Employers, when it comes to bringing in that top-tier talent, there’s more to the task than just throwing more money at someone than another company. Sure, salary is important, but if you think outside the box, you can still bring in the star players, keep them happier, and maybe even keep a few of those greenbacks in your pocket.
The theory behind most of these perks is to keep your top employees happy and less stressed. Doing everything you can to keep their home lives running smoothly can pay dividends when they bring their “A” game to work. Here are a few nontraditional perks that will help you attract that top talent.
Health and Well-Being – There are few programs which are so mutually beneficial (or proactively smart) for both employer and employee as health perks. A fit and able employee is happier, more energetic, more productive, and less likely to take time off with illness or disability.
- Gym memberships
- Yoga classes
- Anti-smoking incentives
- Fitness centers
- Company sports teams
Flexibility – Your top employees are likely to be motivated self-starters. You can help them out by allowing them to set their own hours and let them help choose how to best to do their job.
- Flexible hours
- Work-from-home days
Time Savers – Top employees often go well beyond the normal 40-hour work week to meet their goals. Saving them time on things outside work can help.
- Child care services
- Car washes
- Concierge services
- House cleaning
Entertainment – Your top employees do a lot for you. Offering perks that let them relax, unwind, and enjoy themselves can be important in keeping the stress at bay.
- Holiday parties
- Company retreats
- Break rooms
- Movie days
- Sports/Concert tickets
These are just some examples from a few broad categories, but they’re not the only things you can do. An effective perks system merges the needs of the company with the needs of the workforce. Some companies give employees paid days to do charitable work. This is not only good for employees, who feel like they’re doing good work and making a difference, but it’s good publicity for the business. Others create contacts with local businesses, trading for low-cost goods or services that benefit the employees and give the company a chance to impress potential clients and customers.
A creative perk system, which benefits both employer and employee, is just smart. It marks your company as one that people want to work for and do business with. We can help you come up with ways to attract and satisfy the best workers. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.