Web development company Basecamp has paid for its employees vacations for the last seven years.
Each year, the company puts together a list of 16 vacation packages that employees past the one-year mark get to choose from. Jason Fried, CEO of Basecamp, tells Business Insider that the trips range from $4,000-$5,000 apiece. Many are geared toward specific kinds of travelers, such as single people or couples.
Marketing and advertising company SteelHouse began the practice of giving employees $2,000 a year for vacations in 2011, when it was only a year old. Mark Douglas, SteelHouse CEO, says it wasn't a hard decision.
If people buy their vacation on a Monday, they're reimbursed up to $2,000 by Tuesday. If they can't front the money themselves, SteelHouse will let them use the company credit card.
After you've worked at human resources software company BambooHR for six months, you're entitled to $2,000 a year to go anywhere in the world. The policy started last year.
"We don't measure and say, 'OK, if you went on vacation, then you're this much more productive,'" CEO Ben Peterson told Komono News. "You can’t work 60, 80, 90 hours a week and expect to be as efficient and thoughtful and productive as you might assume."
Tour group G Adventures offers employees who've been there a full year the chance to take one of its 700 tours around the world for free each year. They're known as "familiarization trips," or FAM trips for short — similar to the way servers at a restaurant taste the menu so they can offer recommendations.
Provided you've earned enough vacation days, G Adventures will pay $3,000 for tours up to 17 days/16 nights, and flights up $750.
FullContact, a content management company, started giving employees $7,500 once a year for vacations back in 2012.
CEO Bart Lorang has said employees need to meet three criteria to get the money: They must go on vacation, disconnect, and not work while on the trip. The $7,500 stipend is on top of the 15 paid vacation days all employees are entitled to.
"In today's world of Email, iPhones, Androids, Twitter, Facebook and devices on our person 24×7, we're always connected," Lorang wrote. "It's not healthy."
Marketing analytics company Moz supplements its 21 days of paid vacation with $3,000 in expense reimbursements. It borrowed the idea from FullContact.
"If you don't take a vacation, the opportunity disappears," a 2012 blog post reads. "Hence, it's in all of our employees' great interest to take time to do what they love with friends, family, whomever (we'll pay their vacation expenses too so long as you go with them) and disconnect for a few days, or a few weeks."
Employees at the task management company Evernote have a unique work incentive.
Ranked the best place to work in the world in 2016, Airbnb gives each employee an annual stipend of $2,000 to use at any Airbnb on the planet. The money is split into a quarterly travel coupon and expires at the end of each quarter.
Similar to the G Adventures program, Airbnb has implemented the policy as a way for employees to connect with the company's user base. Employees also tend to come back feeling more refreshed and recharged.