The COVID-19 pandemic has taught many people that there is more to life than going to a job they hate day after day, so if your company can offer unique benefits, you may get the best employees. While most businesses offer health insurance and sick time, if you want to make a difference, you need to think outside of the box and provide benefits that impact. Here are some tips for offering great benefits noticed by your employees.
Special Time Off
While most companies offer vacation time to their employees, the two weeks that most people get are often not enough to separate your company from the herd. Instead, consider giving additional days off during the year, such as a paid day off on the employee’s birthday and special “mental health days” that don’t take away from their sick time. This is a crucial perk because it lets your workers have a sense of the work/life balance they need. After all, while work is important, it should not control their lives.
Your company shouldn’t be too tightly wound to allow employees to take time off for bereavement, voting, and holidays. If your business needs to let a few people have time off, consider letting it slide. Your employees will be happier and appreciate that you didn’t put up an unnecessary fight.
Developing Skills and Potential
Everyone wants to feel like they are moving forward in their career. No one wants to feel stuck in a dead-end job with no opportunity for growth or development. That’s why every position needs to have an individual development plan. By having a clear path for career advancement, employees are more likely to feel motivated and engaged. And development plans help to attract and retain top talent.
When employees see the potential for growth within a company, they are more likely to commit to their job and put forth their best effort. Ultimately, offering career opportunities is just as important as the money that employees earn. By developing their workforce, companies can create a more engaged and productive workforce.
Another way to boost the attitude of your employees is to host team-building events where everyone on your team can get together and have fun. That can include anything from going on an adventure like camping or running a marathon to completing actual work activities outside the office. Remember that even if you have a remote team, you can still have fun face-to-face activities and virtual events by using programs like Zoom to simultaneously have that interaction when everyone works on their own in relative isolation.
Another way you can show your employees you care about them as people is to offer wellness programs to live healthier lives. You could implement a fitness program that encourages your staff to exercise and live active lifestyles. If they meet certain health thresholds, they can get a discount on their health insurance premiums. That is a perk that everyone can enjoy.
To encourage that active lifestyle, you can offer discounts and coupons for special exercise classes, including those that help the body and mind, such as meditation and yoga classes. Besides helping your employees be happy, they will also return to work more refreshed after a relaxing yoga class.
As you can see, there are many great benefits that your company can offer your workers to create a healthy office environment. Consider these tips and think about other great perks you can provide.
Special thanks to Julia Merrill at Befriend Your Doc for writing this article!