What’s Hot in the World of Employee Incentives

June 27, 2014 Deb Broderson

This year has brought a ton of changes in the economy, technology and healthcare. With these changes has emerged a new way to recognize top performing employees and give them the motivation they need to push your company toward success. Perks.com is always staying up to date on the latest trends in employee incentives including what makes employees happier and more productive in the workplace. Here is our list of perks that you can add to your catalog, make part of your employee incentive program or just add as an employee benefit.

So what are hot employee incentives?employee incentives

Here’s our list of great perks that will help make your employees feel valued.

  1. Flex Schedules: Allowing employees to create a flexible work environment to accommodate a work/life balance, we think, is the number one to reward employees. Employees who have autonomy over their schedule and are able to take time for themselves or family as needed has been incredibly essential to today’s workplace.  Think about incorporating a Flex Schedule option into your rewards catalog.
  2. Game/Hang out rooms: Having space dedicated to the relaxation and pleasure of your staff has a significant amount of clout in the workplace. Employees respect the fact that the powers who be put time into making sure there is a dedicated space for employees to relax and rejuvenate during the work day. Game rooms have become increasingly popular as a way to unwind at work.
  3. Focus on health. Focusing on healthy lifestyles benefits the company and employee. Research has shown companies that provide health-focused benefits to employees have not only happier employees, but also a healthy workplace with less sick days and fewer health issues. Most employees would prefer fresh fruit and healthy snacks over the more traditional soda and candy. Bringing in a healthy food truck once a month or keeping the snack drawer full of nuts and other healthy snacks will be appreciated by all.
  4. Freebies: Freebies are great and well-appreciated if they are something employees actually want. Technology-based gifts like tablets, gaming consoles and smart phones are among the favorites of the freebie variety.

Businesses who follow these suggestions for employee incentives are sure to get a more productive and happy workforce. Sometimes it’s the smallest things that can make the world of difference to how employees feel about their workplace and management.

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