12 Ideas to Attract and Keep Employees


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The job market is very competitive and one of the more challenging tasks a business owner deals with. Finding and keeping the right employee takes time and ultimately, it’s costly. But the cost of not getting the right employee or losing the one you’ve recruited, trained, and invested in, is even more costly. By offering some attractive perks you can significantly enhance your ability to attract and retain employees and create a more appealing work environment.  Here are some common perks companies are offering to their employees:

  1. Flexible Work Arrangements:
  • Remote work options
  • Flexible hours or compressed workweeks
  • Telecommuting or hybrid work models
  1. Health and Wellness:
  • Comprehensive health insurance plans
  • Wellness programs, fitness memberships, or gym subsidies
  • Mental health resources and counseling services
  1. Professional Development:
  • Opportunities for skill development and career advancement
  • Reimbursement for continuing education, workshops, or certifications
  • Mentorship and coaching programs
  1. Work-Life Balance:
  • Paid time off (vacation, sick leave, personal days)
  • Paid parental leave for both mother and father
  • Family-friendly policies and childcare support
  1. Financial Benefits:
  • Competitive salary and performance-based bonuses
  • Retirement plans, such as 401(k) matching
  • Stock options or equity participation
  1. Employee Recognition:
  • Regular performance recognition and awards
  • Employee of the month/year programs
  • Public acknowledgment of achievements
  1. Casual and Fun Atmosphere:
  • Casual dress code or themed dress-up days
  • Company outings, team-building activities, and social events
  • Game rooms, lounges, or relaxation spaces
  1. Food and Beverage Perks:
  • On-site cafes, snack bars, or fully stocked kitchens
  • Catered lunches or regular team meals
  • Coffee, tea, and refreshment stations
  1. Transportation Support:
  • Commuter benefits or transportation subsidies
  • Bike storage, showers, or facilities for active commuters
  • Remote work allowances to offset commuting costs
  1. Employee Assistance Programs:
  • Counseling services for personal and work-related issues
  • Legal assistance or financial counseling services
  • Educational programs for dealing with life events and stressors
  1. Volunteering and Community Engagement:
  • Paid time off for service-oriented activities
  • Company-sponsored volunteer initiatives
  • Partnerships with local nonprofits for community involvement
  1. Technology and Tools:
  • Quality equipment and software for work tasks
  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs
  • Reimbursement for personal device upgrades

These ideas and not something you have to implement all at once. Consider two or three perks you can implement each year. Remember, the best perks will align with your company’s culture, values, and the preferences of your employees. Seeking feedback from employees can also ensure that the perks you offer meet their needs. By implementing just a few perks a year, you can keep your company competitive in the job market.