Telecommuting flexibility is a much-desired perk. But with people renting rooms and houses around the globe, who’s to say that a work-from-home policy has to mean working from your own home? Software developer NodeSource has taken that idea one step further, subsidizing employees’ desire to work from anywhere by way of Airbnb coupons.
“Giving people the option of working from anywhere there is an Internet connection enables them to go their kids' Little League baseball games, their daughters' recitals, travel the world, or in my case, visit my mom in Oregon,” says NodeSource co-founder and CEO Joe McCann. “We certainly can't compete with Google and Facebook on compensation, so how do we differentiate our offerings? We believe that people value experiences over things, so we focused our perks on how people can enhance their human experience. What better way to do that than to enable people to see the world?”
NodeSource offers the coupons for work or play. The company’s design team banded together last year and rented a house on the Gold Coast of Australia to knock out projects over a week at the beach.
Beyond the appeal of working from anywhere, McCann says the company attracts engineering talent by an unusual means: avoiding email. “Whenever a new person joins the NodeSource team, they have two things they must do,” McCann says. “Create a custom emoji in Slack and send an all-company email, which is the last email they ever send.”