Employee perks are intended to inspire, motivate, encourage, and reward Company loyalty. They can spur employees to do better work as well as prompt creativity. The variety of perks is limited only by your imagination and budget and can range from paid time off, free food in the break room, babysitting services, gym memberships and employee discounts on a vast diversity of services and products.
Perks are sure fun to add but incredibly difficult to cancel. A specific perk may need to be eliminated because the expense is not sustainable, employees are abusing the privilege, or the perk itself is undermining the productivity of the Company. Regardless of the circumstances for the perk’s cancellation, employers must tread carefully lest they provoke an employee mutiny.
Here are the (4) four most important steps to consider in order to mitigate the anger and resentment that can erupt in the workplace:
Remember that while perks are enticing, nothing will replace a positive working environment in which employees are offered a competitive wage, good working conditions, and opportunities for advancement. Smart employers know that these are the things that keep their employees happy and not simply the free snacks in the break room!
For further discussion or comments, please contact Gail L. Trugman Nikol, President Unique Business Solutions, firstname.lastname@example.org or call (516) 935-5641.