[Guest Blog] Modern Employee Benefits to Consider for Your Organization by Julie Morris

Guest blog by Julie Morris

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What steps is your organization taking to attract and retain top talent? If you’re relying on traditional employee benefits to build a team of devoted workers, you might be selling yourself short. These days, millennials and zoomers expect different perks from their companies than people in previous generations.

Along with the longtime staples of medical insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, and disability insurance, consider thinking outside the box regarding the benefits you are offering your current and potential team members. Below, Performance Works provides some quick tips on how you can draw (and keep) top-notch talent!

The Workplace

Let’s start with making your workplace more amenable to your employees. More companies are offering their team members additional vacation time, paid leave, and flexible working hours, all of which are guaranteed to attract the best talent.

Another thing to consider is how much effort you are putting into developing your team’s skills. Make sure you invest in any technology that can help each of your employees improve their craft and fulfill their responsibilities more efficiently. Furthermore, think of ways to encourage healthy eating among your employees; you might be surprised by how effective it can be to provide free lunches, fruit, and hot tea to your team!

Lifestyle

Work-life balance has never been more important to employees. Consider any way that you can show your team members that you value their health and well-being by offering benefits that account for non-work activities. For instance, maybe you could provide discounted grocery delivery, child care, legal services, and financial services, to name a few.

Allowing your team to work remotely or through a hybrid model could also benefit their work-life balance. And you might be surprised by how productively your team can work remotely! If your employees need to come into the office regularly, you could help them cover transportation costs or provide alternative solutions like bicycles, scooters, or public transit passes.

Health and Wellness           

You can’t research employee benefits without seeing a lot of content on health and wellness, and that’s because it’s vital for any company that hopes to succeed in the long run. Millennials and zoomers expect companies to offer an employee wellness program, which can come in many forms.

Some smaller companies may provide a simple fitness center membership; businesses with more resources might include a full-spectrum program with an in-house gym, mental health services, and financial health counseling. The best approach is to simply do what you can with the resources you have.

If you want to take it to the next level, you could even offer a workshop or training seminar on boosting health and wellness at home. For example, you could teach your team members about how decluttering their belongings can reduce their stress, as well as how to organize their closets and cabinets better.

Financial Security

We can’t forget about the importance of financial security. At the end of the day, anything that will help your employees achieve financial health will be the most substantial incentive for them to join your team. This means that you should figure out how to offer pension plans, comprehensive insurance, outstanding bonuses, financial consultations, and any other financial benefits that could help your company attract and retain top talent.

If your company hopes to stay ahead of the game in a constantly changing business landscape, it must prioritize employee benefits. Consider the ideas above as you prepare to make any necessary modifications, and keep looking for other ways to build a top-notch team. In no time, you will see that the time, money, and energy you are investing in employee incentives are proving well worth it!

 

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5 productivity lessons from my life as a business traveller

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I am on another flight, in another seat, on a different airline, sitting next to a mix cultures, generations and assorted folk with assorted purposes. One thing, however, is a constant after my near 15 years of constant business travel. My laptop is open, I am working, I am listening to music to drown out the crying parents and screaming kids (usually interchangeable) and, yet, I am focused. I get a lot of work done up here at around 14,000 metres. I also get a lot done in the hotels I stay at, the airport terminals I find myself in and various other locations where I can connect with my devices or take out my laptop and get some real work done. Funnily enough I am at my most productive out and about. It’s a state of mind – a can-do attitude and it most certainly impacted how I have developed myself as a Professional and as a Leader. It’s not always been the case, with tough lessons learned on the way. Here are the top 5 pointers that have helped me stay productive, wherever I am:

  • Start with a clear purpose, every day
    When I am travelling, I know I have an hour here and there, a few hours flying, 30 minutes in a hotel reception. It focuses the mind. I can filter the distractions and do I what need to do.
  • Learn to filter out the noise
    It’s noisy on a plane, in a terminal, on a train, at a hotel reception area etc – Add to this the multiple demands and items on your list and it all adds up to a lot of noise. In these situations we have to be focused on doing what we need to do, rather than what we want to do.
  • Time for your business, yourself, your team, your family
    Getting points 1 and 2 right help manage this point. The curse of the business traveller can be the “always on” switch. Days blend into nights and into a mind-set of how perfect the time is to get work done – its dead time after all. True – to a point. But no one is good to anyone burned out. Leave time for the other important things:
    i) Instead of planes and hotels in faceless cities, I now ensure I engage better with my surroundings – it’s good for the heart and the head.
    ii) My team need time to talk, seek input and share. It is easier now than ever to stay connected and Skype + Go-To-Meeting are my best friends for staying in touch.
    iii) I spend more quality time with my family than I ever did. The pressures are still the same, it is just that I have learned with experience, feedback and practice to manage myself and my time differently.
  • Attitude is everything
    As a business traveller in these ultra connected times I know I can find space, do what I need and get to the important things. This helps me define my purpose, eliminate distractions and engage my positive productivity mind-set.
  • Everyone needs help – It was scary to be found wanting a few years ago and I realised that it didn’t matter how ‘senior’ I had become, I needed some coaching and advice. I wholeheartedly entered into it. This approach helped me balance socially & emotionally, commercially & operationally. Not necessarily in that order!  I couldn’t recommend it more to Leaders and Managers at any level. It has made a profound difference to me. Never be too proud to ask for feedback or help – you never know what benefits it can bring, particularly in terms of personal productivity and, perhaps, the positive knock-on effect to the productivity of your team.

How can this 5-point productivity plan help you? I’d like to hear your thoughts and productivity war stories. We all have them!