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business people sittingAs a business owner, you’ve probably read a lot of information about how offering competitive employee benefits promotes higher morale and a loyal staff. However, some small businesses also have a small budget. If you can’t afford to offer benefits that are comparable to larger companies, it’s not a deal breaker. There are plenty of benefits you can offer that are free or very affordable.

The idea is simply to make your business a pleasant, supportive environment for your employees so they feel valued and enjoy sticking around for a while. Here are five great ideas for benefits you can offer that come at no cost to you.

Casual dress: The option to dress in comfortable, casual clothing while at work is appealing for many people. A casual dress code is especially beneficial if your employees do not have in-person interactions with customers on a regular basis.

Gym discount: It’s not uncommon for businesses to partner with nearby gyms. If the gym agrees to offer your employees a discounted membership, it increases the likelihood that the gym will gain new customers. It’s a win-win situation that can be established with a simple conversation.

Game day: Every month or quarter, set up an afternoon of games so your employees can let loose and have fun. You can play board games, run relay races or plan some trust exercise games. Whatever you do, it gives your staff a well-deserved break, and doubles as a team-building activity.

Employee recognition: While people work to receive a paycheck, most people also value recognition for their hard work. Something as simple as praising an employee during a team meeting or writing a handwritten note that states your appreciation is often enough to make a deserving employee feel like a valuable part of the team.

Flexible hours: People have increasingly busy lives and time slips away too often. Rather than forcing your employees to be at their desks between certain hours, allow them to complete their work when it’s more convenient. If an employee has an afternoon appointment, he or she can simply finish the day’s work during the evening. This flexibility is a very appealing benefit.

Give your employees the best. Call Dealey, Renton & Associates at 510-465-3090 for more information on Oakland employee benefits.
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