What are examples of staff perks?
Employee perks are a great way to attract and retain top talent in your organisation. Perks can include anything from flexible working, gym membership, free drinks & snacks in the office to a comprehensive staff perks portal or app. Providing these perks can help create and reinforce a positive workplace culture and increase employee engagement and satisfaction.
What is an EAP or Employee Assistance Programme?
Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs) are also a valuable benefit that you may want to consider offering to your team. EAPs typically provide employees with third party confidential counselling and support for a range of issues both in and out of work. Support can be accessible for a range of mental health, financial concerns, relationship problems and stress. EAPs can help employees address personal issues that may be affecting their work performance and improve their overall wellbeing.
Should I provide staff perks or an EAP as part of my employee benefits package?
Ultimately the decision to provide staff perks or an EAP will depend on your team and your organisation’s budgets and priorities.
Over the last 9 months, we have really seen a significant increase in employers prioritising mental health and wellbeing benefits for their teams, which is fantastic to see.
We all know employees that feel valued, respected and cared for are more productive, engaged and loyal. In fact, 66% of employees who receive reward and recognition are reportedly more likely to stay loyal to their employer. …after all its cheaper and better for morale to keep an existing employee happy rather than spend time and money recruiting and retraining.
Great examples we’ve seen include;
- Flexible working hours
- Remote working arrangements (where possible)
- Emergency Mental Health First Aiders
- Discouraging presenteeism
- Celebrating team & individual accomplishments
- Adding collaborative workspaces
These are all absolutely great and we would always champion these initiatives… but what about out of working hours?
How can we support our employees that work remotely or have hybrid working patterns. How do we support those very private individuals or those who don’t even know where to turn?
It’s not easy being responsible for a workforce, especially if you don’t always know the problems you could support with.
An effective EAP means your team can access professional support 24/7 when they need it most, and you are fulfilling your duty of care as an employer.
Ultimately, offering staff perks and an EAP can demonstrate that you value your employees’ wellbeing and can contribute to a positive work culture.
With our employee benefit packages you no longer have to choose between staff perks and employee wellbeing… you can give your team both! And with the power of our collective at a great price too (that will keep your FD happy)!
Staff perks will always be our core offering, supporting our local independent businesses – SMEs contribute 60% of jobs in the UK and so, it’s vital for our communities that they make it through.
For as little as £1.60 extra with our Perks Plus, you can provide your team round the clock access to a professional and confidential service. Or for an additional £3.59 you can provide our Perks Platinum which is our staff perks, EAP and unlimited GP appointments.
For more information on how you can provide our award-winning staff perks, without compromise, to your colleagues please get in touch today.