Would you rather receive a $3,000 bonus or a free lunch every week with your coworkers? You might assume most workers would choose the money, especially because such a bounty is the rough equivalent of a $60 meal per week, before taxes. But as Fast Company recently reported, the 10-person local team of the Reno, Nevada company, pictured right, unanimously opted for the free weekly lunch over the bank account boost.
For starters, why was such a choice even given to the workers at ShortStack, a tech startup that designs custom Facebook pages? Simple: the free Friday lunches -- a tradition since it was founded in 2011 -- got expensive as the company's staff grew. So CEO and founder Jim Belosic says his accountant suggested that it might just make more sense to dispense with the free lunch and simply give workers a bonus check instead.
When Belosic asked his staffers whether they'd prefer the money over the group meal, the answer was unanimous: 10-0 in favor of lunch. "It shocked our CPA that everyone is happy and choosing camaraderie," he told the business publication.
Shortstack public relations manager Sara Piccola, for her part, explained to AOL Jobs why it was easy to turn down the money. "We're already paid really well," she said. "I would rather go out to lunch with my workers, who are really my friends, than receiving a one-time payment."