Happy Employees, But Not Costly

March 10, 20158:00 am1900 views

Every HR professional is struggling to build employee relations. They want to build a happy workforce that’s affordable and engaged. A happy, engaged workforce is a high performing workforce.

Of course, employees are happy with some perks they get. Unless the company you work for is a Fortune 500 firm, lower cost is always the preferred option. Smaller companies can’t offer benefits like what the big players have.

However, low-cost options offered by SMES can still be powerful perks. Here are 10 small businesses that offer perks which are actionable for many small businesses.

1. Catered lunches (Mimecast)

They know that food makes employees happy. Mark Bilbe, their General Manager, explains that it goes even further–towards team unification. “We started catering lunches four days a week to allow employees to take a break, socialise, swap stories and enjoy a lunch on us. Food in general is a great unifier of cultures, functions and personalities.”

2. Nap room (Engauge)

Sleeping during the day has also been in the news lately as a way to re-energize and re-invigorate workers. Jenni McDonough, VP of human resources explains that they took a small, windowless room, added a sofa, a blanket and an alarm clock, turning what would normally be wasted space into a valued place.

3. Recess (SHIFT Communications)

Remember when you were a kid and adults would ask you what your favourite subject in school was? How often was that answer “recess?” HR Director, Leah Ciappenelli, realized that sentiment never went away. In addition to things like running or walking clubs, they offer an occasional, spontaneous outside recess break, as one of the things to encourage a healthy lifestyle. This is not only good for employee morale but also the health insurance budget.

4. Dog friendly environment (Zoosk)

If you’re a dog lover, this may work for you. CEO Shayan Zadeh says, “Like any successful company, we want to foster a happy and productive workforce. In order to promote a stress-free environment, Zoosk has a dog friendly workplace, which helps relieve employee tension.”

5. Massages (Joss & Main)

Wellness is the hot word in employee perks, and John Mulliken, general manager and co-founder is a big believer. “We believe healthy, happy employees are more engaged and productive when they come to work each day.” But rather just encouraging healthy eating, they offer benefits such as onsite chair massages.

6. Yoga classes (inPowered and Wayfair.com)

Both offer onsite yoga classes. InPowered’s CEO Payman Nilforoush explains, “Nothing makes a startup more productive than having happy people who love what they do!”. This is something most small companies would love to have.

7. Volunteer day off (Angel)

This is vacation with a purpose. Company president Dave Rennyson recently implemented a new program which allows employees to take a paid day to do some volunteer work in the community. Good for morale, good for the community, and good for the company.

8. Fitness bootcamp (Bigcommerce)

While other companies focus on the calmer methods of wellness, such as yoga or massage, Co-CEO Eddie Machaalani, says his company channels its inner drill sergeant. “Big commerce offers employees a weekly hard-core boot camp workout with a certified trainer. The class gives employees a guaranteed stress-free hour and is offered to build team camaraderie.

9. No vacation policy (Rapid7)

“Unlike many employers with formal paid vacation, holiday, personal and paid sick-time policies, Rapid7 has no formal policy regarding pay during absences from work,” says Christina Luconi, Chief People Officer. They trust their employees to balance their time off with their work time, making it a good balance for everyone.

10. Gym membership reimbursement (Tango)

Can’t afford an onsite gym and don’t have space for a yoga class? Tango CEO Uri Raz doesn’t let that stop him from offering a wellness perk, reimbursing employees for gym memberships. Employees are energized and healthy with no additional capital expense.

11. Video and board game meeting spaces (Sparta Systems)

Employees who play together work well together, says Eileen Martinson, CEO, who encourages employees to “step away from their desks.” Not only do games like Scattergories provide fun, they stretch brains and encourage cross departmental interactions.

Which perks are suitable for your company?

See: Watch your employees’ self-awareness, or pay on the stock exchange

 

The original article first appeared on Inc

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