Your employees are your most valuable asset and reminding them how good they are and how much you appreciate what they do, can make a huge difference to your business. Giving praise to your staff is easy and free, but there are a few other things you can do to make sure your employees feel valuable, increase motivation and ultimately increase productivity.

Review Staff Benefits

If you are a small business, then providing extra money based benefits isn’t always easy but introducing rewards such as gift vouchers, a team lunch or even a spa treatment for over performance can help motivate your employees. Review your existing staff benefits to see if you can make any changes or enhancements. Speak to your staff to see what benefits are important to them or would make a difference to them. An extra day off for their birthday, a duvet day a year or just an extra days holiday could go a long way in making people feel happier!

Workplace Wellbeing

A happy workforce is a productive workforce, so creating a focus on the wellbeing of your staff is important. Have a look at your office space. Do you staff have the correct equipment to make sure they are comfortable at their desks. Are their computer screens at the right height? Are they sitting comfortably? It’s always worth getting an expert in to check these kinds of things and to give the staff advice on how to set up their workstations to make sure they reduce any stress on their bodies.

Eating Well

The New Year often sees people making a resolution to eat more healthily so why not introduce a fruit Friday! Providing fresh fruit or healthy snacks for staff as well as fruit juice is something many businesses now do to promote a healthier lifestyle and better physical wellbeing.

Flexible Working

We’ve talked about this many times and it’s the number one perk employees want after salary, pension and bonuses, so it is definitely worth considering if this is something you may be able to offer your employees in the year ahead. Flexible working isn’t just letting people work from home. You can read more about the different types of flexible working in our What Exactly Is Flexible Working? blog.