Bad Credit Business Tips: Employee Perks that Won’t Break the Bank
Let’s face it, we love our employees, but when cash flows are tight, it can be tough to find extra ways to show them how much we appreciate them. Fortunately, it’s often the thought that counts when it comes to providing employees with extra on the job benefits, and with a little creativity and a positive attitude, you can make a little budget go a long way. Some of the benefits of providing additional fun for your employees are more dedication to your company, as well as potentially more hours spent on the job bouncing ideas off of each other. This can lead to much more creative solutions coming from your team, as well as a better atmosphere in the office for communication. Many start ups and high growth companies make it a point to have many employee perks, and seeing as how a large number of them do quite well, it’s not a bad idea to inject the same level of excitement into your own business.
Create a break area. This idea is incredibly simple to implement. All you need to make a designated break area is some free space, a table and some chairs, then a little bit of creative flair to make it into a welcoming and relaxing space. Some ideas for making the break room more fun and inviting are including board games or playing cards, perhaps a mini fridge stocked with some popular drinks, or magazines and other light but fun reading material. Some small business owners shy away from the idea of creating a break room because they think that their employees will spend too much time socializing and not enough time doing their jobs. Communicate to your staff that the break room is a privilege and stay engaged with them on a regular basis to ensure that goals are being met and they are accountable, and you should be able to avoid having a problem.
Have a theme day. What’s one way to break the monotony of the working week? Having a theme day! Casual Friday is a classic management technique, but going beyond this and encouraging your employees to dress up according to a theme they vote on can be even more fun for them. While it might be too distracting to have an office full of spacemen or zombies every week, making theme day a biweekly or monthly event gives your employees something to talk about and look forward to, and can be a great way to promote your company culture to those outside your business as well via social media.
Have a company run (or walk). Here at Horizon, we have participated in New York Road Runner races as a company in order to bond and break a sweat outside the office. Not only is physical exercise a good tool for clearing your body of mental and physical stress, but the company that works out together will often benefit from an increase in bonding that can e reflected in more streamlined on the job communications. You don’t have to be a team of athletes to gain the benefits of this idea, however. Even taking a leisurely walk together can promote closeness and allow you to see your team in a different light. The more you get to know your employees, the more strengths and skills you will discover which can also make it easier to delegate work to the most qualified team member for each task.
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