jespah
 
Reply Fri 4 Sep, 2009 07:52 am
This discussion was inspired by this article, which asks which unusual amenities you have in your office. They happened to be talking about law offices, and unfortunately a lot of the comments are along the lines of "I'm just happy to have a job" but this was the featured answer, "A soda vending machine in the lunch room that, for 50 cents when you press the button labled “out of order”, dispenses Labatt Blue BEER. (A liquor law firm owns the floor and arranges this nice fringe benefit.)"

So, what interesting amenities or benefits do you have at your place of work? For me, since I work in publishing, there are books everywhere, many of them for the taking, and a small, elegantly furnished reading room where you can sit during your lunch hour, and read.

What have you got?
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farmerman
 
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Reply Fri 4 Sep, 2009 08:42 am
@jespah,
we have an abundance of free parking beneath shade trees.
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Francis
 
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Reply Fri 4 Sep, 2009 09:15 am
@jespah,
What else do you have "on the fridge"?
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Gala
 
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Reply Fri 4 Sep, 2009 11:40 am
@jespah,
This is an excellent question. Being around books, now that's a definite perk.

Although it's not the office...At my job I have access to the health club, which is one block away. I only pay $300 a year for membership, which means I use the pool at the end of the work day. I go to Yoga classes (on lunch break) all year round and the total cost is $120. This is so great, because I work for a non-profit, so my wallet happily accepts these prices.



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mac11
 
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Reply Fri 4 Sep, 2009 12:56 pm
Don't hate me 'cuz I'm lucky.

-- TV w/cable in the kitchen on my floor
-- Free bottled water, coffee, tea, assorted soft drinks
-- Free (very fancy) gym in the building w/clothing provided (bring your own shoes) - classes are free too - we only pay for personal trainers and massages
-- And the best one for me: At-Work Weight Watcher meetings that are 100% reimbursable
-- There's more, but you hate me enough already
roger
 
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Reply Fri 4 Sep, 2009 02:14 pm
@mac11,
Free access to a gym? That doesn't even tickle my envy button.
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Fri 4 Sep, 2009 02:25 pm
We have free access to all kinds of beverages, snacks
and free lunch.
mac11
 
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Reply Fri 4 Sep, 2009 02:30 pm
@roger,
It's saving me quite a lot of $$. But I see your point.
roger
 
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Reply Fri 4 Sep, 2009 02:32 pm
@mac11,
Real point is that I'm in no shape to work out, anyway.
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Fri 4 Sep, 2009 02:36 pm
I get to work at home.

No commute.

If I do travel to a customer site, it's on the clock.
roger
 
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Reply Fri 4 Sep, 2009 02:40 pm
@DrewDad,
Remember, while travel expenses to and from the workplace are not deductable, travel from workplace (home, in your case) to location is.
DrewDad
 
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Reply Fri 4 Sep, 2009 02:44 pm
@roger,
I get reimbursed for my mileage.

Keeping all of the records for maintenance, insurance, driving logs, etc. to be able to deduct any remainder from my income tax is a bit onerous.

But I do appreciate the suggestion.

And I use the home office deduction.
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Linkat
 
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Reply Wed 9 Sep, 2009 12:41 pm
@jespah,
Nothing - I work for a sweat shop (but at least I can jump onto A2k sometimes to get away)
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spendius
 
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Reply Wed 9 Sep, 2009 12:52 pm
@CalamityJane,
Quote:
We have free access to all kinds of beverages, snacks and free lunch.


Is it not a strain Cal to avoid becoming fat under such favourable circumstances?
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Wed 9 Sep, 2009 02:35 pm
@spendius,
Oh, didn't you know that I just hit the 450 lb. mark, spendius?
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Linkat
 
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Reply Wed 9 Sep, 2009 03:42 pm
@spendius,
I get free water (not bottled - but still it is H2O
jespah
 
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Reply Wed 9 Sep, 2009 05:31 pm
@Linkat,
I also get flex hours (kinda - they keep trying to keep me later and later, and wonder why I actually want to leave on time).
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margo
 
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Reply Wed 9 Sep, 2009 09:32 pm
Tea, coffee, biscuits, water.

I shop for the office tea and biscuits, so at least we get decent ones!

Easy access to drug information. I work for a company which handles/ distributes product information for big pharma companies.
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Sglass
 
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Reply Thu 10 Sep, 2009 03:00 am
Worked for the district manager of a major east coast brewery. My perk, I could take home two cases of beer or ale every week.
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