When an employee is considering whether or not to accept a new job, the company benefits on offer will be high on their list of considerations.

A basic salary and pension are not enough as they will be looking to see what else is available.

You may not be able to offer all lavish perks offered by large corporate or innovative tech companies, but this doesn’t mean you have to lag behind the pack. Other than private health insurance and life assurance, what else could you consider providing that won’t break the bank and can give you the edge over a competitor?  

Free food and drink

You can get everyone together, give a business update and then enjoy some crowd pleasing food for lunch. Depending on your budget, this could be done on a regular or ad hoc basis.

Alternatively, you could just offer some free fruit, or a complimentary breakfast every now and then.

Not making reasonable adjustments for disabled employees

In cases of disabled job applicants, employers are required to make reasonable adjustments to working practices, policies and procedures. This could involve, for example, conducting an interview for a wheelchair user on the ground floor. 

Gym memberships

You can subsidise gym membership by reimbursing the employee each month a proportion of the fees they pay.

If this is too expensive you could just try and organise some sports events, such as 5 a side football, tennis or basketball. This would just involve hiring out a court or pitch for an hour and renting out some equipment. 

Either way it helps get employees into shape or keep fit, relieve stress and even have some fun.

Flexible working arrangements

Whether it’s home working, staggered hours, compressed hours, term-time working, flexi-time or annualised hours, you can explore what options are viable for your organisation. Employers in, for example, manufacturing, retail, health care or security, may have roles that require face-to-face contact, physical presence in the workplace or handling specialist equipment. These types of jobs do not lend themselves to home working, but there may be other arrangements that could work.

Extra days off

For example, if it’s their birthday or they’re getting married, you may wish to allow them some extra paid annual leave.

Discounts

You can negotiate with local businesses to see if discounts can be offered to employees. Any savings on lunches, clothes and events will be appreciated by your staff.

Car share

Employers can do their bit to help the environment and alleviate the burden of having a small car park or none at all by introducing a car sharing incentive scheme. For example, if they give a colleague or multiple colleagues a lift to and from work X times a month, they can claim an allowance.

Bring your dog to work days

– Some employers allow office workers to bring their dog in to work. It is argued that allowing employees to bring their four legged furry companions to work helps reduce their stress levels, improve job satisfaction and increase staff morale.

Employers must remember their duty to ensure the safety, health and welfare, in so far as is reasonably practicable, of employees. This means that you should carry out a risk assessment for each and every dog that an employee wishes to bring into work. Read more here.

Salary sacrifice schemes

A salary sacrifice scheme is where an employee decides to give up part of their cash pay in exchange for a non-cash benefit, for example, the cycle to work scheme, childcare vouchers and increased pension contributions. Explore the recent changes to these schemes here.

Influenza vaccination

To keep colleagues fit and well, you could offer to reimburse the cost of colleagues having the flu jab.

Consult with your employees

When you are seeking to introduce a new benefit, make sure it is what your employees want.

There is no point offering gym membership to your 20 staff if you find out that none of them are remotely interesting in sweating it out at the gym or taking place in the group exercise classes. Or introduce a ‘bring a dog into work’ day and find out none of them actually have pet dogs!

You should consult with employees in order to make an informed decision and listen to any suggestions that they may put forward. 

What next?

If you do decide to go ahead, have found the right provider and agreed on the budget, you also need to think about whether you need to make changes to your HR policies, who at your organisation will be responsible for these schemes and how will you monitor the success of these benefits.

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