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Check out all the latest news on human resources, the state of personal benefits, community, and employee engagement around the globe.

Humanity is in a constant state of pivoting, and the world of human resources has become agile out of necessity. Red tape has gone in favor of taking care of people. Espresa is that platform and springboard to remove barriers to personal benefits and employee community.

Alex Shubat, CEO, Espresa

Forbes

Employee Spending Accounts: Understanding Employers' Options

Discovery: While HSAs and FSAs are familiar, Lifestyle Spending Accounts (LSA) represent a paradigm shift toward including more personalized and inclusive options in personal employee benefits.

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HR.COM

HR's Evolution: Thriving Amidst Technological And Cultural Shifts

HR's role is rapidly evolving with new technologies like AI, such as ChatGPT. Ensuring security measures, creating data protection policies, and educating teams on safe tool usage are paramount. As these tools roll out swiftly, HR addresses skill gaps, tech biases, and stays updated on DEI trends. Now, more than ever, HR is the multifaceted tool companies need for successful business outcomes.

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HRMorning

ERGs: Your New Catalyst for DEI Initiatives

HRMorning featured a piece on the state of DEI and Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) - a polarizing subject in politics, but not in the workplace. This article covers strategic recalibration and enhancements to DEI initiatives through the lens of employee engagement, inclusivity, and community.

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PR Newswire

Espresa Announces Partnership with Headspace to Support Global Well-being

Espresa announced its partnership with Headspace, the provider of the world's most accessible, comprehensive mental health system. Combining these world-class offerings and consolidating point solutions and budgets for human resource teams are top of mind, while ensuring employee wellness and mental health are prioritized.

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Moneta

Moneta Minds, Featuring Portfolio Company, Espresa

Moneta featured Espresa on its latest episode of Moneta Minds. As a global leader in HR technology for personal benefits, Espresa delivers a modularly designed platform for Lifestyle Spending Accounts (LSA), well-being, recognition, and community.

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BenefitsPro

Why Workplace Menopause Support is Overdue and 10 Ways an LSA Can Help

Perimenopause and menopause shouldn't be a secret in the workplace. 75% of American women in their 40s and 50s (the window in which perimenopause and menopause usually occur) continue to contribute vigorously to the economy. BenefitsPro talks with Espresa's Sylvia Flores about how Lifestyle Spending Accounts can support women in the workplace in inclusive ways.

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HRMorning

How LSAs Can Shape Employee Benefits for the Better in 2024

Flexibility and choice are the reasons why companies are considering offering an LSA to their employees. Ryan Ramsey, Head of Strategic Alliances for Espresa discusses with HRMorning how an LSA enables employees to apply post- or pre-tax dollars toward the benefits they appreciate most.

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TalentCulture

Employee Appreciation: 10 Meaningful Ways to Celebrate

With remote and hybrid at the forefront of the “how we work” conversation, appreciation plays a more strategic role than ever in shaping organizational culture. That’s why smart leaders understand the value of consistently recognizing people and expressing genuine appreciation for their efforts, no matter where or when they may be working throughout the day.

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WorkLife

How Companies Can Get Employee Appreciation Day Right

Employers are turning to a variety of tactics to make employees feel recognized and valued, daily. Espresa's Tim Abraham, Sr. Director of People Operations leans in with his perspective on appreciating people every day.

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HR.com

Exclusive Interview with Tim Abraham, Senior Director of People Operations, Espresa

Where do HR leaders draw inspiration from? What are their worst nightmares? How did they stand the test of the changing times? In this story, Tim discusses his extraordinary accomplishments, methods that helped him overcome adversity, innovative programs that he's led, and fundamental changes he was able to deliver.

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HR.com

Adapting To Change: Exploring The Future Of Work Post-Pandemic

The workplace is a hub of evolution, adapting to technological advances, cultural shifts, and economic changes. In the post-pandemic landscape, the concept of a fully remote workforce is a polarizing subject. This article explores the nuances of this evolution and examine the factors shaping the future of work.

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TLNT

Maternal Health Awareness Day: What organizations can do to support employees

January 23rd was Maternal Health Awareness Day - but if it passed you by, the message is the same: getting thinking about how you can support employee maternal health.

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ReWorked Insights

Your Benefits Package Isn't Working. Enter Lifestyle Spending Accounts (LSA).

In this article, ReWorked discusses the power of Lifestyle Spending Accounts (LSA), and how they are a better strategy for creating a more flexible benefits offering to enhance Total Well-Being in the workplace.

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TalentCulture

LSAs: A Creative Way to Close Employee Skills Gaps

If you’re a business or HR leader, you’re probably facing an enormous talent management challenge. Employers everywhere are struggling to retain and upskill existing employees, while simultaneously striving to hire skilled people who are prepared to meet future needs. In today’s competitive labor market, it’s an uphill climb, and the situation grows tougher every day. But what if employers could blend high-impact professional development with the flexibility of meaningful, self-directed benefits? This is where Lifestyle Spending Accounts (LSAs) can be particularly valuable.

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Yahoo Finance!

Espresa Launches New Breed of Lifestyle Spending Accounts with LSA Plus™ Designed for Personal Benefits

In a groundbreaking move to enhance the overall well-being of the global employees, Espresa, a personal benefits platform designed for global enterprises, has launched its innovative Lifestyle Spending Accounts (LSA) Plus program.

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BENEFITS PRO

How better benefits can support maternal health awareness day

Organizations can offer better maternal care support, which also creates a more supportive environment for all employees. Support for maternal health is crucial to an inclusive workplace. Celebrating Maternal Health Awareness Day on January 23rd is an opportunity to highlight the importance of the well-being of working mothers.

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BENEFITS PRO

12 ways to help employers provide support for any employee's stage of life

This is the time of year when gift-giving usually takes the form of material offerings and, for the lucky few, year-end bonuses. But, considering the continued uncertainty of today's economy and the anticipated increases in cost for health insurance and all types of caregiving programs, brokers are in a good position to help employers rethink the usual coffee mug or pen as a "gift" this year. Employers can instead give their workforce something that could really help them: lifestyle benefits that extend beyond the employee to help them provide care and support to their loved ones.

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HRO TODAY

2024 Priorities for Overall Well-being

As businesses continue to see the benefits of focusing on total well-being, flexible work arrangements, and data-driven decision-making, HR can proactively create a more engaged, healthy, and resilient workforce.

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HR.COM

Why Are Financial Wellness Benefits A Must-Have In Today's Workplace?

Now, more than ever, employees crave financial empowerment, and they're turning to their employers to make it happen. Employees want access to trustworthy, reliable resources that fuel their journey toward financial well-being. Workplace financial wellness benefits are no longer a perk; they're a must-have. By offering programs that include financial education, savings plans, and educational assistance, companies can attract and retain top talent, boost employee morale, and unlock a workforce that's financially secure and ready to thrive.

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PR Newswire - October 2023

Espresa Raises $23 Million Series A Funding to Transform Personal Benefits for Global Workplaces

Espresa, a personal benefits platform designed for global enterprises, announced the completion of its Series A funding round totaling $23 million led by Clear Ventures.

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HRMORNING

How LSAs can shape employee benefits for the better in 2024

As employers consider 2024 and the employee experience they want to create, companies are considering everything. Employee retention continues to be an issue as unemployment remains low. Attracting new talent is challenging for the same reason. Improving the employee experience and driving better engagement is an evergreen challenge that companies face. How are organizations addressing these issues? One approach is taking a fresh look at their benefits offerings. And a Lifestyle Spending Account (LSA) might be the freshest idea.

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HR.COM

Adapting To Change: Exploring The Future Of Work Post-Pandemic

The workplace has always been a hub of evolution, adapting to technological advances, cultural shifts, and economic changes. However, the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic catalyzed a transformation like no other, turning remote work from a rarity into a norm overnight. Now, as we navigate the post-pandemic landscape, the concept of a fully remote workforce is a polarizing subject, fraught with debate and predictions. Let’s explore the nuances of this evolution and examine the factors shaping the future of work.

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HR.COM

Empowering Employees Through Trauma-Informed Leadership

Trauma-informed management is essential, and sustaining a workplace culture to empower employees is a daunting task. An ever-changing environment means continuous effort, reinforcement, and adaptation for leaders in Human Resources. And given the ubiquity of trauma in the world, unlocking the potential of trauma-sensitive leadership is mission-critical.

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HR.COM

Flexible Benefits For Every Generation In Your Workforce

Generational differences have an undeniable impact on your employees’ experiences in today’s workplace. From your leaders to your emerging talent, members of each of the five generations cooperate and collaborate every day. Create space for all your people to thrive and cultivate a healthy and successful work experience. Let’s explore why generational differences in the workplace are surprisingly beneficial and how you can boost these strengths in your organization.

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HR.COM

10 Employee Resource Group Event Ideas To Foster Inclusion And Boost Engagement

Competition for top talent remains strong. Labor concerns are top-of-mind for global executives globally in 2023. And as we’ve seen, demand for remote and hybrid work remains high. Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) provide the connection and community that will keep your people engaged and happy in the workplace, no matter where they are. And awesome Employee Resource Group event ideas level up the employee experience!

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EIN - September 2023

Espresa Partners with Workday Experts Stormloop Technologies to Deliver Seamless Integration for HR and People Operation

Espresa announced it's partnership with Workday integration experts, Stormloop Technologies to create dynamic and personalized onboarding experiences for clients.

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PRNewswire - November 2021

Espresa and Les Mills Partner to Deliver Scientifically Proven Wellness Programs to Every Employee, On-Demand

Innovative Culture Benefits® platform provider Espresa partners with leading global fitness on-demand provider, Les Mills to deliver fitness and mindfulness on-demand solutions in multiple languages to assist in maintaining employee wellbeing while attracting and retaining talent.

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PRNewswire - August 2021

Espresa® Introduces Flexible Global Reimbursement Platform to Support the Multi-Generational Workplace

Espresa announces its new global reimbursement and lifestyle spending account (LSAs) platform delivering flexibility, and freedom to choose to meet the needs of a multi-generational workplace. According to Espresa's client research, its new reimbursement program is achieving an increase of 98 percent adoption with employees now being able to direct their allocated allowance to meet their immediate or future needs, whether it is participating in an LSA or accessing 401k matching contributions.

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Forbes - November 2020

14 Ways To Ensure Employees Are Making The Most Of Company Benefits

The Forbes Human Resources Council brought in their top experts to discuss the employee benefits landscape and the best practices to raise employee awareness of company perks. Utilization, reporting, and 360 degree feedback loops are the next normal.

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PRNewswire - September 2020

Proofpoint Wins Espresa Award for Culture Benefits® Innovation and Excellence

Espresa, Inc. announced the Culture Benefits® Award for Innovation and Excellence to Proofpoint, Inc. (NASDAQ: PFPT), a leading cybersecurity company, for its proactive and extraordinary human resources strategy during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Peer 150 - July 2020

Engage your people where they are: rebooting culture benefits in the new normal

Now is the time to show your people what your culture is made of. Engage employees in unique and gamified ways of using technology as your HR superpower. Today, you can create moments that matter in meaningful ways that directly impact employee wellbeing - and in time and truly personal ways.

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HR Executive - June 2020

3 ways HR can support culture through the ‘new normal’

Human Resources departments have long gotten a bad rap. After talent acquisition handles an employee’s initial hiring and on-boarding, it’s likely most interactions with our department are about things like employee issues, annual healthcare enrollment and dreaded performance reviews. Even worse, it’s commonly recognized that if an HR representative is present, someone’s job is probably at risk. Now more than ever, the challenges facing HR practitioners are deep and complex.

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HR Gazette - May 2020

The Role of ERGs and Gamification in Encouraging Employees to Adopt Benefits Technologies w/ Raghavan Menon

In this HRchat interview, Raghavan Menon, CTO, Head of Product and Co-Founder at Espresa, discusses how gamification and employee resource groups can help businesses better engage with their employees. Listen to the show and discover: how gamification can encourage employees to connect with company goals.

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HR Gazette - April 2020

Helping HR Make the Business Case for Employee Benefits Programs w/ Raghavan Menon

In this HRchat interview, Bill Banham is joined by Raghavan Menon, CTO, Head of Product and Co-Founder at Espresa, the culture benefits platform based in the Bay Area. Raghavan is an entrepreneur with two decades of startup and management expertise. Most recently, Raghavan was Co-Founder at Odysee, acquired by Google, and before that at Ingot Systems, acquired by Virage logic. He also holds 11 patents.

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HR Gazette - January 2020

Brand, Culture and HR Tech w/ Sylvia Flores

In this episode of the HRchat show, we hear from Sylvia Flores, Head of Brand and Culture at Espresa, a firm helping to define and ignite the HR tech space to disrupt culture for good. Sylvia is a creative entrepreneur with a passion for the written word and people. With two decades in marketing and advertising, Sylvia has worked with a broad range of companies, including Intel, Microsoft, IGN Entertainment, Activision, Blizzard, Walmart and Apple.

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HR Gazette - November 2019

Designing and Measuring Workplace Employee Programs w/ Alex Shubat

In this episode of the HRchat show, we hear from Alex Shubat, CEO and co-founder at Espresa, a firm helping to define and ignite the HR tech space to disrupt culture for good. Prior to co-founding Espresa, he served as the CEO of Goji FS, an NEA-backed startup in the food-tech space. As co-founder and CEO of Virage Logic, a semiconductor provider based in Silicon Valley, he oversaw the company’s highly successful performance and acquisition by Synopsys.

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HR Technologist - March 2019

Espresa Introduces Fitness-in-a-Box Solution for Employers

Espresa’s Fitness in a Box package delivers turnkey onsite wellness programs to companies looking to make the most out of their wellness budgets. Instead of the tedious manual process HR and benefits, teams have previously faced, Espresa’s Fitness in a Box package offers employers a simple solution.

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Employee Benefit News - March 2019

New benefit gives employers access to ‘Fitness in a Box’

Espresa this month released a new benefits package dubbed Fitness in a Box, which combines the startup’s employee programs automation platform with a pre-qualified fitness and wellness provider network. In short? It aims to make it easier for employers to provide diversified wellness benefits to their employees.

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PRWeb - February 2019

Espresa Launches New ‘Fitness in a Box’ Package

The new package combines Espresa’s employee programs automation platform with a pre-qualified, premiere fitness and wellness provider network. Fitness in a Box will allow human resources (HR) and benefits teams to easily ramp up new health and wellness initiatives in as little as two weeks — and without any of the tedious manual processes typical to managing them.

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HR.com - January 2019

Workforce predictions for 2019 - the year of employee experience

2018 has been a challenging year for HR, with unemployment at the lowest rate in almost a half century. Not only are HR managers dealing with dauntingly low numbers of qualified candidates, but they also have to respond to current employees who are leveraging the job market to their own advantage.

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HR Technologist - December 2018

Espresa Announces the Addition of Reward and Recognition Module to Its Employee Programs Automation Platform

The rewards and recognition module is just the latest addition to an employee programs automation platform built from the ground up to keep employees aware of all the great benefits being offered by their employer and provide a consistently amazing employee experience regardless of the employee’s physical work location.

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HRTech Cube - December 2018

Espresa Launches Modern Rewards and Recognition Module

“Paperwork and tedious processes shouldn’t be a roadblock to employee recognition,” said Espresa CEO Alex Shubat. “We wanted to create a modern, intuitive user interface that would make it easier for organizations to recognize and reward their employees in meaningful ways."

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StreetInsider - December 2018

Espresa Launches Modern Rewards and Recognition Module

Employees today are searching for personalized experiences and meaningful recognitions from both managers and colleagues--Espresa supports that philosophy by empowering clients with the tools to collect employee feedback, and make updates real-time regardless of their monetary value.

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HR Technologist - November 2018

How to Design the Right Employee Resource Group for Every Generation

Happy, satisfied employees are more productive, more engaged and more creative. People also are less likely to leave an organization if they feel tied to the community around them, and Employee Resource Groups create that sense of belonging within a company.

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HRTech Cube - October 2018

Espresa Launches Reimbursement Allowances Administration

Companies hoping to attract and retain top talent understand that wellness programs are a strategic priority: a majority of companies on Fortune’s 2018 list of 100 best companies to work for offer reimbursements for activities that promote well-being, and recent data show that two-thirds of employees would like to see them in their workplace.

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HR Technologist - October 2018

How to Improve Employee Engagement through Reimbursement Programs

Reimbursement programs allow organizations to give back to their employees for participating in self-initiated activities that enhance their well-being. Unlike traditional business expense reimbursements for things like corporate travel and client entertainment, HR-driven reimbursements cover activities like fitness, health, and continuing education.

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BusinessWire - October 2018

Espresa Launches Reimbursement Allowances Administration

Espresa, the company that powers great workplaces, today announced the addition of a new reimbursement allowances feature to its employee programs automation platform. The new feature will allow human resources(HR) and benefits teams to more effectively manage reimbursement allowances, driving engagement across campuses and difficult to reach remote employees.

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HR Technologist - July 2018

Espresa Introduces New Platform to Help Companies Organize, Manage and Scale Employee Resources Groups and Clubs

Espresa's new ERG management feature will allow benefits teams to manage ERGs on the same automated platform that manages all of their other workplace programs, providing them with an unprecedented level of insight into the groups that exist, employee group discovery and signup, attendance tracking, and employee satisfaction with them.

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HR Daily Advisor - July 2018

Gaining Traction with Employee Resource Groups

One of the biggest trends in HR today is the development of employee resource groups (ERGs). ERGs give employees the opportunity to share their passions and talents with their coworkers. Typically, they’re created based on similar demographic characteristics, such as race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. They can also be set up around shared goals and interests.

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Thrive Global - June 2018

Alex Shubat Shares Leadership Strategies To Improve Your Company’s Culture

Alex Shubat is the CEO and Co-founder of Espresa, and a member of the Band of Angels, one of Silicon Valley’s oldest seed funding organizations. Alex brings an extensive history in executive management and venture funding to his leadership of Espresa.

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Employee Benefit Advisor - May 2018

Get the party started: Platform administers workplace events

Employers can automate, organize, promote and scale workplace programs or events thanks to a new platform by Espresa. The program amasses an employers’ information on employee attendance and experiences to lay the groundwork for strategic consultations with brokers and advisers.

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Argyle Journal - April 2018

Espresa CEO Explores What It Takes to Build a Successful Employee Engagement Program

Today’s businesses are constantly searching for innovative ways to drive employee satisfaction and retention. Now, workplace programs are proving to be mutually beneficial for businesses and their employees.

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TechSeen - April 2018

Espresa's cloud platform to improve work-life balance

Claiming to be the first of its kind, this platform aims to enable the employees to maintain a balance between work and life in order to increase the productivity. Espresa will be offering and managing the services such as car repairs, dry cleaning, massage, and wellness classes through a simple mobile app or web interface.

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RecruitingTools.com - October 2016

Espresa Hopes to Bring Google-like Employee Perks to Every Company

Perks have become commonplace for well-known employers in Silicon Valley, but smaller companies are challenged to offer such benefits because of a lack of resources. Espresa sees this as a tremendous opportunity to help smaller companies, and eventually companies everywhere to offer Valley-like entitlements.

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TechCrunch - August 2016

Espresa wants to help companies pamper their employees

With tech giants like Facebook and Google making a big deal about the benefits they offer, delivering and managing perks is a key part of any company’s strategy to attract talent now — and this is where Espresa comes into the picture. The Palo Alto-based startup developed an online platform that allows companies to provide workplace services for employees.

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Wall Street Journal - August 2016

Espresa Launches Facebook-like Perks Service

Now your San Francisco Bay Area Company can offer-on-demand massages. That is the promise of Espresa, which has launched an employee services app for companies to offer the same kinds of perks as the likes of Facebook and Google.

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