HR Strange But True!
June 30, 2011

At Harbinger Partners, a Minnesota IT consulting firm, not only does the company want employees to take their vacations—it helps pay for them. Sounds great, doesn’t it? The only problem is that you have to dress up like your destination!

According to an article on the Good Company blog, Harbinger Partners is a nine-time winner of the Minneapolis/St. Paul “Best Places to Work Award” and a winner of the “Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award.” The company is known for rewarding its employees well. Workers receive a gift card equal to $100 for each year worked for “milestone events” and attend a yearly family-included resort weekend.

In addition, the president of the company had the idea to fund “memorable family vacations” for 5- and 10-year anniversaries with cash gifts of $5,000 and $10,000!

The award winners are honored at a special all-company anniversary celebration that is actually a costume party. When they pick up their checks, the recipients and their co-workers must appear in apparel and bring props reflecting the potential destinations.

According to the article, employees have dressed up like matadors with capes, Aussie tour guides, inhabitants of various beach locations—think grass skirts and straw hats—and, of course, they’ve worn red shorts and mouse ears.

Needless to say, despite the dress-up requirement, this benefit has been a boon to recruitment for the company.


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