Don't worry if you don't have enough money to provide your employees perks, there are plenty of things you can do for free.

Give Your Employees Google-like Perks For Free

Don't worry if you don't have enough money to provide your employees perks, there are plenty of things you can do for free.

Staff Writer

Everyone loves perks. Talk to any employee at Google, and they’ll get excited talking about their free lunches — and that’s just the start. Dry cleaning, massages, gym memberships — all of these are benefits companies with cash to spend can offer. But, if you don’t have the funds to put towards these perks, here are some alternatives that can work to help build your culture.

1. Can’t pay for team lunches, try this:

Institutionalize a 15 minute break in the afternoon. Depending on your team’s personality, you could do different things during this break. For example, have a company wide afternoon stretch, coffee break, dance break (if you’re really fun!) or even some creative game like spinning a wheel to see who will win a gift certificate to a local cafe each day. The point is to try and create a space for your employees to interact with each other every day that is not in a meeting.

2. Can’t pay for an elaborate team offsite, try this:

There are a lot of things you can do to get the feeling of an offsite which cost almost nothing. For example, divide your staff up into teams and have them go on a scavenger hunt throughout your neighborhood or bring in a bunch of board games and have a “game afternoon.” You can also find a local organization for which you can all volunteer for the day.

3. Can’t pay for speakers, try this:

It’s very likely you can create learning lunches by just mining the knowledge of your own employees. There may be someone on your team who teaches mediation or someone who really understands personal finance. Once a month, you can invite your employees to share their expertise and the rest of the staff can bring in their lunch to create a “lunch and learn.” This also gives the speaker a nice place to show their colleagues a different side of themselves as well.

4. Can’t pay for company swag, try this:

Let your employees create their own swag and make an event out of it. Set aside a lunch, bring in fabric paints and some stencils of your logo and let people go to town. If you can cut it, buy the t-shirts, but if not, have everyone bring in their own (and that way they’ll know it fits!). This will no doubt be a fun activity and will certainly set your t-shirts apart from most company tee’s!

Some of the most team-building moments happen when a company doesn’t have much money. So, don’t feel bad that you can’t afford the perks of a big company — take pride in your scrappiness. If you have hired the right people, they’ll appreciate these homegrown culture builders. In the end, it’s all about creating a place where people feel appreciated and enjoy coming to work every day.

 

Read Next


Latest

5 Tips To Creating A Company Environment In Which Women Thrive

With the growth of the #MeToo and the #TimesUp movements, I think these are timely reminders of just how far we still have to go in creating businesses and environments where not only women feel... (contd.)

5 Ways to Get Clients to Pay You Faster

Whether you're a freelancer or you own your own company, billing clients is one of the most frustrating parts of the process. You've gone above and beyond to deliver great work, and... (contd.)

iPhone Has a Killer Character Problem, and It’s Kicking Apple’s Brand

If you have an iPhone, better be careful about any text your apps display. A new iOS bug discovered earlier this week by engineers at Aloha Browser will crash your Apple device, whether an iPhone, iPad,... (contd.)

How to Build a Lucrative Business by Renting Your Expertise

Let's face it, every hopeful entrepreneur may not have the next big app, invention or product that will make them fortune in today's market. However, that does not exclude you from running an extremely profitable... (contd.)

How to Get the Best Creatives Dying to Work for You

In the early stages of a business, creative needs are fairly manageable. Many companies are able to get away with outsourcing limited jobs to cover the creative elements of the business. But as a company grows, increasing creative... (contd.)
- Advertisement -
Join Our Daily Newsletter
Sign up to get all the business news and intelligence that matters straight to your mailbox.
Join Our Newsletter !
Like This Article? Subscribe To Our Newsletter To Receive More Of Them Straight In Your Inbox
Contact Us.
Your Name
Email
Message
     
Thank you for your interest in Inc. Arabia. Please leave your contact details below, and we'll be in touch with you very soon.
Like This Article? Subscribe To Our Newsletter To Receive More Of Them Straight In Your Inbox