What are some of the unusual perks that you get at work? I would be interested to hear what you have benefited from over the years.
Gone are they days of just offering a pension and maybe some bonus. We all spend 40+ hours a week at work and employers are now seeing the positives of additional benefits and perks. Happier employees will boost productivity by up to 12% according to recent reports.
Health and well-being continue to be the benefits on everyone's agenda and are likely to continue to be in my opinion.
However, are such benefits going to create good PR? If you are looking to boost your employer branding then surely it will only help your cause!
Occupational psychologist Cheryl Isaacs says that having generous employee perks can be a good way for a company to help ensure that it has a contented workforce, and that numerous studies have shown (perhaps unsurprisingly) that happy staff are more productive. One such recent report into the issue by the University of Warwick found that employee happiness boosted productivity by 12%, while unhappy workers were 10% less productive. However, London-based Ms Isaacs cautions that the benefits should apply to most employees, and not just a few. "A deeper question that each individual organisation needs to answer is: does the benefit bring ROI [return on investment']? Will it have any long-lasting benefits for the company?" she says.