As an employer, you probably already know that offering benefits such as paid time off and healthcare makes your business appear more valuable to job candidates. However, there are several other benefits that are often seen as equally, or even more, valuable. They include the following:
- Flexible hours: A rigid 9 to 5 won’t cut it with most modern families. Perhaps 7 to 3, or 8 to 4, would work better for some workers. So long as employees continue to meet goals with quality work, letting them plan their own flexible hours allows for a better work to home ratio.
- Guilt-free PTO: Many employees are made to feel guilty—either by a manager or the workplace culture—when taking paid time off. Encouraging employees to take vacation time and stay at home when sick without the need for a doctor’s note makes them feel much more relaxed and comfortable in their work environment. As a bonus, using sick days reduces the spread of germs around the office.
- Work from home: Similarly, there are days when it’s easier to work from home, such as if you’re feeling a bit under the weather or if you’re waiting for a handyman. Allowing employees to telecommute on such days reduces stress and builds their loyalty toward the business.
- Management: Bad managers directly impact employees’ everyday work life. Creating a climate of fear is a very effective way to drive employees away, even the ones who enjoy their jobs. Because this is an unfortunate common occurrence, treating employees with respect is a benefit in itself that’s separates your business apart from many others.
- Training: The poor economy has forced companies to adopt a “fewer employees must accomplish more” mentality, which has nearly erased training and development efforts. However, employees feel much more comfortable if they go through a training program; similarly, they also appreciate the opportunity to take employer-sponsored external courses for any licensing that is required by their profession.
- Praise: It may seem small, but offering praise on a job well done makes employees feel valued and appreciated. Yes, people work for money, but they also want to know that their time and efforts are contributing to the goals of the company. They want to feel like an important piece of the bigger picture. Take a moment to show your appreciation on a regular basis.
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