Employee benefits are something every job candidate is curious about, even if they don’t ask. For many, when they think of work perks, it’s usually health insurance, vacation time, and sick time. There are many other things that employers can offer that will increase employee motivation and keep their staff both happier and healthier. Here are some new ideas for a productive workplace that are implemented by many.

Corporate gym memberships

Office jobs often leave employees very sedentary and long hours make getting to the gym difficult. If they think they won’t have time, most people aren’t willing to fork out the cash for a gym membership they’ll never or rarely use.

On the other hand, if their employer offers a paid gym membership, chances are higher that not only will they take advantage of it, but they’ll even go out of their way to do so. Most people don’t want to waste an opportunity provided to them. It also indicates that the employer cares about employee health, and that is further motivation to take advantage of it.

On-site meals

Brown-bagging a lunch every day, or rushing out to find and eat a meal in just one hour gets old fast. It can also lead to unhealthy eating habits, weight gain, or skipped meals – and skipped meals can decrease both productivity and the quality of the work that is done.

By offering on-site meals to staff, an employer can ensure that their employees are eating healthy meals. It saves time, and depending on how it’s offered, can even decrease waste. It can even cut down on employee tardiness since having to pack or stop to buy lunch is no longer an excuse.

Tuition reimbursement

One of the biggest employee benefits that people take advantage of is tuition reimbursement. Many people want to further their education but don’t have the money to do so. They might be raising a family or caring for a family member, so getting a loan may be more risk than they want to take. By offering them reimbursement, an employer can not only encourage them to finish or advance their education but also provide employee motivation to aim higher in order to qualify for reimbursement.

If tuition reimbursement is more than an employer can afford, they can look for other ways to provide educational work perks that are less expensive. For example, reimbursement for seminars, webinars, or short-term certification courses to improve their skills are great options.

A flexible work schedule

The traditional 9-5 Monday through Friday grind may simplify payroll, but it tends to be a drag for staff. Whether it’s spending quality time with family, or a desire to have a long weekend to spend surfing or skiing, having a flexible schedule is something many employees would love to have.

Offer a schedule that gives an easier life/work balance. Some flexibility I’ve seen are as every other Friday off, the ability to work from home one or two days a week or even just half days every so often.

Create a corporate wellness program

A comprehensive corporate wellness program can offer a variety of things: on-site yoga classes, smoking cessation programs, weight loss competitions for cash prizes, or cooking classes and recipe exchanges. It can mix and match offerings, as well as rotate them seasonally to ensure continued interest and participation.

Unique work perks that aren’t offered anywhere else are a great way to increase employee motivation and improve both productivity and health. Think outside the box for employee benefits that would be exciting and improve the culture in your office.

About the Author:

Cass is Utah native and nature lover. If you can’t find her hiking in the great Utah mountains, she’s eating really great Mexican food.