Work life balance seems to sell itself as a myth a lot of the time. We live in an age of technology that keeps us connected all the time and in some ways disconnects us from the real people around us. The world today is developing companies that hire for culture and look for staff with a strong set of values. When finding this talent, they are trying various tricks and hacks to keep staff for longer.
We all know that staff who are happy and healthy are more productive! We will talk about what options there are that do not always involve money to keep staff happy, engaged and willing while bettering the employee experience. By bettering the employee experience we are more likely to retain staff for longer, saving on the resources of recruiting and on-boarding and training. Here are a few suggestions on creating a more inclusive work culture to drive staff satisfaction.
If a staff member’s role is not time sensitive and the work they do can be done at any time of the day or night then flexi hours are a real bonus. If the staff member knows that they can come into the office at 10h00 and leave at 18h00 instead of the regular 9h00 – 17h00. This gives them a sense of freedom to plan their day with a different structure. Most staff members who stay in the office after other teams have left display a higher productivity level as they do not get interrupted after general office hours and can achieve more in a shorter time frame.
Work From Home
This perk is beneficial for some of the same reasons as flexi time. The question arises that staff may loaf off and not work to their full potential but this is why deadlines are important. When this was raised in a workshop recently, the response was plainly; ” We employ adults, if they cannot get the job done at home, they probably won’t do it at the office either”
The staff member who works from home has the benefit of not being interrupted and the environmental impact of not driving to work is massive. As it turns out, staff can have a most productive day in a onesie!
Social Activities in the office
The importance of cultivating healthy office relationships impacts the level of trust in the office family. If a staff member has strong bonds with the teams that they work with they will approach them when they have a work problem that they cannot solve alone and get the help they need, which can save a company money in cases where mistakes are expensive. Naturally if staff get along well with the people they are spending such large amounts of time with, work will be far more enjoyable overall. Having a happy office is proven to have benefits to the company, read more here.
Perks vary from the time based incentives we have mentioned to education and travel. In our business, we have a program where our staff get given points for various tasks. These then become stars and each star comes with a prize. Once our therapists get 5 stars they can choose to put a cash donation towards their own growth and learning. The benefit to the company is having a strong team who are knowledgeable and the therapists feel empowered. Many of them are single moms and would not prioritize their own learning. This gives them the option to do something for themselves that will have a long term impact and improve their CV when they move on from the company.
Giving perks gives staff the space to refer friends or family to the company, these referrals can be as useful as getting a new client, if a staff member with your company culture fit is recommended, you can save on a lot of admin and energy.
Every mother carries a level of guilt for choosing a career along with motherhood. Providing a creche onsite gives a mother the chance to check in on her little one during the day, saves her on transport fees and keeps her in the office for longer in fact if there is an emergency, she is right there to manage the crisis without leaving the building. Likewise mothers are breastfeeding for as long as they can and having a comfortable room to pump makes this an easily achievable goal that you as the employer is helping her to achieve.