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Midstate businesses share some of the region's best fringe benefits

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AndCulture Inc. holds “one dish Wednesday” themed lunches.
AndCulture Inc. holds “one dish Wednesday” themed lunches. - (Photo / )

Food truck Fridays, dogs at work and unlimited vacation policies.

The midstate has all that — and more.

We polled regional companies in search of the best office perks offered by employers.

Remember, a happy employee is often a loyal employee — and, arguably, more productive. At least that's what some employees told us.

Here are some of the highlights.

All about lifestyle and dogs

Depending on what business you’re in, flexible schedules might be the best course of action for your employees. We found several firms that either reward employees with additional days off during non-peak periods or let them work from home and set their own hours.

The latter includes The Heuser Group Inc., an association management company in Dickinson Township, Cumberland County, that works with professional or trade associations.

“All of us are able to work the hours that we want to fit our lives,” said Rachel Jarabeck, the company’s marketing and communications director. “When you feel like you’re respected and trusted to get the work done, no matter what the schedule, you give that respect back.”

On the flip side, working from home means you never really escape work.

Alison Delsite Everett, director of communications and public affairs for the Pennsylvania Health Care Association and Center for Assisted Living Management, noted a few extra Fridays off in the summer. Organization staff works a lot of hours during state budget season and again in the fall and winter months to prepare for conventions, trade shows and an assisted living summit.

“My personal favorite we participate in (is) National Bring Your Dog to Work Day,” Everett said.

Tech tradition and naps

Harrisburg-based WebpageFX Inc. has a yearly Christmas tradition where employees are given the option to receive a technology gift — computer, tablet, phone, television — or cash bonus.

The website, Internet marketing and e-commerce company recently moved into the renovated Moffitt Mansion on Front Street, which features a rooftop deck and playroom, a fully equipped basement gym, fully furnished back patio and firepit for meetings, a coffee bar on every floor and a deck hammock so employees can take naps.

In addition to flex schedules, WebpageFX employees get $150 to spend on “whatever makes them happy at work,” said William Craig, the firm’s president.

“The incentives portion of this (happiness and incentives) program means that for every point an employee earns by learning outside of work, they cash in for prizes ranging from Starbucks gift cards to sporting events and Broadway tickets to trips to (Las) Vegas and African safaris,” he said.

Food, beer and arcades

Marketing firms also enjoy their game rooms. Swatara Township-based JPL Integrated Communications Inc., which handles everything from public relations, marketing and media production to online training solutions and corporate events, has three arcades throughout its building. Company officials are constantly coming up with new perks for employees.

“We’re just a creative bunch,” said Melissa Washington, director of human resources. “We try to keep our perks fresh by adding new, revising old and getting rid of those we no longer enjoy.”

JPL added food truck Fridays this year. It also started giving away hockey and baseball tickets.

The firm has a “beer me, bro” chip program in which employees can recognize each other’s good work, Washington said. They can turn in the chips for free drinks or appetizers at nearby Lancaster Brewing Co. any day of the week.

“The more time we spend together, having fun and sharing laughs, the stronger team we are,” she said. “It allows ideas and creativity to flow. This ultimately results in the best work for our clients. Everyone wins.”

No limits

Harrisburg-based andCulture Inc., an interactive marketing and communication studio that focuses on user experience design, has the obligatory ping-pong table, like many of its industry peers. It also has a “one dish Wednesday,” where members of the staff cook a themed lunch for everyone, said Erin Deller, program management director. If that isn’t enough, andCulture offers staff an open vacation policy.

“The environment here is amazing and evokes a collaborative and creative work environment,” Deller said.

Health clubs & golf clubs

Heritage Hospitality Management Co. in York County, which has Heritage Hills Golf Resort, has had complimentary golf and discounts on food and spa services, as well as other site activities. The company recently rolled out free health club memberships, $10 holiday buffets and $20 hotel room rates.

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