agency pays employees for perspective
Any of us that have traveled somewhere amazing knows that feeling you get when you return home. That tiny change in perspective, a feeling of inspiration, an awakening that stays with you no matter how quickly (or aggressively) you're thrown back into the doldrums of daily life.
thinkParallax, a California creative agency, understands this and wanted each of their employees to have that exact experience in hopes it would drive their creativity even further. To make it happen they gave each of their employees $1,500 to travel to somewhere they've never been. The only catch is they had to blog about it.
It sure would be nice if this became the norm. It's a simple concept that's likely very effective... at least until that vacation buzz completely wears off at the first client "make the logo bigger" moment.