I recently conducted a survey entitled “Why Employee Perks and Company Culture Matter” for Clutch, a global B2B technology referral company. After surveying 507 full-time employees, I found that perks increase workers’ efficiency, decrease turnover, and improve company culture overall.

The Importance of Perks

Workplaces offer a variety of perks and company culture benefits, and different employees will place varying degrees of emphasis on the importance of each perk. Some of the most desired perks are listed in the chart below.

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Those who do receive perks cite health, happiness, and trust as the reasons why they appreciate access to those perks. 53% of those surveyed said perks give a better quality of life, 49% mentioned it makes them feel valued, and 44% commented that it improves their physical and mental health.

For example, Clutch interviewed an employee at a biomedical research facility in Virginia. “[My] perks increase my job satisfaction,” she said. "I would turn down any job offer because of my perks."

The Growing Mobile Workforce

Technology has created a mobile workforce, and working remotely is a trend that's not going away. The benefit: you have a bigger pool of potential employees to choose from, as you can employ people with non-traditional working situations.

Customizing your perks to suit your company’s needs can help you attract and keep the best talent, especially if you employ remote workers.

The Value of Flexible Work Hours and Remote Working

Flexible work scheduling costs you nothing, but makes a great difference to some of your employees.

If you run a large company, you’re probably familiar with the typical benefits offered to employees, such as:

  • Healthcare
  • Retirement contributions
  • Paid time off

However, if you run a startup or employ 15 people or less, benefits and perks can seem intimidating. Traditionally they are expensive and time consuming to manage.

Fortunately, many employees are willing to work with a company that doesn’t offer every traditional benefit, but does offer the perk of flexible work hours (especially if their spouse gets healthcare and other benefits through their job). Flexible hours and working from home are priceless to the mom that has a sick kid at home or to the night owl who doesn’t fully wake up until noon. 

Remote working is also a valuable option for many employees. According to American Census data, the average American worker spends over 26 minutes commuting to work in each direction per day. In major urban areas, that number doubles or triples.

Instead of wasting that time sitting in traffic, your employee could be working at their computer getting their job done. But every person is different: they may want to work from home, but they could work from cafes, libraries, museums, or any public space.

Remote work means that employees can work where they find inspiration, have a mug of caffeine to battle fatigue, or have suitable background noise in order to focus better. 

The Necessity of the Right Tools

For many managers and employers, it can be stressful to oversee off-site employees. This is why you need to have the right tools to monitor your workers and to help them be productive. 

Communication platforms like Slack or Stride, shared reports on Google docs and spreadsheets, and daily or weekly check-in calls can get everyone on the same page.

But don’t forget about the working environment itself. Alcove helps people work efficiently and peacefully on their laptop or iPad from anywhere:

  • For the employee at the cafe, Alcove provides privacy with pop-up panels that also help to keep the sound you want in and noise you don't want out.
  • For the worker who is outside, Alcove prevents glare from the sun.
  • For the dad who is at home, sitting next to a sick child in bed, it provides a lighted surface useful in a dark room.
  • For any person on the go, it protects your laptop as a sleek, durable case. 

 

Alcove is a way to take full advantage of the work-from-anywhere concept that employees want and employers are starting to permit.

David Coplin, Chief Envisioning Officer of Microsoft UK, said that “…we need to take a more flexible approach to both the workplace and the work we do; one that provides us both the physical and cognitive space to harness the incredible power, insight and experience we offer.” 

In other words, happy and comfortable employees are able to become productive employees. When employees are allowed to successfully balance work and home life, they find the sweet spot for living well.

Workplace freedom doesn’t have to compromise quality and productivity, especially when managers know the right perks to offer and which tools to use.

 

About the Author: Elizabeth Ballou is a content developer for Clutch, a ratings, reviews, and research company in Washington, D.C. She focuses on HR, perks, company culture, and benefits. When not working, she enjoys listening to too many podcasts and seeing local theater productions.

Photo by Christin Hume on Unsplash