• Prasanthi Naidoo

What Benefits Do Employees Value The Most?

When employers are on the hunt for new talent, it’s important they remember their quests always need to begin at home. In other words, ensuring the happiness and success of current employees is a key to attracting candidates to the job postings a company publishes. It’s all about growing and nurturing a positive company culture. It’s imperative to have a motivated staff working within an energetic environment to be able to adequately bolster a company’s workforce.

With that said, it’s important to know what really makes employees tick. Many business owners automatically assume it’s all about pay. Naturally, all workers appreciate handsome salaries. But there’s lot more to employee satisfaction than money. Everyone from The Beatles to Ralph Tresvant has sung about the fact that money can’t buy love. Studies have shown that most Canadian workers prefer perks over cash. But what benefits do employees value the most?

The freedom to work from home.

It’s nearly 2019. As you’re very well aware, the concept of “the work place” has changed drastically over the past few decades – even the last couple of years! With cloud-hosting services providing employees with the ability to work from remote locations, it’s certainly technology worth investing in.

While Mark Sinatra of Digital HR Tech admits that it may not be a practical idea for every business, it’s worth considering if an employee’s job can be done from home. “For some people, working from home is a dream come true; there’s no dress code, no commute, and none of the typical in-office distractions,” he writes.

Paid maternity/paternity leave.

Maintaining work/life balance is so important so many people. But this is especially true for individuals who wish to start families. When work gets in the way of becoming parents, it can really put people in major states of discomfort and stress. By offering your employees paid maternity/paternity leave, you will present your place of work as one that is truly in touch with being human. It has a huge impact on how your company is perceived.

“Employees want to feel like they can pursue career goals while growing their families,” says staffing expert, Robert Half on his website, “Hence, many companies top up what the Government of Canada offers as parental paid time off for new parents. Even better? How about on-site day care? Or reproductive assistance, including fertility drugs and IVF?”

Paid vacation time.

We all need time away from the job. Even the busiest of business owners need opportunities to relax and recharge their batteries. Vacationing, in fact, can be good for your business. By not burning yourself out, you allow yourself to remain sharp and focused. Of course, the same thing goes for your employees. Believe it or not, they need time away from their jobs in order to do their jobs better.

“Far too many business owners fail to provide vacation days—even unpaid time off—to their employees,” Sinatra points out, “This is a bad idea; folks who aren’t given time off are subject to burnout, and they may also feel unappreciated or put-upon in their current position. On the other hand, granting employees vacation time (especially paid vacation time) reassures them that you see them as human beings with lives and interests outside of the office.”

Are you looking for new ways to successfully add to your staff? To learn more about the benefits your employees value the most, contact Hire Value Inc. at (403) 978-3827 or visit our website at www.hirevalueinc.com.


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