7 Employee Perks To Keep Staff Motivated

  | Jade Anderson

     

Without a strong team, it’s unlikely your company will have what it takes to succeed. Motivated and productive employees are the foundation of a successful business and in order to keep top talent working for you, it is important to provide a culture where your staff will feel happy and supported. Part of doing this is the provision of employee perks that are not financial. Here are seven employee perks that are sure to keep staff motivated.

1. Flexible Working Arrangements

For many employees, the rigid 9-5 workday is not the ideal way to manage work commitments. One way to show your employees they are valued is to offer flexible working arrangements that are more compatible with their lifestyles. This may simply be a matter of allowing employees to start later and finish later or allowing employees to work from home when needed. These gestures of flexibility help to create a working environment where employees feel as if their time and work-life balance is considered to be important. Flexible working arrangements may also involve allowing staff to bring their children, or even their pets, into the workplace when necessary.

2. Social Responsibility Initiatives

It is important for many people to feel that they are giving back to their community and that they work for a socially responsible company who also cares about society. For this reason, an important perk for companies can be providing employees with volunteering and social responsibility opportunities. Paid time off to volunteer and philanthropic perks allow employees the chance to give back without impacting their work and family obligations. Organising company volunteer days or for different teams to volunteer and run charity initiatives together is also a great team-building exercise and helps to build morale amongst staff.

3. Paid Parental Leave

Some of the most appreciated perks offered by employers are those that involve parental leave and flexible options for parents. Having a baby can be an extremely stressful, and exciting, time in a person’s life and having an employer that understands this is important. One way to show your employees that you care about their wellbeing is to provide extended parental leave and offer different ways that both mothers and fathers can fit their working and home lives together in a convenient way.

4. Health And Wellness Benefits

Fit and healthy employees are happy employees and healthy, happy employees are more likely to be productive, motivated and energised in the workplace. For this reason, offering perks that are health and wellness-related can make a big difference to the day-to-day atmosphere in your office. Health and wellness perks can encompass a range of different things from offering gym membership, having an on-site doctor, free counselling services, having healthy snacks available or doing team yoga together. Employee wellness programs can make a big difference to how employees interact in the workplace and approach their daily tasks.

5. A Cool Office Environment

The physical office environment affects how your employees feel at work every day because we spend a majority of our time during the week at the office. Creating an office environment that is relaxed helps employees feel more comfortable in the workplace. Your office should have atmosphere and ambience. Gone are the days of dark, grey office cubicles. Open-plan offices with natural light and a fun decor can boost the mood of your employees. Having designated areas where employees can relax and take breaks is also important.

6. Celebrating Milestones And Birthdays

Celebrating birthdays, important milestones and professional achievements of employees is a simple but effective way to show your staff they are valued and an important part of the workplace. Whether it is an engagement, a promotion or a birthday, taking the time out of the working day to recognise these occasions helps staff to bond with one another and feel as if they are more than just a member of a staff, but that they are part of a team.

7. Social Activities

Allowing time for team activities that do not focus on work gives your employees the chance to get to know one another on a more personal level outside of a professional space. This can be as simple as organised team lunches or after-work drinks once a week. Strong bonds amongst employees increase motivation as people feel like more of a team when they feel connected to their team members and are more likely to work towards collective goals.

Author's Bio: Jade Anderson is an experienced In-house Editor at Upskilled. With a background in online marketing, Jade has always had a love for the written word. She enjoys being able to combine these skills with her passion for the education industry.