6 Benefits That Show You Prioritize Your Employees

By Alicia Geigel on September 2, 2022

Making employees happy at work isn’t always easy, as there is a lot to manage in the office and on an individual level, however, if you care about your business and employee happiness/satisfaction, you want to go above and beyond to ensure that your employees are prioritized by all means.

The biggest way you can prioritize and support your employees is by providing benefits, whether it be through healthcare, bonuses, or special memberships. If you’re an employer looking for different ways to prioritize your employees and make them feel valued, here are six that will help you get started!

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1. Provide Healthcare Benefits: In a typical work environment, a huge benefit is having healthcare. Without healthcare, managing routine sicknesses like colds or taking care of bigger problems like a chronic condition are incredibly difficult to do financially, which can affect your employee’s work balance and overall ability to perform on the job. While it may not be exclusively in your control, try your best to advocate for your employees by working with higher management and getting healthcare plans for your employees. These types of plans will normally include a standard health insurance plan that covers primary care doctor visits, specialty doctor visits, emergency room visits, etc. Along with the standard policy, also include coverage for both dental and eye care.

2. Roll Out Holiday Bonuses: When the holiday season rolls around towards the end of the year, everyone gets excited to give friends and loved ones presents, or some may even look forward to treating themselves for a hard year’s worth of work. A great way to show your employees appreciation is to roll out a nice holiday bonus package. Depending on your company’s budget, it may not be big at first, but a $300, $500, etc. bonus will definitely boost the spirits of your employees and give them a little bit of money to use on something fun. Along with the monetary bonus, consider gifting little gift baskets with snacks, gift cards, and body care products- a little thought goes a long way!

3. Have Food/Meals for Lunchtime Breaks: There is nothing worse than being hungry on the job. The constant grumbling of a stomach and feeling of emptiness can be distracting and affect one’s ability to do their job to the best ability. Food is not only important for helping our mind and body function well, but it can also be a source of comfort, which can definitely help on a bad day. Communicate with a catering company and arrange daily meals for employees to have on their lunch breaks. Include healthy snacks like fruits, veggies, nuts, yogurt, etc., and even go the extra mile by providing food items to have for breakfast in case anyone accidentally missed their most important meal. Muffins, bagels, granola and yogurt, oatmeal, protein bars, fruit, etc. are all good options!

4. Give Access to Special Memberships: Believe it or not, employees have lives outside of work! It is so important to have a healthy work/life balance, as it can help your employees feel refreshed and confident about doing their job to their best ability. Another significant way to give your employees benefits is by gifting them access to special memberships, such as a gym or virtual therapy membership. Taking care of your physical and mental health is a key part of feeling your best and doing your best, and these types of memberships can show your employees that you care. Gym memberships can include places like Planet Fitness or Anytime Fitness, while virtual therapy memberships can include services like BetterHelp and Talkspace.

5. Hand Out Discounts for Certain Retailers/Tickets: Who doesn’t love a good coupon or discount? Depending on your connections and professional collaborations, you can hand out a decent amount of discounts for retailers, restaurants, services, and ticketed events. In many situations, it is common for companies to offer discounts in exchange for some type of sponsorship or promotion, so if that is something that your company can do, getting discounts in return would be great to share with employees. It’s essentially a win-win for everyone!

6. Encourage Days Off: Many employees often neglect themselves and rarely take personal days off due to perhaps pressure from higher management or a lack of time to complete important task deadlines. As an employer, it is important to encourage your employees to take days off when they need it. Communicate in a friendly and healthy way the tasks that either can be pushed off or completed at another time to make them feel totally comfortable with the idea. Outside of taking days off, encourage employees to take breaks when needed, emphasize the importance of taking full lunch breaks, and establish hours where work-related communication is prohibited.

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When it comes to running a company or overseeing employees, supporting them with benefits should always be a top priority. If your employees feel valued, appreciated, and supported, they will not only be more productive but they’ll also be happier at work!

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