I s workplace wellness on your radar for 2020? In today’s tight race for talent, employees truly have an upper hand when it comes to the workplace, and companies should take note.
Nowadays, employees want more than just a paycheck, insurance benefits, and paid time off. For better or for worse, employees spend most of their waking hours at work, and when they’re not at work, many employees are still responding to emails and doing work-related tasks on their own time. Therefore, they expect to be happy in their jobs and gain satisfaction from their work. As a bonus, happier employees are also productive employees.
To stay competitive and retain top talent, companies should examine other perks and benefits they can offer that will win over employees. Take a look at five low-cost options that you can implement in 2020 and beyond:
Online shopping isn’t going anywhere - in fact, it’s only growing. You can buy just about anything online these days, and your employees are taking advantage of the convenience. However, the rise of porch pirates and the potential for lost or damaged packages can create stressful experiences, especially if employees aren’t home to receive their packages when they arrive.
As an office perk, some companies are starting to allow employees to have packages shipped to the office instead of their home. The corporate mailroom intakes packages and keeps them safe until employees can come pick them up.
Using office package tracking software like Notifii Track can help you streamline the process by logging packages in seconds and sending notifications to employees at scale.
Flexible schedules can take multiple forms, and they’re becoming more common in the modern workplace. Some companies offer compressed schedules, where employees work four 10-hour days and enjoy three days off per week. Others will allow telecommuting part time, while others will allow flexible working hours (e.g. 10 am until 7 pm) to better accommodate their lifestyle.
Everyone has a life outside of work, and the typical 9-to-5 schedule doesn’t always allow workers to take care of important tasks. Offering flex hours and work environments means employees can skip the morning commute, work on their terms, and help them find a better work life balance.
Workplace wellness isn’t just a passing fad, but rather a movement that’s been gaining steam in recent years. Employees, especially those who are desk-ridden, appreciate ways to stay healthy at work. In response, some companies are adding fresh fruit and healthy snacks to the coffee bar so that peckish employees can avoid letting hunger kill their productivity.
It’s not always possible to eat a quick, healthy lunch while at work, so having something nutritious within arm’s reach can allow them to stay focused.
Creating an office sports team like dodgeball, kickball, or ultimate frisbee can be a great way for employees to get to know each other. Think of it as an informal (and literal) team building event: participants can get closer to the people they work with, foster trust and camaraderie, and get employees engaged with the company.
Offering a team sport can also help employees to become more active. Those who spend hours sitting at their desks each day will appreciate the opportunity to stay active, especially when they don’t have to pay for a gym membership. Adding in the “team” element can make the entire experience more fun and enjoyable, and potentially help participants stay consistent in their active lifestyle.
One of the most dreaded parts of the workday is the commute, especially for employees who travel 30 minutes or more to the workplace. Not only is it time consuming, but it can also be expensive paying for gas and parking or public transportation.
Companies who want to add an attractive perk to the employment package should consider the value of a Rideshare membership. Rideshare programs like Uber and Lyft provide cost-effective ways to get around town, and those who use the services often may be rewarded with free rides or credits.
Rideshare memberships and passes can help commuters save on transportation costs and eliminate the hassle of finding parking. Plus, it can encourage commuters to carpool so that they never run out of credits.
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