Having a happy, engaged and motivated workforce can have a huge impact on the success of your business. In fact, according to Top Employers UK (TEUK), employee engagement is one of the top three drivers of business success.
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Speaking to employers about employee benefits is one of my biggest passions. I truly believe that happy employees lead to happy customers and I want to spread the word! However, it has become clear to me is that there are some misconceptions about the benefits of offering employee perks, particularly among small businesses. SMEs are the bedrock of economy, yet I believe many are missing a trick because of this. So, with that in mind, I thought I would take a look at the myths that I most often come across and have a go at busting them.
It's that time of year again. After a food and drink-fuelled festive break you're no doubt starting January with grand plans for the year ahead. It's fair to say that there will have been an element of familiarity to most people's new year's resolutions: drink less, eat better, go to the gym. These are all admirable endeavors but what about resolutions that will make a real difference to your business?
Having an office ping-pong table has become something of a start-up cliché. Alongside the basketball hoop and free beer on tap (or is it prosecco these days??) they have come to represent the carefree, creative, fun-loving approach that many start-ups (and their largely millennial workforce) want to convey. They've even been called the "quintessential office perk".
Many people assume that it’s easier for big businesses to implement an employee engagement strategy because of their size, manpower and financial clout. However small businesses have a number of advantages when it comes to launching initiatives that will have their staff feeling valued, engaged and motivated. Here are five ways that we think SMEs can beat big business at employee engagement.
- Over 50% off cinema tickets
- Exclusive travel discounts and upgrades
- Up to 30% off technology products
- Supermarket savings
Keeping your staff happy and motivated is about much more than just salary and career progression. It’s about showing them you care, that you understand they have a life outside of work and that you’re willing to go the extra mile to demonstrate this.