When it comes to employee benefits, small businesses have a tough time competing.
Big corporations have the luxury of dangling premium benefit packages to snag top talent, while smaller companies have to make do with low budget programs that don’t come with nearly as many perks.
This makes finding quality employees much harder.
The good news is, today’s employees aren’t necessarily looking for corporate level health and retirement packages. There are other ways to make your company a great place to work.
You don’t have to spend a fortune to provide these unique employee benefits that people love.
4 Fun and Free Employee Benefits
Flexible work schedules are the golden ticket of employee benefits. Allowing your employees to occasionally come in late, leave early or take a few hours in the middle of the day for things like doctor’s appointments, family issues and 9-to-5 errands makes their lives easier. It also strengthens their company loyalty.
You can also extend flexibility and a refreshing change of pace by offering work-from-home days.
Stress is an inevitable part of business life. If you can offer your employees opportunities to relax during the workday, you’ll earn their appreciation in a big way.
Here are a few ideas:
- Designate an empty office or unused room as a “Zen center.” Add a few comfortable chairs, a couch and/or meditation mats and let employees take short stress breaks. They can power nap, meditate or just sit in peace and quiet for a few minutes.
- Hire a masseuse to come in for the day and give out free massages.
- Offer free or discounted yoga  classes. Local practitioners may extend discounted rates if the whole office signs up.
There’s nothing better than getting home from a long day at work and finally kicking off your shoes – unless you’ve spent the day in a shoeless office. Creating a shoe-free environment for your employees can encourage them to feel comfortable and at home all day. Unless you’re working with heavy machinery, of course.
Oh, and you should probably have employees slip back into their shoes when clients come in.
Stand Up and Cheer
Your employees enjoy recognition for a job well done, and the rewards don’t have to be monetary or even material. Getting the whole team in on the appreciation – by having a round of applause for employees with big accomplishments, perhaps – is a simple and fun way to recognize hard work.
Of course, the easiest and most underused way to show recognition and appreciation for your employees’ work is to simply say, “Thank you.” Make those two little words part of your daily vocabulary and you’ll notice a positive upswing in your work environment.
What unique employee benefits do you offer?
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