Why your employer should clean your house and do your laundry

The perk: house cleaning
The company: Evernote

After a long day at the office, the last thing you probably want to do is scrub your toilet — a predicament that San Francisco Bay area-based start-up Evernote totally gets.

That’s why, in 2011, the company that creates apps to help users remember their ideas decided to help its employees remember to enjoy their free time — by hiring someone else to show up at their house with a mop and broom.

According to Ronda Scott, Evernote’s director of communications, the company offers this unique employee benefit in order to keep staffers happy at work and at home. (Perhaps they’ve caught wind of the fact that being stressed outside the office often translates to less productivity at work.) “The benefits package at Evernote is designed to address the small stresses and inefficiencies of everyday life for our employees,” Scott says.

To date, nearly half of their 250 employees are taking advantage of the opportunity to have their digs cleaned (for free!) twice a month.