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Luxury designer gifts, helicopter flights and free tattoos are among the list of job benefits that employees at an Australian marketing agency are treated to.

Chain Social founder Shelby Van Zwol, 28, started the Melbourne business in August 2016 at the age of 23 and treats her staff to a ‘team building’ day every month.

Shelby told FEMAIL that the eventful day is an opportunity for its 28 employees to ‘recharge’ from the busy work environment.

‘We’ve done all kinds of things, I like to be a little exaggerated! We’ve taken helicopter flights, enjoyed art classes and fancy meals, went out for tattoos, and even planned a trip to Hayman Island in August for Chain’s fifth birthday, ”she said.

The day is free and there are no specific goals to be ‘earned’, as Shelby said she just allocates money each month to make sure the team can enjoy themselves.

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Founder Shelby Van Zwol, 28, (pictured) from Melbourne, launched Chain Social in August 2016 at the age of 23 and treats her staff to a 'team building' day every month

Founder Shelby Van Zwol, 28, (pictured) from Melbourne, launched Chain Social in August 2016 at the age of 23 and treats her staff to a ‘team building’ day every month

Luxury designer gifts, helicopter rides at Christmas parties, and free tattoos are among the list of job benefits employees are treated to

Luxury designer gifts, helicopter rides at Christmas parties, and free tattoos are among the list of job benefits employees are treated to

Shelby said she enjoys being 'over the top' and treating her staff to extraordinary experiences (pictured in helicopter)

Shelby said she enjoys being 'over the top' and treating her staff to extraordinary experiences (pictured in helicopter)

Luxury designer gifts, helicopter rides at Christmas parties, and free tattoos are among the list of job benefits employees are treated to

What are the benefits at work at Chain Social?

Monthly events:

  • Helicopter flights
  • Tattoos
  • Extravagant dinners
  • Designer gifts
  • Art classes

The office:

  • Luxurious office space with pink walls
  • Marble desks
  • Apple Mac computers
  • Own photo studio
  • Flexibility – employees are encouraged to ‘master the roles’

The company works differently from the usual working methods as there is no hierarchy and Shelby encourages her staff to have a good work-life balance by being flexible.

“I wanted to build a workplace that people liked coming to, both aesthetically and in terms of office culture,” said Shelby.

‘I am passionate about flexibility and I like to see employees master their role; I want the team to master the role and be happy to help them get there. ‘

Shelby said she encourages all staff to “ own their role ” that suits their lifestyle and needs, which would be perfect for those with children.

The successful brand claims they have generated more than $ 50 million in Facebook and Google sales for customers annually and have 75 companies on their waiting list.

'I like to treat the team for their hard work and want them to feel appreciated for the work they do.  I can be a bit extravagant, but they deserve it!  ' she said

'I like to treat the team for their hard work and want them to feel appreciated for the work they do.  I can be a bit extravagant, but they deserve it!  ' she said

On previous occasions, some staff members have had tattoos

On previous occasions, some staff members have had tattoos

‘I like to treat the team for their hard work and want them to feel appreciated for the work they do. I can be a bit extravagant, but they deserve it! ‘ she said

Some staff members participated in the tattoo gifts and were inked on the back of the neck and between the fingers

Some staff members participated in the tattoo gifts and were inked on the back of the neck and between the fingers

Some staff members participated in the tattoo gifts and were inked on the back of the neck and between the fingers

The office is photogenic and even ‘Instagram-worthy’, the walls are painted pink, the desks are made of marble and each employee gets their own Apple computer.

“We also have our own cyclorama studio – everyone’s always a little shocked to find out here, but it’s perfect for photo shoots,” she said.

Shelby decided to launch the company after noticing a “ huge gap in the market ” for performance-based digital market.

‘At the time, digital marketing was still so new, with the potential not yet realized as a successful marketing tool. I jumped in early and started seeing tremendous growth with minimal outlay, ”she said.

The brand is highly successful, generating more than $ 50 million in Facebook and Google sales annually for customers

The brand is highly successful, generating more than $ 50 million in Facebook and Google sales annually for customers

The brand is highly successful, generating more than $ 50 million in Facebook and Google sales annually for customers

The office itself is incredibly photogenic and Instagram-worthy, as the walls are painted pink, the desks are made of marble, and each staff member has their own Apple computer

The office itself is incredibly photogenic and Instagram-worthy, as the walls are painted pink, the desks are made of marble, and each staff member has their own Apple computer

The office itself is incredibly photogenic and Instagram-worthy, as the walls are painted pink, the desks are made of marble, and each staff member has their own Apple computer

Shelby decided to launch the company after noticing a `` huge gap in the market '' for performance-based digital market

Shelby decided to launch the company after noticing a `` huge gap in the market '' for performance-based digital market

Shelby decided to launch the company after noticing a “ huge gap in the market ” for performance-based digital market

In July, Shelby will launch a sister agency called Penny Social, giving the company the opportunity to grow and connect with other brands

In July, Shelby will launch a sister agency called Penny Social, giving the company the opportunity to grow and connect with other brands

In July, Shelby will launch a sister agency called Penny Social, giving the company the opportunity to grow and connect with other brands

The team specializes in all areas of marketing to provide end-to-end management for a brand – such as marketing strategy development, digital advertising, SEO management, social media management, and event management.

‘We are results-oriented and experts in the fashion, beauty and lifestyle industry. Our work has helped to completely transform the success of the brands we work with, ”said Shelby.

“We like to build long-term relationships with our customers and are very careful when choosing the brands we partner with to ensure that we can deliver the desired results.”

In July, Shelby will launch a sister agency called Penny Social, giving the company the opportunity to grow and connect with other brands.

THE BEST WORKSHOPS IN AUSTRALIA 2020

1. Cisco Systems Australia

Last year, Cisco launched a ‘Your Response to COVID-19’ campaign, asking employees how the company can take action and help their employees and customers. The company was also endorsed by 97 percent of the employees

2. Salesforce Australia

The company launched ‘B-Well Together’ – a half-hour series with advice from wellness experts to assist employees and their families

3. SAP Australia

SAP launched a pulse check for employees to keep their mental health under control and to share their feelings with colleagues and management

4. Mars Australia

Mars Australia launched a similar ‘Be Well’ program to help employees become mentally focused and physically energized

5. DHL Express Australia

DHL organized virtual team building activities and events while employees were working from home and received care packages

Source: Great Place to Work study of companies with 1,000 or more employees

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