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Are Company Sponsored Trips The Best Perk Ever?

I’ve written about perks in relation to work before, but I may have a new perk that could top half-day Fridays. Now, I’m not taking leaving at 1pm every Friday of the year for granted, but sometimes you have to look at which perk is truly more special.

Last month, I went on a company sponsored ski trip. We left at 9:30am, skied for about 6 hours, and returned at 7:30pm. It was a pretty fantastic way to spend a day, and getting out of the office is always great. Plus it was a workout!

The reasoning behind the trip was to build a team atmosphere and I will say that it worked. I was able to talk to people about non-work related topics, and being in a more relaxed environment helps build trust. Just sitting on a ski lift for a few minutes helps you get to know someone better than 6 months in an office. I thought it would be 100% fun and a silly business expense, but after the trip, I must say that the benefits will likely transfer over to the workplace.

This month’s trip beat last month’s. We went to a steakhouse, had a fantastic lunch, and then went to a shooting range. Yes, a shooting range. You can’t get farther away from a typical work environment that that. And you get to know the people not just in your office, but in other departments, and it helps work with them later because there’s a relationship already and it’s no longer just a business conversation with a stranger.

Skiing was great and shooting a gun was an entirely different experience, but is a once a month trip better than half-day Fridays for a whole year? Maybe. I love half day Fridays. But these trips have been a breath of fresh air. Plus, who knows where we’re going next month?

Readers, which perk do you think is better? Half day Fridays or company sponsored trips?

Are Half Day Fridays the Best Perk Ever?

The job I started this summer comes with a lot of perks. In addition to the standard insurance options that most jobs have, there are a few things that are unique. We have a fridge full of Red Bull, Tropicana orange juice, and Snapple. I also have my own office, which is more of a coincidence than anything else. There are three desks in the room and the other two are vacant (one person left the company the day before I started).

But the one perk that stands tall is half-day Fridays. Each week on Friday at 1pm, everyone packs up for the weekend and goes home. It’s definitely the perk that I appreciate most. It lets me start my weekend early and gives me half a day to do anything I want. I’ve used that time to run errands, and for those who run a side business, half a day a week makes a world of difference.

A typical day runs from 9am to 6pm, but based on the hours my friends work, this is totally reasonable as rarely do people work from 9-5 anyway. So while I’m still putting in my 40 hours a week, I think it’s an easy trade-off that most people would take.

Mike from The Financial Blogger works 4 days a week and it pays huge dividends as he has built a blogging empire as well as a budding advertising company with his spare time. When work gets in the way of a side business or vice versa, it creates a big problem. Two incomes are extremely valuable, and risking one for the other is not a good idea.

It’s really hard to put a value on the half-day Friday. It means I don’t have to take vacation if I am going out of town for a mini-vacation and it reduces the number of personal days I might have to take to run my business. I’d definitely rather have that time than another $5,000 in salary, but at what point would I be willing to work those extra 4 hours a week? $10,000? More?

I’m trying to think of a perk that rivals this one. Being able to work from home is another great one that saves the time it takes to commute each day plus lots of other costs depending on the family situation. Not needing another car could mean huge savings for a family.

Readers, is my perk the best ever? What great perk does your work offer?