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Capital Business and AWE are partnering together to provide editorial content for Capital Business’ new weekly feature, “Life at Work”. Each week Capital Business will be profiling an innovative program offered to employees by award winning companies. Check back each week to read all about what’s new in HR.

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05/13/2014—A wedding at the office. Maga Design, a District-based strategic communication consultancy, regularly offers up its workspace for special events for its staffers and the surrounding community. Using the space for a mix of business and social events fits well with Maga’s general emphasis on work/life balance.
04/24/2014—‘Dream Grants’ allow staffers to pursue a passion. Designed to allow staffers to pursue a passion, ‘Dream Grants’ cover the costs of adventurous excursions such as mountain climbing, swimming with sharks, or surfing in Hawaii, or even something more personal. Employees can apply for grants for individual or group activities.
03/24/2014—A homemade breakfast outside the office. Eagle Hill’s staff is invited once a month for a homemade, buffet-style breakfast and a chance to chat about company issues in an informal setting. Seven years later, the breakfasts have become a company tradition.
03/17/2014—A wide range of ways to recognize accomplishments. At Cooley, spot recognition takes many forms with The Way to Go program: a flexible reward system that allows the firm to show appreciation for for rank and file employees — not just managers — to be recognized for outstanding work in a way that will be most meaningful to each individual.
03/10/2014—A fund to help employees in need. The Container Store, as part of its efforts to build an employee-centered culture, launched its Employee First Fund, which is meant to help workers facing unexpected emergencies. The company contributed $100,000 to start the fund and may contribute more money in the future.
03/03/2014—A ‘March Madness’ battle for a good cause. Employees at economics consulting firm Bates White participate in a company competition centering around three games: billiards, table tennis and poker. Like in the NCAA tournament, the teams are organized in brackets. At the end of the Night of Champions, the winning team selects a charity to receive all of the money that has been raised.
02/17/2014—A company-paid ‘babymoon’ for staffers. Falls Church-based New Editions Consulting offers staffers a company-paid getaway that allows soon-to-be parents a chance to relax and unwind before their child arrives, including men on the staff. The “babymoon” is something like a honeymoon.
02/03/2014—A different spin on a hack-a-thon. McLean-based consulting firm LMI holds an annual Launch My Idea Weekend, an event that allows employees from all levels of the organization to pitch an idea for a project that they think the company should fund.
01/27/2014—Program gives staffers a chance to travel. At District-based communications firm Powell Tate, staffers can apply to participate in a No Boundaries program. Once or twice a year, employees are invited to make a presentation about an idea they have for pursuing a personal passion. The winner receives a $1,000 stipend and five extra days of paid time off to bring the plan to life.
01/06/2014—Discount for staffers on home purchases and upgrades. Greenbelt-based real estate developer Bozzuto Group offers employees that purchase a Bozzuto-built home a discount credit for each month they’ve been employed with the company, up to a maximum of 4 percent of total purchase price. Staffers can also receive a 10 percent discount on any options and upgrades they might want for a new-build home.
12/30/2013—Company reimburses employees for massages. Vienna-based IT management and engineering services firm Bogart Associates offers each employee $750 a year to spend on health and wellness-related services of their own choosing. The policy covers services such as a gym memberships, massages, facials and personal training sessions.
12/02/2013—An international twist on Thanksgiving. Some 300 people from public health consulting firm John Snow convene at their Arlington office for a massive Thanksgiving holiday feast with an international spin. With employees from 46 countries, staffers bring dishes from their home countries and always end up with a diverse mix of cuisines.
11/11/2013—Employees can get money for their favorite charity with monthly drawing. Telecommunications firm Neustar launched a monthly charity drawing in which employees can submit the name of a favorite nonprofit for a chance to win $1,000 for that group.
11/04/2013—Company offers staffers a way to finance computer purchases. Thanks to a employee program from Falls Church-based technology solutions company Kingfisher Systems, workers can make home computer purchases up to $2,400 in value. The program is designed to give the company “a family feel,” in which individuals are supported not just in their professional lives, but their personal lives.
10/28/2013—Employee rock band takes title. Ciena’s employee rock band took the title at the Fortune Battle of the Corporate Bands event held in September at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. From the start, Ciena executives supported the endeavor, and have paid for the band members—spread across 10 cities in three countries — to get together several times a year to practice.
10/21/2013—Film festival urges employees to get creative. Dubbed the "We Are BAE Systems Film Festival", employees of the Arlington-based contracting giant BAE create videos in the categories of drama, comedy or music that expressed the values of the company in an effort to showcase individual employees and get them to share their stories.
10/14/2013—Company bonds over ’80s hair bands. Since GXS was spun off from General Electric in 2002, it has been trying to shift away from the formal corporate culture” of its former parent company. The Gaithersburg-based company has designed workplace events and practices that are more casual and more social.
10/07/2013—A vacation day for employees to get their finances in order. SunTrust Banks began its Day of Purpose program, which grants employees an extra vacation day to get their own personal finances in order or to spend time volunteering to help others do the same.
09/30/2013—Employees get local groceries at on-site farm stand. Employees of National Geographic Society get to shop at a farm stand that is set up each week at the organization’s downtown Washington headquarters. In addition to fruits and vegetables, herbs, teas and homemade jams, breads and pies are available.
09/23/2013—This company rewards hard work with a fishing trip. First Line Technology rewards employees and their families with a team-building fishing trip and seafood feast to get everyone to know each other’s personalities outside the office.
09/16/2013—Recruiters aim for relaxed atmosphere for job candidates. Cogent Communications' recruiting team invites job candidates to chat with staffers for a more natural exchange in which the interviewee can see if the company is a good fit, and vice versa.
09/09/2013—Safety skills aren’t just for relief workers. At Red Cross, all workers, no matter their job function, are allowed to take time away from their offices or cubicles to learn first aid and CPR training from one of Red Cross’s certified instructors.
09/03/2013—For GMU employees, many ways to get up and get moving. As part of a program called Mason Walk In, the human resources team has mapped out one-mile indoor walking trails in 18 buildings across all three of its campuses. (For example, if a staffer wanted to walk in the Art & Design building, the department created this recommended route: “Begin at room A1023, go one complete circle. Walk up the stairs to 2nd floor, make one complete circle there. Repeat the above steps five times to get your 1.1-mile walk.”).
08/26/2013—Office green challenge gets competitive. Staffers at the American Society of Hematology’s Washington office joined together in a floor-against-floor battle to have the greatest energy reduction. ASH’s deputy executive director said the organization reduced its energy consumption 12 percent during the week of the challenge and continued at a lower level afterwards.
08/19/2013—Local team leaders share their workplace thoughts. Boston-based burrito chain Boloco, which has outposts in downtown Washington and Bethesda, welcomes workplace suggestions from rank-and-file employees. Regional managers hear recommendations at regular leadership retreats, where they invite entry-level managers to share their thoughts.
08/12/2013—New staffers get a strong first impression. Fulcrum IT Services employee orientation process creates a small-business feel in a company that has offices across the nation.
08/05/2013—"Chief Fun Officer" at global technology services firm. With a small budget from their employer, the "Chief Fun Officer" at Dimension Data Americas’ Herndon office organizes quarterly activities for the staff that builds camaraderie and leads to better collaboration in the workplace.
07/29/2013—Employees are rewarded for outside-the-box thinking. Federal Realty Investment Trust recognizes employees who come up with outside-the-box ideas for solving problems and getting work done with a $2,500 MasterCard gift card and a framed certificate. Those who work in the firm’s Rockville headquarters also earn privileges to use a prime parking spot for the quarter in which they win.
07/22/2013—Employees shape their own benefits and perks. Twice a year, Germantown-based Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union asks its staff to take an anonymous Web survey in an effort to get their take on how things are going at the office. The survey has inspired many changes at the organization over the years, including to its benefits plans and wellness programs.
07/15/2013—Employees are rewarded with paid sabbaticals. United Educators, based in Chevy Chase, rewards its workers by offering them a one-month paid sabbatical after they’ve put in 10 years of work at the company. After that, they are eligible for another paid sabbatical every five years.
06/24/2013—‘Workout work room’ keeps employees moving. Health care communications firm IQ Solutions has transformed an empty office into what it calls a “workout work room,” a space that allows staffers to burn some calories and get work done at the same time.
06/17/2013—Company celebrates contract wins with parties. Any time the international development firm Dexis wins a bid for international work, the firm rewards its staff with a party in which the food, drinks, music and dancing are inspired by the culture of the region or country where they will be working.
06/10/2013—At this firm, employees take time off for thinking. Financial advisory firm Glassman Wealth Services has quarterly “thinking days” in which each staffer is required to spend a day away from the office to read, watch or do something that will enhance their work back at the office.
06/03/2013—Law firm staged own Olympics. Arnold & Porter staged its own London Olympics-inspired competition. The event wrapped with a closing ceremony in which staffers dined on British-themed food and winners received medals made of chocolate.
05/27/2013—Employees bond over trivia at pub. Project management firm MGAC hosts pub trivia nights, a regular ritual for employees at the Washington-based consultancy. “There’s lots of conversation going on.”
05/20/2013—Firm turns to iPads to balance work and life. Reston-based financial planning firm Fox, Joss & Yankee gives its workers iPads instead of smartphones in order to encourage staff to maintain a healthy work/life balance. The theory is that this setup creates less pressure to respond to work calls or e-mails when staffers are not on the clock.
05/13/2013—Employees enjoy perks and free rooms when they travel. At each of its properties around the country, Hyatt selects an employee of the year. The winners get an all-expenses paid trip to share with their immediate family to any destination in the United States where Hyatt has a property.

05/13/2013—How one office got healthier together. PCRM has an office policy mandating that only vegan food may be eaten in its office. The organization, which advocates for healthy eating, preventive medicine and ethical clinical research, is so committed to the rule that it notifies prospective employees of the policy when they receive an offer letter for a job.
05/07/2013—Staffers have backup child- and elder-care options. PNC provides its employees with subsidized backup child care for days when one’s normal routine falls through. PNC also offers backup elder care for employees who might need it for a parent or other relative.
04/29/2013—Scavenger hunts build camaraderie. American Chemical Society staffers say scavenger hunts help build an engaged workforce. Participants are intentionally put into teams with co-workers they don’t often work with so it becomes an opportunity to get better acquainted.
04/22/2013—This law firm picks up the tab for law school. Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, a law firm that specializes in patent and trademark work, has a generous reimbursement program that covers 100 percent of staffers’ law school tuition.
04/15/2013—MorganFranklin employees spend time in the classroom. Once a year the McLean-based firm that specializes in finance management and technology solutions takes over North Springfield Elementary for a full day to teach children about finance, business and economics.
04/08/2013—Studley’s top employees get an annual opportunity for a big adventure. Each year about 80 employees from the real estate services firm’s offices across the country go on excursions that the company organizes for its senior leaders and top-performing employees.
04/01/2013—Walker & Dunlop employees get vacation rewards. After 10 years with the company, employees are given one extra week of vacation time and $7,000 to spend. After 20 years, employees get $14,000 and two extra weeks of vacation time. If someone logs 30 years, he or she gets $20,000 and three extra weeks of vacation time.
03/25/2013—At Marstel-Day, employees take Earth Day seriously. Since the policy was put in place eight years ago, Marstel-Day staffers have taken on a wide variety of projects, including planting trees, building rain barrels and creating walking trails.
03/18/2013—At Sodexo, exercise is the first item on agenda at team meetings. The tradition was born when a group of staffers decided that the 88-person team, all of whom work from home offices, needed a jolt to their mostly inactive workdays.
03/11/2013—At Matrix Group, a spare room is used as a space for children to play. The Web development and design firm’s “kids room” is not meant to be used as a regular child care option, but rather as backup if, say, a babysitter gets sick or a summer camp session gets canceled.
03/04/2013—There’s a new perk for KEYW workers every quarter. Hanover-based KEYW has decided to get creative when it comes to retaining and rewarding its employees. The company began a program last year in which it offers a quarterly perk for all employees, one that changes each go-around to keep things fresh.
02/25/2013—At Carnegie, Scientists’ Lunch Club is a tradition. The club has made lunchtime a favorite setting for bonding with co-workers and batting around ideas with the scientists in other disciplines. The club is open to any of the geophysicists, geochemists, astronomers and other scientists who work at the organization’s campus in the Chevy Chase neighborhood of Washington.
02/18/2013—Employees take a break with in-office recitals. Employees at Wolf Trap Foundation for the Preforming Arts spend their days bringing arts performances and education programs to their community. But once a week during the summer months, the entertainment comes to them.
02/11/2013—World WildLife Fund workers get every other Friday off. Every other Friday, the typical hustle and bustle at the World Wildlife Fund’s Washington office comes to a halt. The organization closes its’ doors for one day every other week, a schedule that helps it meet dual goals of conservation and work-life balance.
02/04/2013—Team Building happens outside the office at IT firm. At Hanover-based Tek Systems, the approach to employee rewards is a highly democratic one.  The information technology staffing firm foots the bill for a quarterly outing for its employees, and leasers leave it up to their teams to determine what the activity will be.
01/21/2013—At Ernst & Young, a chance to help with conservation. Only 30 candidates are accepted each year to go on one of three trips to Brazil or Costa Rica. Participants are trained by Earthwatch’s scientists and then gather information to help the researchers.
01/21/2013—At D.C. company, Wednesday night events are a chance for collaboration. Once a month, employees of District-based consulting firm AtSite stay late at the office to crank up some music, duke it out in table tennis matches and enjoy a catered dinner on the company’s tab.
01/14/2013—Sandy Spring Bank matches employees’ volunteer work with cash donations. When employees at Sandy Spring Bank volunteer for 50 hours in their communities, the company supports that commitment by kicking in a $200 contribution on its own.
01/07/2013—Housekeepers at Kimpton Hotels have own Olympics. Every fall, housekeepers at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants gear up for a big battle. The vacuum cleaners, bed sheets and towels they deftly wield, fold and distribute each day become apparatus in an annual showdown known as the Housekeeping Olympics.
12/31/2012—At WiserTogether, employees get their birthdays off. Shub Debgupta, chief executive of the health care analytics and strategy company, said he started offering the perk last year and that it has been popular so far with his employees.
12/24/2012—At Scottrade, points for good work can add up to TV, piano. Through a Web-based program called “Get Invested,” employees can reward each other for doing an exceptional job in categories such as team work, customer service or learning and development. Employees are able to bank the points throughout the year and cash them in for a wide variety of items, ranging from screwdrivers and photo frames to flat screen televisions, refrigerators and even grand pianos.
12/10/2012—Consulting firm offers employees a beach house prize. The president of District-based management consulting firm, The Clearing, turns over his shore house to a top-performing employee and his or her guests for a weekend twice a year. To win the prize, an employee can be nominated by any co-worker, including a boss, a subordinate or even a peer.
12/03/2012—Employees at local retirement community are eligible for free literacy tutoring. To help them succeed on the job, Asbury Methodist Village, a retirement community in Gaithersburg, offers free English tutoring to its workers. The coaching takes place on campus, making it easy for employees to attend their lessons.
11/26/2012—At software and consulting company referral bonuses aren’t just for employees. At CollabraSpace, the human resource team has found personal referrals to be its most valuable tool for hiring.  To motivate employees to keep good recommendations coming, they offer a generous referral bonus of $10,000.
11/19/2012—Company offers free MBA program to some employees. Qiagen, which is based in Hilden, Germany, selects 20 top-performing employees a year to participate in a two-year MBA program. Employees continue to work full-time, but are able to obtain their degrees through a combination of distance-learning activities and regular trips to Germany.
11/12/2012—For employees and their families, a deal on auto leases and free car insurance. Volkswagen employees can lease a new Volkswagen or Audi vehicle every six to 12 months for a cost equal to 1.5 percent of the retail price. The company not only pays for registration and maintenance expenses, it also covers the cost of car insurance.
10/29/2012—A way to beat Tysons holiday traffic? In order to make it easier for staffers to get home earlier at this busy time of year, the wealth management firm Cassaday & Co. began an early release day program in 2006. Now that’s a perk!
10/22/2012—Investment firm lets employees invest in nonprofits. At Calvert Investments, leaders have sought to create an office culture that values social responsibility and volunteerism.
10/15/2012—BDO offers workers flexibility with schedule, location. BDO Flex began five years ago to answer employees needs for a more flexible work schedule.
10/08/2012—At recruitment firm, appreciation is something bubbly. At Tangent, a District-based recruitment firm, employees say there is typically a buzz of excitement around the office on the day before Thanksgiving.
09/24/2012—At DMI, grilling contests foster friendly competition. The Bethesda consulting firm’s “Tech Chef” event lets employees duke it out for cooking supremacy.
09/10/2012—Rand project superintendents work long, odd hours at demanding jobs. After 10 years working for Rand, the superintendants are rewarded with a weeklong Caribbean cruise.
09/03/2012—For Smithsonian workers, a discount that helps with holiday shopping and eating lunch. The Smithsonian gift shops aren’t the only place where employees enjoy reduced prices. The 20 percent discount is also good at all the museums’ restaurants.
08/27/2012—At Wegmans’s grocery chain, employees get help with college costs. Through the company’s college scholarship program part-time workers are eligible to receive $1,500 a year for 4 years wile full time workers can get $2,200 a year for 4 years.
08/20/2012—ImmixGroup adds ‘busy season’ benefits. ImmixGroup is a McLean-based firm that facilitates business between technology companies and the government. Sept. 30 marks the end of the fiscal year for federal agencies, and ImmixGroup receives a deluge of under-the-wire orders immediately preceding the deadline. The increased workload means unusually long hours for employees, and so ImmixGroup adds a host of “busy season” benefits to make late nights at the office more tolerable.
08/13/2012—Bright Horizons has center to help with workers’ well-being. Is a happy worker a productive worker? Dan Henry, the chief human resources officer for Bright Horizons, thinks so. There are close ties between an employee’s well-being and his or her job performance, Henry said, and that’s why he set out to get a better understanding of the personal factors that were causing stress for his firm’s workers.
08/06/2012—CustomInk theT-shirt design firm feeds employees breakfast and lunch. When a CustomInk employee dashes out of the house on a Monday morning without eating breakfast, they know they’ve got nothing to worry about. When she arrives at her office at CustomInk, a free meal will be waiting for her.
07/30/2012—CarMax employees get discounts on their vehicles. CarMax, the national chain of dealerships, gives employees and their families $500 off any new or used car. Interested buyers can log on to the company’s Web site, find what they’re looking for and have the vehicle transferred to a location near them.
07/23/2012—Emirates airline employment comes with cheap flights. Emirates gives employees and their immediate family members discounts up to 90% on standby tickets, and half-price fares for confirmed seats.
07/16/2012—Appian goes for the unconventional when hiring. We believe in hiring aptitude,” Matt Calkins chief executive said. “It’s far more important to us than experience.”
07/09/2012—At Camden Property Trust, an employee discount at home and away. The apartment management company gives full-time employees a 20 percent break on its apartments that employees can use for themselves or pass on to their parents or children. (Part-time employees receive 10 percent discounts.)
07/02/2012—On-site wine bars keep employees satisfied at DPR. Chardonnay or merlot? At DPR Construction, the workplace comes with a wine bar. DPR counts “enjoyment” as one of its four core values (the other are “integrity,” “uniqueness” and “ever forward”).
06/25/2012—At Whole Foods, a ‘Survivor’-like ritual. Annoyed with a colleague? At Whole Foods Market, you can vote them off the island – or rather, out of the company.
06/18/2012—Local company’s rewards: Tickets to sporting events. Mosaic Data Services rewards employees with tickets to sporting events. At least a couple of times every quarter, the company hands out tickets to Capitals, Redskins and Nationals games to high-performing employees. Sometimes the company adds Oriole tickets or yacht trips to the mix.
06/11/2012—Fridays are child’s play at MicroPact in Herdon, VA. The tradition — a grass roots effort by parents at the company — started about three months ago, following what Dietrich calls a 2011 baby boom at the software firm.
06/04/2012—WRIT employees tone up with on-site boot camp. The Rockville-based real estate investment trust has been hiring personal trainers to offer boot camp sessions — a mix of weight training and cardio workouts — to its employees at its headquarters for about a year.
05/28/2012—PR firm SpeakerBox lets its workers leave early every other Friday. Summer Hours are a huge perk at this McLean Office. The McLean-based public relations firm allows employees to leave work four hours early every other Friday between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
05/21/2012—PricewaterhouseCoopers connects moms-to-be with moms-already. The London-based firm also allows parents — both mothers and fathers — to leave the company for as many as five years to be with their children.
05/14/2012—Life at work: 9-to-5 with a bit of salsa. Wellness Corporate Solutions takes employees dancing, hiking. One Friday a month, employees at the Cabin John company take the afternoon off for an outing. Activities have ranged from ballroom dancing to a basketball challenge to hiking the Billy Goat trail.
05/07/2012—CoStar keeps a stash of Segways for employees. The Segways, which the company began using about two years ago, are part of a broader push toward sustainable transportation. The company has four electric car-charging stations in its parking garage, and offers free shuttles to and from Metro Center every morning and evening.
04/30/2012—Chaney Enterprises employees get half off their insurance by taking a physical. Chaney Enterprises, a concrete supplier based in Waldorf, has been offering its wellness program to employees for about four years. Approximately 90 percent of employees take part, according to the company’s benefits coordinator.
04/23/2012—Company offers jobs, support for injured veterans. SRA International, an information technology firm, in Arlington VA, helps wounded warriors transition from the military to a career.
04/16/2012—Firm rewards workers with action figures. At Decision Lens, an Arlington VA based software development company rewards high-performing employees with action figures in their own likeness.
04/09/2012—Verizon Wireless offers on-site university classes. Forget going to school. At Verizon Wireless, the university comes to you.  Verizon Wireless in partnership with Strayer University offers classes to their employees right at the office.
04/02/2012—Luck of the draw could land you a two-week vacation at one area company. Every month Motley Fool randomly selects one lucky employee and sends them on a two week all expenses paid holiday.
03/26/2012—Employees get chocolate to mark anniversaries. Germantown company Hughes Network Systems marks anniversaries with chocolate. Each year employees at Hughes Network Systems receive a delicious chocolate bar, in a lovely, gold box for their anniversary with the company.
03/19/2012—Non-profit provides seven weeks of leave, paid sabbaticals. A job you love and seven weeks annual vacation. Read all about how Miriam’s Kitchen gives their employees seven weeks of annual leave.
03/12/2012—At Human Genome Sciences, monthly massages for employees. Like the idea of a monthly massage to ease your tensions? At Human Genome Sciences, in Rockville MD, massages are available every month to employees.
03/05/2012—Need a vacation? Just work for JBS International for 15 years and as a thank you receive a trip of a lifetime. The IT consulting firm gives employees two round-trip tickets to any destination of their choosing after they have been at the company for 15 years.
02/27/2012—Have a sick dog? Company’s pet insurance can help. IntelliDyne in Falls Church, VA offers health insurance for employees, for domestic partners, for kids, and for pets. The firm recognizes that pets are part of the family too and insurance can help keep pet care costs down.
02/21/2012—Casual Fridays are charitable at one Rockville firm. Chevo Consulting has a unique approach to casual Friday -- since late 2010, the Rockville company has been allowing employees to wear jeans on Fridays — but only if they donate $1 to charity.
02/13/12—Firm’s wedding gift to employees: An extra week off. Getting married? You should be working at Corporate Network Services, where employees who are getting married, are given an additional week off to use to prepare for or unwind from their wedding festivities.
02/06/12—At one Rockville company, Fridays are sunny side up. Optimal Networks, in Rockville, MD, starts every Friday with a company breakfast cooked by the COO. Pancakes, eggs, sausage, hash browns, fruit and coffee are prepared in the large company kitchen for all to enjoy.
01/30/12—Honest Tea sends quarterly snack boxes to workers. Honest Tea supplies quarterly snack boxes to all their employees so they will always have a healthy snack option while they are working.  It’s company policy to provide all the same perks and benefits for  their Bethesda based and field employees.
01/23/12—$25,000 loans to cover down payments and closing costs for employees. Employees at the Consumer Electronics Association may receive $25,000 towards the down payment and closing costs of a new home if they purchase that home in Arlington, VA.
01/16/12—How to welcome new employees? InTec gives gift baskets to families of new employees. The government contracting firm has been welcoming new employees and their families with gift baskets since its founding seven years ago. ets-to-families-of-new-employees/2012/01/10/gIQAdvPU1P_story.html
01/09/12—KPMG’s has their own daily deals Web site and it offers terrific deals. The daily deals are an extension of a more traditional employee discount program.
01/02/12—At Near Infinity, gift-giving goes beyond the holidays. Near Infinity, a Reston-based software development company, gives managers $100 to spend on each employee every year.
12/26/11—Bethesda company offers unlimited time off. Unlimited Vacation Days: WeddingWire’s employees no longer need to stock pile vacation time and sick leave.
12/12/11—Life at work: After 25 years at Marriott, a free room — and sometimes breakfast. After 25 years at Marriott employees are eligible for free hotel rooms, forever.
12/05/11—Life at work: At CapitalSource, the boss picks up the lunch tab everyday. Who says there’s no such thing as a free lunch anymore?  For the staff at Capital Source, every day includes a free lunch.
11/28/11—Life at work: Feeling frazzled? Take a day and shop. The Mental Health Association of Montgomery County gives employees time off for holiday shopping as a way to relieve stress.  Read all about this innovative and easy employee perk. frazzled-take-a-day-and-shop/2011/11/14/gIQA0muN2N_story.html
11/21/11—Life at work: At one area office, dogs and rats are all in a day’s work. At The Humane Society of the United States’ office in Gaithersburg MD, it's okay to bring your pet dog, cat, guinea pig or even your rats to work.
11/14/11—Life at work: At NetApp, gratitude comes hand-written. In this day and age of electronic and impersonal communications, a hand written thank you note makes a huge impression.
11/07/11—Life at work: Going the extra mile for employees who walk to work. Who needs a car? Workers at Calvert Investments in Bethesda are rewarded with using alternate transportation to get to work? Walkers receive an annual shoe stipend. Bikers receive a generous contribution towards a bike and mass transit riders are reimbursed for their Metro and bus rides.
10/31/11—Life at work: A Halloween parade and day care at the office. Daycare at the office keeps kids close at hand.  Read how Discovery Communication’s, Discovery Kids Place childcare center provides daycare for infants and youngsters right in the same building as mom and dad giving families opportunities to see each other during the work day. Page 25:
10/23/11—Life at work: Consulting firm rewards employees with vacations. Need a vacation? Booz Allen Hamilton rewards employees who reflect the company’s values, including client services, teamwork, and fairness with an all expenses paid 4 day holiday.
10/06/11—Life at work: Employees help company turn office into green haven. Read all about Transportation Management Services' 2,000 square foot green roof, the cascading flowers in their building's main entrance and the vegetable seedlings growing in cups on sunny window sills in this week's Capital Business.
10/09/11—Life at work: Giving up the plastic utensils. Capital Business profiles the American Speech-Language-Hearing Associations commitment to being a green workplace with an article on how they replaced disposable cutlery for stainless steel.
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