Everyone loves employee perks. Starbucks offers employee who works 20 or more hours a week one free pound of coffee per week. Anheuser-Busch gives all adult employees two free cases of beer each month. Most airlines offer employees and their immediate family members free airline flights. When General Motors turned the tables and offered everyone the "Employee Discount for Everyone" incentive program for one month, they posted their biggest sales month in 19 years. Everybody loves a discount.
At a bank, we cannot compete with these kinds of unique perks. We can't give our employees free money. But our employees do get perks too. CalNational Bank offers its employees free checking accounts with no monthly service fees, no minimum balance required and free checks in selected styles. We offer One Free IRA Account and waived fees on a number of services. In addition, we offer discounted rates on CDs, equity and mortgage loans.
As for the "unique perks" CalNational offers, there are several including Thanksgiving turkeys. Yes, that's right! CalNational is one of only 2% of companies that still gives employees Thanksgiving turkeys. (Actually, we give a gift certificate so employees can buy the turkey of their choice.) We also offer 100% paid parking. For those people who work in downtown Los Angeles, this can be a major expense. In addition, we have an on-site car wash in our corporate office, domestic partner benefits, courtyard café with discounted prices for employees, discounts on cell phone service, discounts on Microsoft software and discounts on entertainment and event tickets.Oh, and just like Starbucks . . . every morning we offer free coffee!