There’s a common (and ill-informed) belief that if you want employees to be more engaged, productive, and generally more involved in the workplace, you should offer them more money. While money can be a great source of motivation for some, it isn’t for all.
Enter soft benefits. Soft benefits transform workplaces in several different ways. They foster a culture of trust, open communication, and, you guessed it, productivity. As an employer, this means you must emphasize soft benefits to employees and offer a wide range of benefits that fall into this category. In this article, we’ll discuss some of these soft benefits and their impact on employee productivity.
What are Soft Benefits?
Soft benefits are non-monetary benefits that may include flexible work hours, employee recognition, and wellness programs, among others. These are benefits employers rely on when they want to recognize employees for their work or to promote personal growth.
Typically, large businesses suffer when it comes to soft benefits because they’re unable to focus on the trust-building exercises and interpersonal communication required to inspire meaningful change in employees and as an organizational whole. However, small businesses, such as yours, enjoy a much more pronounced ability to utilize soft benefits to your advantage.
How Do Soft Benefits Affect Employee Productivity?
Employee satisfaction and work productivity are two of the most pronounced effects to expect when you focus on soft benefits as part of your organization.
For example, employees at smaller businesses rate their companies as high functioning, express that they feel respected while at work, and are able to work at home on occasion. This last point is particularly important because workplace flexibility, meaning the ability to work from home or work flexible hours, is a soft benefit that continues to grow in popularity (whether companies offer it or not).
Likewise, soft benefits bring positivity to an office. In many workplaces, employees aren’t recognized for tasks they do well or accomplishments. By making soft benefits such as this a part of your program, you can ensure employees feel valued and remain productive and motivated to work.
Soft Benefits are Important, But so are Hard Benefits
Although soft benefits play a major role in employee productivity, you can’t ignore the importance of hard benefits, such as healthcare benefits, either. And, when you want these benefits to remain visible and accessible to your employees, you should turn to Flock.
Flock is the human resource management system that centralizes employee benefits and makes them visible to employees 24/7. It also supports your soft benefit initiatives too with social networking tools that will help you recognize employees and ensure your entire office knows about it.
If you’re interested in getting Flock (and for free), sign up today! Managing both your hard and soft benefits has never been easier.
Tell us about your business: Do you utilize soft benefits to engage your workforce? If so, which do you find most effective? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments!