Employers have learned that employee perks are no longer just “nice to have,” they are a requirement. Today, companies are working hard to listen to employees in order to determine which perks matter most to employees, yet have the most impact on overall performance and company success.
Some current trends include:
Perks that are meaningful and have value
Beer on tap, ping pong tables and free lunch are nice, but what about perks that really and truly meet the needs of your staff? New trends in perks include educational stipends for student loans or employees furthering their education, health-focused benefits like standing or treadmill desks, and healthy eating focused employee food offerings. Employers are learning that by eliminating stressors of their employees (like debt) and encouraging healthful living (through workspace management or food offerings) they are cultivating happier and healthier employees.
Perks that are customized for your employees and are more lifestyle driven
In addition to focusing on the items listed above, employers are also learning that offering lifestyle focused perks are a huge attraction to employees of all ages. Do you allow your employees to work at home part of the week? Do you offer flexible family leave for both male and female employees? It’s important to look at the benefits – of all kinds – that you offer employees to ensure that you are fostering a good work/life balance and allowing for personal satisfaction while allowing flexibility that will motivate employees to perform well.
All HR functions should be personalized to match your company, you unique employees and your needs. And no one set of employee perks and benefits is going to right for everyone in your company. Allowing your employees choice in some areas will yield happiness and satisfaction.
Perks that showcase your values and will help define your overall company culture
Today many employees are asking for better insurance benefits, child care subsidies, flex hours, remote working options and other perks. The way you address these employee requests will define your corporate culture. Are you known as being flexible, family-friendly and supportive of continuing education? All of these and other factors will drive your employee satisfaction. Positive response to these and other offerings will generate great buzz about your company, your management and your support of employees dreams, hopes, desires and aspirations.
Are you looking for ways to boost employee satisfaction and overall company success by offering unique and customized perks to your staff at all levels? We can help you develop an exceptional plan that reflects your goals, values and ideals. Contact the experts at Wild Coffee HR today. We love partnering with companies to help them thrive. It’s what we do.