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5 Innovative Benefits Your Employees Will Appreciate - By Katie Conroy (January 2022)

Updated: Jan 19, 2022

Providing benefits for employees is a great way to keep them enthusiastic and industrious. If you’re looking for new ways to attract and benefit your workers, here are some ideas.

Coaching Programs

If your employees’ performance is starting to suffer, a coaching program that focuses on motivating staff members might be just the thing they need to get back on track. There are coaching programs specifically meant for certain types of employees. For example, executive coaching is designed for business leaders and may include gathering and giving feedback, identifying development opportunities, and setting goals with established action plans.

Team coaching is when one coach works with a team of people instead of one-on-one. This can be especially useful if your employees work in a team-based environment. HR Solutions, LLC also offers coaching and facilitation. The coach and client work together remotely. This type of coaching can be done exclusively or in combination with face-to-face coaching.

Exercising at Work

There are numerous and profound benefits to exercise that can make your employees healthier, happier, and more productive. Exercising doesn’t necessarily need to be done at home or in a gym and can also be done in the workplace while at a desk. There are exercises for cardio, muscle toning, and flexibility.

Personnel may be more motivated to exercise if they can measure the results, and this can be done with a fitness tracker. A fitness tracker is a wearable device with sensors that can track things such as how well you’ve eaten, slept, and exercised. It can give you specific data such as your heart rate, how many steps you’ve taken, and the restfulness of your sleep.

Another option for tracking fitness goals is a smartwatch, which often has a fitness tracker built-in. Smartwatches are highly customizable and can be decked out with screen protectors and personalized bands.

Music Therapy

An established method for reducing stress is through music therapy. Music therapy can be more than just listening to music; it’s also creating, singing, and moving to music. Employees can certainly benefit from simply listening to calming music — preferably without words — on their headphones. However, to truly get the impact that music therapy can bring, you need the services of a trained and certified music therapist. Explore Rhythm & Truth’s available programs by clicking here.

Yoga Classes

Yoga, which brings together breathing exercises, meditation, and poses can effectively be used in the workplace. The benefits of yoga are plentiful and can help manage your employees’ stress, improve their teamwork, and increase their motivation. Implementing this type of exercise program at work may seem daunting, but there are ways to make it easier, such as using collapsible furniture that is easily stored or even just using an open space where you can put down some yoga mats.

Tracking Employee Satisfaction

If you’re not keeping track of how satisfied your employees are, how can you be sure they’re working to their full potential? If your workers are dissatisfied, they’re not going to put much effort into their work. It is thus vital that you’re conducting employee satisfaction surveys each year and staying aware of what motivates them. Research shows that higher employee satisfaction leads to a 40% increase in productivity, which in turn increases customer satisfaction by 18% and drops employee turnover rates by 18%.

Of course, proper benefit tracking involves coordination, tracking, and efficient recordkeeping. In short, it can become a paperwork nightmare if you don't handle it properly. There are free spreadsheets and word processing options available through Google. You can also minimize your cloud storage by compressing data. Doing so also ensures that you avoid system slow-downs. Again, there are online tools you can use for this. Adobe Acrobat, for instance, has a free, browser-based tool that can reduce PDF file size, among others.

If you’re having difficulty with employee satisfaction, providing benefits such as these is a great way to improve their happiness and output and create a more effective work environment.

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