No matter how much you love your job, going to the office every day can be a bit of a drag for anyone. Going to a place of employment you truly enjoy is not only important for your work happiness, but it directly translates to your happiness outside of the office as well.
So whether you are an employer looking to implement some benefits for your workers, or you are an employee hoping to propose some perk ideas to your boss, here are a few practical ideas which have been proven to boost morale and overall productivity in the office.
Free Coffee & Tea
If you go to Starbucks or your local coffee shop every morning, that can add up pretty quickly to a lot of money out of your pocket. So how can you save money during the year? A 2008 study done by McKinsey & Company showed 61 percent of emplo yees surveyed said they felt their employers cared about them if they offered a complimentary hot beverage in the morning whether it was coffee or tea. The same study showed 85 percent of employees felt coffee and tea had a direct effect on the productivity and quality of the work they put out each day.
Whether you offer instant coffee, or stock the pantry with tea, this is a small perk which can significantly improve your company.
These days, the large majority of jobs rely on using software and technology on a daily basis. If the equipment employees are using isn't up to quality standards, your employees likely won't enjoy their work as much or produce as good of work as they could.
If you have employees who work remotely or don't have a slew of desktops, investing in new laptops for your employees is an excellent route to go. This shows you care about their well-being and want them to produce work they can on the best technology available.
By now, the Google nap pods are world famous. There is a reason they are so popular at the global search engine company, and that is because they work. Scientific studies have shown a nap during your day at some point is proven to revitalize your mind and body and help you produce higher quality work throughout the day.
Investing in a few couches for your break room is an excellent start on the road to better quality work. By allowing your employees to take a break or two during the work day, you may be surprised at what they can accomplish when they wake up.
While a bonus is always an option for a reward, another excellent option is by partnering with other businesses in your area to create incentive programs for your employees. Did you worker hit a sales goal or land a new client? A gift card to a popular local restaurant or a coupon to one of their favorite stores shows you are taking an invested interest in them, while also helping your local economy.
What kind of perks are available at your job? Let us know about them in the comments!