Last week on the CUC Online blog, we briefly touched on some winning workplace morale boosters. If you haven’t read part 1 yet, that’s a good place to start; you can view it here. In last week’s morale boosters blog, we covered a number of employee-centric policies and perks that could increase workplace morale and improve productivity. This week, we’ll look at some more specific perks and talk about the importance of workplace benefits.
There isn’t too much to say about this one; who doesn’t like free food? Some large corporations like Google and Facebook offer completely free in-house catering services but this gesture needn’t be that expensive. A well-stocked fruit bowl is all an office might need for that little bit more motivation; it’s a little thing that makes a big difference. Eating healthily at work is also intrinsically linked with productivity as meals that are high in fat make the digestive system work harder, leaving us feeling tired and groggy.
Discount on services or suppliers (where applicable)
Discounts always go a long way where employee perks are considered. This is because they represent an immediate short-term benefit and so are good recruitment and retention tools. Though usually offered by retail companies, companies that work in the service industry can also offer these kinds of benefits.
The Telegraph reports that the average UK parent will spend an average of £67,586 on raising one child through their developing years, with over £11,000 being paid out in the first year alone. With those figures in mind, it’s easy to see why subsidised childcare is an incredible tool for motivation, recruitment and retention. Some companies even make the investment for in-house childcare to motivate their employees, while companies like National Rail employ a childcare voucher scheme.
FatWallet’s ‘no miss’ policy.
This is a perfect example of compassionate workplace culture. FatWallet is a website for finding coupons or special offers on products and its employees benefit from a ‘no miss’ policy. Essentially, this means that employees are encouraged to prioritise important events, such as family and school events over their work, meaning employees can take these important days off without any repercussions or deductions from their holiday package.
This is one of the more basic employee perks on the list but according to Glassdoor, an employment search engine, over 30% of surveyed employees rated it as their most desired perk. Salary is just as high a motivator as company benefits, and rewarding employees for a job well done is likely to increase the frequency of the rewarded behaviour in the future.
Company benefits do wonders for workplace morale and, along with a culture of team work and recognition, can increase productivity. Glassdoor reported:
Nearly 3 in 5 (57%) people report benefits and perks being among their top considerations before accepting a job while 4 in 5 people also say they would prefer new perks over a pay raise.
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