Aside from running the Internet, Google is known for being one of the best companies to work for. Aside from providing on-site doctors and medical services, this multi-billion dollar corporation also offers – are you ready – free lunch, dinner, massages, and yoga!
Now, you’re probably thinking to yourself, “But I’m only starting up! I can’t afford all those incentives!” Worry not dear reader, for you don’t have to push yourself this far to create a more fulfilling working environment. There are alternative perks for your small business that should keep your employees engaged and motivated. Here are some ideas:
Have an unused room in your office? Why not revamp it by putting in a sofa, a carpet and an electric fan for an instant nap room? A 15 to 20-minute nap will sure to re-energize and reinvigorate workers, resulting in more productive work hours. A win-win for both parties, so better work on that nap room!
Instead of dressing up the unused room to be a sleeping area, put a Ping-Pong table or Xbox 360 Kinect games to help your employees de-stress after a challenging project. Because hey, employees who play together, works well together!
Seriously though: who doesn’t love food? They say the fastest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. This also applies to your employees! Invest in a small Snack Basket and fill it with enough munchies for your small team to nibble on. And if you’re team performed exceptionally on one of those “Hell Months”, you can treat them to a fun karaoke night!
Organizing a team-building is one thing, inviting your employees to watch a movie together is a whole different story! If the heavens bless your company with an idle week, set a free day for your team to enjoy together. Seize opportunities for quality bonding, but keep this is at a minimum so you don’t end up at a point where you’re actually spoiling them.
Pinterest is known for its weekly Happy Hour where employees get to raise their concerns to the founders. Why not incorporate this in your company? This is something that a lot of large companies cannot offer right away due to the hectic schedules of the bosses. Not to mention that the company size will also be an obstacle in itself. But for small businesses, letting people speak their opinion about the management and leadership system is a perk that’s both valuable and priceless!
This has been one of the earliest and surest formulas for employee motivation, and with good reason! You can never go wrong with a pat on the back. Heck, even a simple “Employee of the Month” plaque is enough to boost anybody’s morale! After all, one of the best feelings you can get as a worker is your superior’s approval.
While these are just few of the many things you can do to keep office atmosphere light despite the heavy workload, we hope that you were able to gain some applicable insights. You can give your employees lovable perks without breaking the bank. Just give one or two of these ideas a try. Remember, a happy and engaged workforce is the most productive one as well.