9 affordable work perks for small businesses that every employee would love
Free snacks, flexible working hours and paid-for fitness memberships have been named as three of the most realistic job perks business owners can introduce to keep staff happy.
New research by office experts at LondonOffices.com has revealed the nine work benefits employers could realistically offer which would have the biggest impact on employee morale.
With the average Brit spending around 81, 000 hours, or the equivalent of a full nine years of their lives at work, it’s important to make sure this time is spent happily, and that staff go to work feeling positive, healthy and valued by the company.
From increasing annual leave allowance to letting staff members finish early on Friday afternoons, there are many small perks employers can introduce which have little impact on a business? performance but make a huge difference to employee morale.
happy staff are more likely to work harder and stay with your company, so it’s important to make sure you’re listening to what your employees want and responding appropriately, ” sayschris Meredith, CEO at LondonOffices.com.
it’s easy to just expect your staff members to come in to work eight hours a day, five days a week, with the only benefit being their pay check at the end of the month, but it’s the extra perks which will set your business out from the crowd and ensure your employees really love working for you.?
More annual leave
The most top-notch companies are already providing staff with unlimited holiday allowances, so whilst this might be unrealistic as an ambitious SME, upping employees? paid leave by a couple of days each year won’t do any harm but it will be greatly appreciated.
Private health care
Nothing says we value our employee’s wellbeing? like a comprehensive private healthcare plan.
On-site gym or fitness membership
Many office workers would happily embrace a gym membership as part of their work perk package. This could also be massively beneficial for businesses, as theyll be seen to be taking employee wellbeing seriously.
Free snacks and lunches
Providing snacks and/or regular team lunches is a good way to keep staff energised, focused, and increase colleague relationships. Itll also mean employees stay healthy and hydrated if you supply generous helpings of fresh fruit and the like.?
Flexible working hours
Life can be demanding and unpredictable, and at times it’s hard to accomplish everything you need to whilst working a full-time job and getting the recommended eight hours of shut-eye too. Staff will greatly appreciate being able to work around important events and appointments and it’s likely that sick days will reduce as a result.
Praseeda Nair is the editorial director of Business Advice, and its sister publication for growing businesses, Real Business. She's an impassioned advocate for women in leadership, and likes to profile business owners, advisors and experts in the field of entrepreneurship and management.