Have you ever wondered if you are an Employer of Choice? Have you ever thought what do your employees say about you behind the scenes? You probably know that it’s not only a high salary which makes people happy in an organisation. Offering non-financial benefits is essential for attracting talent from a competitive job market and retain valuable employees. This is now an integral part of a successful company culture and more and more often Employers are coming up with new and innovative ideas on how to motivate their team.

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well neither does bathing- that’s why we recommend it daily.”

I would love to hear what are your methods are for motivating people in your team…. apart from the standard medical insurance, gym membership, company car or laptop!

I have chosen several examples of unique and potentially unconventional methods for treating people in a company. Here are some non-standard examples that are used in organisations all over the world.

Different things work for different organisations, but I hope they will inspire you!

  • Massage, acupressure, Yoga classes or…fresh flowers every day on the desk – these are examples of benefits offered by employers as part of the already very popular “less stress” trend.
  • A Lottery once a month for all employees – where you can win various prizes, for example, a ticket for a musical, day off or … dinner with the boss!
  • Free lunch for employees freshly prepared by your own Chef. You can choose specific times or treat your employees every day.

“Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers”.

  • Organising a ‘theme’ day. Examples include a pyjama day, crazy hat day or mismatch day. When employees are comfortable and happy, they’re motivated as well.
  • Free beauty services such as hairdresser, solarium, manicure, pedicure, and… botox injection!
  • Offering assistance in arranging household duties, such as laundry, cleaning, shoe repair or shopping – so that after work they can spend as much time as possible to rest and regenerate.
  • Allowing innocent and harmless office pranks. It’s not to say that a new prank should occur every month, but just making it an environment where an occasional prank is acceptable is enough. Pranks also allow for creativity and innovation. Examples: wrapping an office in wrapping paper, covering the office with sticky notes or filling an office with lots of balloons.
  • Pets in the office, as well as a free dog walking service. There is nothing better for animal lovers!
  • An apartment in a beautiful part of the world – for free use for company employees throughout the year. All you have to do is sign up and book a date. Simple, right?
  • Small gifts and notes are affordable ways to acknowledge your employees are appreciated. Whether it’s a quick handwritten thank you note or a small and meaningful gift, the gesture can go a long way.

Non-financial activities have a huge impact on the morale of the staff and build a good atmosphere in the workplace. The average person works 40 hours a week, between the age of 20 and 65. This means that we spend 90 360 hours at work (excluding holidays). That’s over 10 years!

“To win in the marketplace you must first win in the workplace”.

Give your hard-working employees a break, let them feel happy, beautiful and less-stressed. It is not too much. Think about what they can give you in return, think about your reputation. Build a strong and attractive employer brand. The are many options. Which one would you choose?