You guys know I’m on the advisory board for The Workforce Institute at Kronos. Each year, the board puts together a list of the Top 5 Workplace Trends for the year. On this year’s list we find unique benefits and employee perks emerging as a competitive advantage. I do believe as the recruiting market becomes more challenging, organizations will look for ways to set themselves apart.
Over the past few months, I’ve run across a few perks that companies might find interesting. This article from The Atlantic about student loan repayment as an employee benefit is very interesting. But let’s face it, not every company has the budget for that. That doesn’t mean you don’t have options.
For example, check out this post on Unum’s new WorkWell blog with “5 no-cost or low cost employee perks.” Perks can be things that benefit both the employee and the company.
Speaking of things that benefit everyone, I must admit, I’m terrible about exercising when I travel. But, I ran across this interesting fitness product called FitKit. It’s a customizable case with resistance bands, exercise cards, nutrition tips, etc. The case can include your company logo. They have a travel version so a person could use the FitKit in their hotel room without going to the fitness center.
This service isn’t available everywhere but Manicube offers in-office manicure and barbering services. As much as we want our salon services to be long and relaxing, sometimes we need them to just be fast and good. I could see this being a treat that organizations bring in every once in a while. Everyone loves a good manicure (guys too!)
Oh, and finally, I can’t resist including a fun day that companies can celebrate. March 4 is “Take Your Action Figure to Work Day.” Yes, this is real. Their website says the day is to “celebrate comics, animation, games and everything nerdy and geeky.” Nerdy AND geeky?! I’m in. Have your employees bring in their fave action figure. Take some photos. Bring in lunch. Have some laughs. Sometimes those moments are the best perks of all.
Lucha Libre luchador image taken by Sharlyn Lauby at the local I Love Tacos