As parts of Australia begins to ready themselves for the return to onsite work, we are faced with a number of challenging questions. The most prominent being ‘how do we reward employees working from home?’. Recent statistics revealed interest in flexible working arrangements were on the rise, and now, more than ever, these numbers will continue to increase exponentially. For a number of people, working offsite has been an ongoing battle plagued by technological failures and declining willpower. On the other hand, some employees have become quite accustomed to the extra hours of sleep, relaxed dress code and zero commuting time that WFH provides. In a post COVID-19 future, HR managers are going to have to get familiar with the concept of a ‘blended workforce’. Some teams will prefer to work remotely, while others prefer the office. Businesses will now have to offer flexible arrangements to help retain staff who value remote work. If you want your remote workers to be successful, leveraging WFH perks is a surefire way to make them feel like a valued member of the team. By doing so, you can guarantee employees will feel motivated and committed towards optimising their productivity. Today, we’ve prepared a list of recommendations to help you get started on providing WFH perks for remote teams.
Gifts & discounts
We’ve found the most common WFH perks are in the form of a gift or discount; such as gift cards, movie tickets or Hero Dollars. If your remote teams hit a certain target or accomplish difficult tasks, a bonus gift is an excellent way to acknowledge the hard work and make them feel rewarded. Recently, Uber Eats and HeyYou have begun offering corporate vouchers for their services. Meaning your employees who work from home can receive a delicious lunch on the house, or perhaps a coffee at their local. What better way to espresso your gratitude than a free cup of joe? (Pun intended) As we mentioned earlier, Hero Dollars are a great example of how to reward and recognise employees. If you’re sitting there wondering what on earth Hero Dollars are, (and how you can get a hold of them), we’re here to give all the information you need. Employment Hero’s discount marketplace offers thousands of discounts on various gift cards, electronics, homeware items, and even subscription services like gym memberships. If you’re now wondering how you can purchase all those goodies, that’s where Hero Dollars come in to play. Say your employees have been working hard on a recent project, you can award X amount of Hero Dollars to be cashed in at our discount marketplace. Recognitions also simplify the process of rewarding staff for their hard work. By entering your company’s values into Employment Hero, your teams can nominate one another for embodying these values, and the top nominee is then rewarded with a predetermined amount (by you) of Hero Dollars. The beauty is, Hero Dollars can be collated and used in conjunction with other payment methods.
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Health & wellness perks
If we can draw any positives from this global pandemic, one worth noting would be how our society is now more conscious and aware of their health and wellbeing. Businesses too have recognised the significance in investing in their employees health, as the outpour of benefits include reduced absenteeism and turnover, improved performance and greater talent acquisition. Sitting in a chair for long periods of time will inevitably take a toll on the body. And while the majority of businesses today are offering in-house fitness, meditation or yoga classes to combat this, the same can’t be said for remote employees. Okay, its story time – picture this: You’ve just finished a typical 8-hour workday from home and you’re feeling stressed from all the demands and deadlines piling on your desk. Needless to say, it’s been both mentally and physically exhausting… However, you promised yourself you’d commit to starting yoga 2-3 times a week as a way to relax and unwind. The idea of heading to your nearby studio seems like another hour of work in itself, so you stop and think… ‘If only I could attend class from the comfort of my own home?’ Well, if there’s another thing COVID-19 has taught us, it’s that anything is possible, even online yoga classes. For your employees who are WFH, yoga is a powerful way to reset both the mind and body. So what can be better than having them jump online and straight into a class?
Yoga at Employment Hero
Here at Employment Hero, we have been hosting weekly Zoom yoga and meditation classes with Andrew Hampson, founder of Bad Yogi Home Retreats, to help our team through the transition to remote work. The response has been overwhelming. That’s why we recommend rewarding your remote workers with online wellness passes to nurture both their physical and mental health. Pro tip: Try integrating voluntary exercise activities into working hours; this helps show your employees that you care about their health and wellbeing at all times.
When working in an office, small gestures like surprising your team with a catered lunch or a box of donuts is an excellent way to make them feel appreciated. However, when your employees are WFH, it’s more than likely they won’t jump at the idea of heading into the office just for free cake. That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t receive a sweet treat like the rest of your onsite team; their contributions are still highly valuable to your business and should be equally rewarded. The good news is that you don’t need to hand deliver food to your employees. There are an abundance of affordable companies who offer free shipping and discounts as part of their service. We recommend choosing one like Snackwise or Bundleandtwine for that extra special touch. These small but thoughtful WFH perks help remote workers feel like a valued member of the team. For a business this means higher levels of engagement and motivation towards work. Talk about a sweet deal!
Learning & development
Employee perks are not only beneficial to staff, but also provide value to the organisation as a whole. If you’re looking for a stimulating and engaging way to reward your employees from afar, invest in learning and development. With all the spare hours COVID-19 has provided, now is the perfect time to upskill your employees by rewarding them with free online classes. Employees need to feel that their professional learning and personal development is a priority within the company. The last thing you’d want is for your team to jump ship and take their acquired knowledge, experience and skills elsewhere. Platforms like HubSpot, Go1 (which has its very own Employment Hero integration), Udemy and LinkedInLearning can help your employees learn new skills relevant to their field or interests during a time where they may feel stagnant. Taking advantage of rewarding your employees through education will help to enhance the overall skills and knowledge within the organisation.
We get that times are tough right now. Providing WFH perks for employees can seem like an unnecessary expense to your business. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be. It’s important to remember that rewarding your employees is an integral part of boosting your team’s motivation and productivity — so essentially bottom line results. Whether it’s a t-shirt, hoodie, hat or water bottle, slap a logo on it and send them to your remote team members. Branded items are an excellent way to promote a sense of togetherness. They also do a great job at making everyone feel a part of something important. If you want to reward your employees working from home with something cost-free, there are number of options to choose from. Try offering an extended lunch break once a week or a later start time. Give them the option to choose their work hours, given they complete all tasks by a certain deadline. Rewarding remote teams with an extra bit of flexibility gives them a sense of responsibility and autonomy. In turn this helps foster a high-trust culture. If you’re interested in some more budget friendly ideas and how to implement them, have a look at what our CEO recommends here.
The wrap up
Majority of companies today can agree that their employees are their biggest asset. Whether those people work in-office or from home, their contributions are essential for your business to operate. So it is time to get creative when providing additional perks and rewards for those who opt to work remotely. As businesses ready themselves for the transition back to normality, they must also prepare for a new blended workforce. Providing WFH perks has been shown to increase workplace satisfaction and productivity, while reducing turnover. Just don’t forget about the fringe benefits tax! Now does it get any better than that? We like to see this as a win-win situation for everybody — high-fives all round! If you are looking for additional information on how to manage a successful remote workforce, check out our useful guide to flexible working.
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