When employees are looking for a new job, what attracts them to a company beyond the core vision and values are the perks and benefits that come with it.
The perks you decide to offer to new and existing employees can either be related to the broader theme of your business or go completely beyond the spectrum like a pool party or grooming session for the pets.
Take your pick—these perks will attract top talent to your brand in the long run and keep your people happy and productive. Here’s a list of five quirky perks you could consider offering your employees:
Offer a paid holiday or paid time off
Who wouldn’t love to take a paid holiday? I recently read that AirBnB (please hyperlink) gives its employees an annual stipend of $2,000 to travel and stay in an Airbnb listing anywhere in the world.
Now, that’s cool. The perk completely gels with the broader business theme of the company and offers employees an exciting experience to look forward to.
You could weave this benefit the way it works best for you. If you are an outdoor gear or camping company, give employees paid days off to enjoy outdoor activities.
If you are in the finance or banking segment, give employees a surprise trip by packing them off from the office without revealing the destination in rotation.
Simply sponsoring a partner or family member on holiday also works wonders.
Pay for creative pursuits or continuing education
After employees finish a certain tenure with your company (say four to five years), you could offer them an incentive for taking a few weeks off to pursue a creative interest or learning activity.
If some employees are interested in studying further or building their skills in a certain domain, you could consider sponsoring a part of their education.
This adds value to their productivity and builds loyalty in the long run. It shows them that you value their contribution to the organization.
Offer health and recreation facilities on-site
While massage services in the office is a common phenomenon these days, going a step further and offering facilities like on-site basketball and volleyball courts, a 24/7 fitness center, Foosball and Ping-Pong tables, or even yoga and Pilates classes adds to the charm.
Some businesses have on-site physical therapists, dentists, and other health professionals. These facilities help employees to reduce the stress quotient in their life and remain healthier and happier.
Throw a holiday party for the kids or organize a summer picnic
One of my best experiences with a previous employer was a cyclo-thon hosted by the company for in-house employees. They took us to a beachfront from where we cycled along to a small, scenic hamlet.
Everyone got a chance to unwind and relax. Tap into the major holiday in your country and organize a party for the kids of your employees. A summer picnic involving the whole family is also a great idea.
Surprises do the trick
A little warmth packed with an element of surprise can do everyone some good. Giving an extra day off on an employee’s birthday can be magic. Throwing a surprise baby shower for parents-to-be can leave them elated. Offering flexihours for a month or two as a ‘welcome-back-to-the-workplace’ policy can also work wonders.
All you have to do is show people that you appreciate them in small ways. What is stopping you from wooing your employees through some quirky on-the-job perks?