In India, A Chauffeur Trumps Michelin-Starred Chef In List Of Start-Up Perks

Simple solutions that improve quality of life of employees which in turns improves the productivity .


In a bid to relieve the staff from one of the most stressful and lengthy parts of an Indian employee’s day — the commute — fast-growing e-commerce marketplace Snapdeal has hired drivers to chauffeur busy executives between their homes and the office.

Silicon Valley firms such as Google and Facebook, and more recently Yahoo!, spend big on their perks (sometimes to excess) to attract and retain the best talent. While the practice has been cautiously adopted in India, with many large technology firms offering modest facilities such as free food, gym and playing facilities, some indulgences — such as Michelin-starred chefs — are just can seem extravagant, especially when it can be a mission just to get from A to B.

The perks in India scratch a different kind of itch, according to Snapdeal CEO Kunal Bahl.

“At the end of the day we’re a retail business, a marketplace…

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