In today’s connected world, employees are feeling the wrath of never switching off and being expected to be available longer than 9am – 5pm. Employees are feeling stressed and anxious and this is having serious repercussions on their work productivity and general wellbeing. In the Health and Safety Executive Report, it revealed that last year in the UK 526,000 employees suffered from work-related stress, depression and anxiety, which resulted in an astounding 12.5 million working days lost – that is almost six in 10 employees!
As they say in layman’s terms – if an employee is stressed, they are less likely to be effective and industrious, thus an employee’s wellbeing directly influences work output and productivity levels… hence the recent shift to office perks as a means to help reducing stress.
According to Totaljobs, 40% of employees believe that employee perks (such as a games room and onsite fitness classes) will reduce stress. There are a host of office perks, some obvious and some surprising, which can be used to help reduce stress which will cater to improve employee wellbeing. Glassdoor research has shown that often more than a third of employees admit perks and benefits are amongst their top consideration before accepting a new job as they deem it as a motivator to stay engaged, happy and less strained. It’s no surprise that job-related stress has serious consequences, both on a personal level as well as on a workplace as a whole.
Companies who spend money to set up initiatives to reduce stress will ultimately save in the long run as there will be less absenteeism and employees calling in unwell. Engaged and motivated employees who are driven, are rearing to go and can create a wave of enthusiasm which will help your organisation flourish and, in turn, will rid the negative wave of stress and angst.
Here are some well-known companies who have very feasible employee perks in an attempt to reduce workplace stress:
• Microsoft offers an annual $800 ‘StayFit’ reimbursement programme to help cover the cost of gym memberships and fitness programmes
• Timberland offers employees up to 40 hours of paid time off per year for volunteering
• Reebok encourages employees to reach fitness goals by providing an on-site gym with CrossFit classes
• Starbucks provides full tuition reimbursement for its employees
• Eventbrite offers $60 stipend a month to keep employees healthy, which can be used for gyms, juice cleanses etc.
Small companies and start-ups can use similar such perks for their teams. Companies can have a small room with beanbags, chilled music, and even table tennis table to encourage time out from the hustle and bustle of everyday busyness. Companies can hold monthly meditation classes or yoga sessions in the boardroom, have team meetings outside of the office environment and frequent team drinks or fun team events. Anything where employees are able to step away from their desk, clear their minds and have time out to reflect and get some perspective, will in turn, reduce stress.
Getting away from the constant go,go,go can be an easy stress-buster. Encourage your teams to take time out and utilise whatever employee perks are on offer. Another popular office perk is having an online discount portal where employees have access to thousands of discounts and perks, such as discounted gym memberships, days outs to different attractions and cheap cinema tickets. These can all help take ones’ mind off work, so employees can take their foot off the gas.
Look after your team, so they look after your business!
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Written by Talya Zwiers
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