It’s a universally acknowledged truth that everybody enjoys a good work perk. Even those who love their jobs tend to find it just that little bit easier to wake up on a Sunday morning when there’s a free lunch or a few ping-pong games waiting for them on the other side of their commute.
Not only do perks help to break the monotony and stress of the work day, but they also go a long way towards making employees feel acknowledged and appreciated for what they do. Of course, not all perks are created equal. In fact, while many may serve as effective bait to keep your employees coming back to work every morning, they can actually end up interfering with productivity and distracting staff from the task at hand.
Rewarding your employees is one thing, but actively encouraging them to down tools regularly is quite another. So before you install a 18-hole, state-of-the-art mini-golf course that takes two full hours to complete, or start plying your employees with complimentary three-course lunches that leave them sluggish for the rest of the day, take a moment to consider the effect your perks will have on your productivity.
Here are a few perks that really work – not only for your employees but also for your enterprise:
A CHANGE OF SCENERY
An office can be one of the most unproductive spaces, and distractions, noises, loud co-workers and endless meetings can often kill creativity instead of sparking it. So why not allocate a time each week during which your employees can work from a location of their choice? By allowing them the freedom to pick out a place that inspires them, you should see both morale and productivity levels soar.
WORK OUT, WORK BETTER
Studies have shown that endorphins not only elevate the mood, but also help to effectively combat stress. So, if you’re looking to put a little pep in your employees’ step, exercise is the way to go.
Consider creating a space where members of staff can work out within the office, or incentivise gym visits by subsidising their membership fees. You’ll be doing both them and yourself a huge favour…
TEACH A MAN TO FISH
The best way to truly empower your employees (and, in turn, your business) is to equip them with the necessary skills to do their jobs better. So make sure to allocate a certain portion of your benefits budget to up-skilling your staff members via relevant courses, lectures and seminars.
Knowing that you’re invested in their ongoing improvement will in turn boost your staff’s investment in your business.
You may well be the world’s most dynamic leader, but everybody needs a little variety from time to time in order to keep inspiration levels high. Weekly inspiration sessions, during which you call upon external speakers to share insights, tips and anecdotes, can offer your employees a great sense of perspective and keep them feeling motivated.
You don’t need to blow your whole budget and fly Deepak Chopra or Richard Branson in for the day – all you need is an engaging speaker who can bring a unique perspective on a topic of your choosing.
While many businesses nowadays have Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives in place, employees often don’t know anything about them. It’s been proven that jobseekers are far more positively predisposed towards charitable organisations, so why not involve your employees when giving back?
Allow them to partake in your initiatives, or simply allocate part of your budget to allow them to help their favourite charity or even start their own.
When your employees know that you care about the things they care about, they are more likely to care about the things you care about (i.e. your business).
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