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Companies Find New Perks for the Remote Worker


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Some employers try to compensate for the loss of subsidized gym memberships with online classes.

Credit: Fit Maine

As many companies enter a third month of lockdown with no clear end in sight, employers are toying with new perks that might address some of the struggles remote workers are facing on their own.

For instance, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. in April started giving employees access to meditation and mindfulness services from Headspace Inc. Some 9,000 of the company's workers have tried it.

Hewlett added Headspace to help employees unplug, even—or perhaps especially—with work relocated to the home, said Alan May, whose title is chief people officer at Hewlett.

Employers are also trying to compensate for the loss of perks tied to the office, like free lunches in the cafeteria.

Financial software company BlackLine Inc., for instance, is testing a four-week series of virtual classes like yoga or Pilates via ClassPass. "As we transition to a virtual or fully virtual or dispersed environment, we needed to make sure we still continue to create a culture where we were connected," says Esther Yang, global benefits manager for BlackLine.

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