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It’s a Tight Labor Market: What Are the Big “Extras” You Offer Your Employees?

It’s a tight labor market and everyone is thinking about employee retention. Today, smart employers are doing everything in their power to keep their employees engaged and satisfied. From paying competitive wages to offering big perks, the focus is on actively shifting to employee satisfaction more than ever. There’s is a lot of content about the small extras. This post is devoted to some of the bigger extras and perks that let employees know you are sensitive to their work/life balance. If you are running a team, and want to keep your people happy, here are a few ideas on the significant “extras” you could offer to show them how valuable they are to you and the company: Laundry Service With so many hours they spend at the office, people get frustrated that they can’t do the necessary things for themselves and their household. As a great company that has an ear for your employees’ needs, hire a service to pick up your employees’ clothes and drop them off either at your employees’ address or work. Car Care Someone say oil change? No, cause no one’s got time for that! Well, make sure they do. Some of the most exceptional companies around with high employee satisfaction rates have arranged for a service to come to the office and take care of everything car-related while employees are at their desks. When the work days’ done, they’ve got a freshly cleaned care to drive home in. Take-out Meals for New Parents Set an expense account for new moms and dads for take-out meals. Assign an amount they can use during the first few months that they are home with their new baby. The number of months is usually three, but that depends on the firm. Baby Duty If you’ve got (new) parents in the team, sweep them off their feet by throwing some cash their way to cover for the babysitter. Usually, firms offer these types of benefits for the employees who’ve been with them for over a year, but the agreement ranges from company to company. Cleaning Services Once again, your employees’ outside-of-the-office life suffers because of their work hours, overtime, and other surrounding activities. Help them out - hire professional cleaning services to clean up your employees’ homes every two weeks. Monthly Commuter Benefits Cover commuter expenses of the employees who come to work using public transportation. Offer a monthly stipend high enough to cover the costs. Fully Stocked Kitchen  Make your employees feel at home – stock the office kitchen with free coffee, healthy snacks, soft drinks, etc. during work hours. An addition of fresh fruit and veggies is a huge plus. Wellness Benefits A healthy employee is a happy employee; encourage your people to stay in the best shape by offering wellness benefits such as reimbursement for fitness-related purchases. Typical items reimbursed include gym memberships, yoga mats, running shoes, bicycles, etc. Flexibility in Vacation Days Let your employees choose the way to spend their paid time off (vacation, sick, and personal time) without imposing strict limits and conditions. Adding a few bonus days as performance kudos is always a great idea, too. Builder Promotions provides employee apparel, professional gear and branded gifts that employees use daily. Pair it with the right message from management, and your small appreciation goes a very long way.   Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you soon! We hope you’ll return to check out our blog, Marketing Blueprints to see what resources we’re sharing to support Builder Marketers. We are tweeting, pinning, posting, writing and Linking In. Here’s where you can find and follow us. Twitter: @HomebuilderMktg Instagram: @builderpromotions Pinterest Board: Fun, Creative, Useful Gift Ideas Facebook: LinkedIn: Our blog sponsored by Builder Promotions, Inc., is a complete solution of builder-centric branded products and print collateral that support the entire new home buyer journey.

Leslie is a partner in Builder Promotions Marketing firm, a company devoted to making life better at work for the Marketing professionals who work tirelessly to deliver New Home Communities that provide a place for families to live and thrive. She loves being a Mom and keeps a suitcase packed for the next travel adventure with her family.

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