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20 Perks that Matter: Exploring the Benefits that Enhance Job Satisfaction

Photo of Andy Cakebread Andy Cakebread 08 September 2023
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Beyond the salary, job benefits are delightful extras that enhance an employment package, fostering workplace harmony. What's their magic? They make employees feel valued, invigorated, and eager to jump out of bed every morning.

While a competitive salary and occasional long weekends are appreciated, they represent just the tip of the employee satisfaction iceberg. Today’s workforce isn't just window shopping for a paycheck – they're hunting for employers who champion a healthy work-life balance

Happy employees don't just stay for the long haul – they become your company's biggest advocates, showing more enthusiasm than an uncle at a football game! 

Intrigued? Join Thankbox as we dive into the top 20 benefits that are making employers the talk of the town (and have employees doing their happy dances). 

Let’s roll!

What defines a first-rate employee benefit?

Here's what elevates a perk from nice-to-have to a key factor in employee motivation:

  • Employee well-being: Imagine a workplace where every aspect of a healthy work-life balance is front-and-centre. Such a place doesn't just see you for your role but values you as an individual. 

  • Productivity: Ever noticed how a simple “thank you” can boost staff happiness? When employees feel valued and appreciated, they're more motivated to perform at their best.

  • Perceived value vs. real value: Picture this: A golden coin that's chocolate inside. Looks valuable, but is it? That's the difference between perks that merely sound fancy and those that make a difference in your day-to-day life.

Building a benefits package with these considerations means you attract, retain, and fully support a satisfied workforce. When team members receive the right perks, there's no limit to what they can achieve.

Thankbox smiling sun icon Raise your appreciation and gratitude game now

You can give an immediate boost to team dynamics and bonds by recognising someone's stellar contribution. It takes seconds to create your Thankbox recognising and invite the team to add their personal appreciation.

The top 20 benefits that supercharge employee happiness

Gone are the days when “people don’t leave jobs, they leave managers” was the whole story. Now, people might also pack their bags due to uninspiring benefits. Let’s take a look at the perks of redefining happiness at work: 

1. Elevate employee recognition with Thankbox 

With its chic group greeting e-cards, Thankbox offers a unique platform to celebrate accomplishments and congratulations. This collective recognition nurtures an environment of respect, so your team's hard work never goes unnoticed.

Thankbox Thank You Card Sample

With its array of messages, GIFs, photos, and videos, Thankbox takes personalisation to another level. As one of our customers, Hamish, aptly says, “The whole process works so smoothly.

2. Put employees in the driver's seat with Thankbox gift cards

While verbal appreciation has its place, tangible rewards often resonate deeper. Thankbox allows team members to contribute towards a gift card from over 700 global retailers such as Amazon and John Lewis

Thankbox digital gift cards process

For your crew, it’s more than just a gift card – it's a recognition of their hard work.

3. Flexible work schedules

A flexible schedule allows employees to find a balance that suits their personal and professional lives, ultimately leading to increased satisfaction, decreased stress, and a more harmonious work-life balance.

4. Remote work opportunities

Offering remote work opportunities shows you’re stepping into the future, particularly as nearly 30% of employees have adapted to a hybrid model. More than that, it showcases trust, granting autonomy that can lead to increased motivation.

5. Health and wellness programmes

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Benefits like gym memberships and meditation sessions underscore the significance of physical and mental well-being. By promoting these avenues, you’re emphasising that you value their health and not just their performance.

6. Professional development

Professional development and training pave the way for employees to grow, evolve, and refine their skills. These opportunities are a clear indication of your investment in their future.

7. Generous paid time off (PTO)

In today's high-stress work environments, providing generous PTO is paramount. Offering ample time off allows workers to rest, recharge, and rejuvenate so they return to work motivated and ready to go.

8. Childcare benefits

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Childcare benefits, whether in the form of on-site childcare facilities or financial assistance, support employees in their dual roles as professionals and parents. This is a step in the right direction in securing job satisfaction.

9. Mental health support

Companies that prioritise mental health (via services like counselling and educational workshops) recognise the all-around needs of their team members. Such support systems encourage a supportive work environment where unity is the goal.

10. Free or discounted meals

The way to an employee's heart might just be through their stomach! Providing free or discounted meals encourages team bonding and influences staff morale.

11. Casual dress code

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A casual dress code encourages team members to express their unique styles so your workplace doesn't feel like a monotonous sea of uniforms. 

12. Regular team-building activities

Team rapport and a collaborative work environment go hand-in-hand. With regular team-building events, companies establish a sense of camaraderie and teamwork.

13. Travel perks

Travel perks are ideal for those bitten by the travel bug or looking to broaden their horizons. Offering discounts, organising company retreats, or presenting travel opportunities as rewards act as super motivation.

14. Subscription services

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Whether it's access to industry-related magazines, essential software tools, or music streaming services, these subscriptions cater to professional development and personal enjoyment.

15. Pet-friendly workspaces

For many, pets are family. 

Recognising this, companies allow employees to bring their furry friends to work. This alleviates the worries of pet owners and introduces an atmosphere of warmth and playfulness.

16. Transform their space

A top-tier workspace isn't just about location – it's about equipping your team with the best tools for success. A lagging computer or outdated software can impede their efficiency, leading to frustration and dwindling productivity.

17. Office parties

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Office parties rejuvenate spirits and encourage spontaneous idea-sharing. Investing in such celebrations enhances company culture while emphasising the balance between work and fun.

18. Daily wellness refreshments

Daily wellness refreshments like complimentary tea, coffee, snacks, and water enhance employees' energy and concentration. Additionally, it shows your commitment to their day-to-day well-being.

19. Diversity programmes

By establishing diversity programs, companies highlight their commitment to creating company values where every individual feels seen and empowered. 

20. Incentive-driven bonuses

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Offering performance bonuses creates a link between efforts and tangible rewards. These bonuses recognise hard work and tap into dedication.

Explore the perks that matter with Thankbox

Top-tier benefits in the workplace signify an organisation's genuine investment in its employees, leading to heightened morale, improved retention, and first-rate productivity.

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And in the age of personalisation, a unique touch like Thankbox can set an employer apart. As companies strive to enhance job satisfaction, embracing solutions like this is a step in the right direction. 

For a perfect way to convey gratitude and foster team spirit, create a Thankbox today!

Thankbox smiling sun icon Raise your appreciation and gratitude game now

You can give an immediate boost to team dynamics and bonds by recognising someone's stellar contribution. It takes seconds to create your Thankbox recognising and invite the team to add their personal appreciation.

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