. They celebrate with themed fun once a month for “Funky Friday” and plan a yearly summer outing for employees and often their families.


Heroes vs. Horrors: Some of the best and worst employer practices

Would you rather work for a company that shares its profits with employees, or for one that allegedly stole hundreds of thousands in lottery winnings? Easy pick, right? We thought so. To make you thankful for your employer — as well as offer you a few benefits ideas from other companies you can steal — EBN has compiled a list of the worst employer practices, alongside laudable companies from the Great Place to Work Institute’s 2011 Best Workplaces list. (Images: Thinkstock)

Best: Agency shares 24% of profits — and free weekly ice-cream — with workers

Employees at this creative agency build a communal culture with free weekly ice-cream socials in the summer, unlimited free ski-lift tickets to local ski resorts and impromptu bocce tournaments. Additional perks to help employees recharge include a day off for their birthday, up to four weeks of personal time off, plus awarded time off called “WOW Hours” for employees who go above and beyond. The agency motivates employees by ensuring they share in the company’s success — 24% of profits last year were shared with employees.





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