In today’s employment market, companies are offering increasingly attractive benefits packages to recruit new talent. In recent years some companies have received lots of media attention for offering luxury perks, for example, Google offers massages, free gourmet lunches and a childcare facility.
However, these perks are desired but not as much as you think. The most sought-after perk or benefit is a good healthcare package. So, the perks don’t have to be extravagant like Google. Having the option to add extra holidays, and/or free coffee and lunches on the last Friday of the month, would create increased morale.
2) Offer Flexible Work Options
In an age where technology is improving and employees can remote in and work from home, it’s no surprise that more and more employees are asking their employer for flexible working hours.
Flexi working includes everything from working part-time in the office and the rest from home, staggered hours, time off in lieu and compressed working hours.
With flexible work schedules, employers experience these advantages:
• Increased employee morale, engagement and commitment to the organization
• Reduced absenteeism and tardiness
• Increased ability to recruit outstanding employees
• Reduced turnover of valued staff
• Allows people to work when they accomplish most, feel freshest and enjoy working. (e.g. morning person vs. night person)
• Develops an image as an employer of choice with family-friendly flexible work schedules
3) Working Environment
Have you ever been into an office for an interview and the office was outdated and needed a lot of TLC? A shabby work environment can be a demotivator, employees spend at least 8 hours a day in their workplace. Offices that use natural lighting and facilitate fresh air flow often have more productive employees than office environments that don’t.
Therefore, an open and inviting space that is well designed can positively influence the way staff feel and behave. If the office is designed correctly, it can help improve communication amongst colleagues and will impact productivity.
Whether it is to engage with your staff or recognise success, good communication with your staff is key. The two big tips for good engagement with your employees is to ask the right questions and then listen.
Having an open-door policy is great in theory but it can put the onus on the employees, a better way of having an open communication is to make time outside of standard reviews to have a catch up chat with employees. Whether these are once a week or once a month or quarterly, it gives you the opportunity to be kept informed of how your team is doing and identifying any issues early on helps with engagement and retention.
5) Career Growth Opportunities
Companies who provide support for career development, such as training opportunities and career mentoring, are less likely to have employees leave the organisation. Whether is it facilitated on or off-site, career development enhances employees' skill sets, which will further benefit the business. It communicates to employees that they are important members of the team.