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Employee Benefits Policies Your Business Should Provide

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A new job or a career change may be the way to go for some of your staff this year so how are you going to retain them? Staff resignations are not just distracting they’re costly. It’s common knowledge that hiring new employees is more expensive than the cost of staff retention strategies, and more so with specialist roles in niche areas that are hard to fill. Therefore a recommendation to employers is to start each new year reviewing and tweaking their company perks and benefits.

In an employee’s job package, the salary or wages are the most crucial factor in both acquisition and retention however, it’s not the only consideration. Even with an above-average salary the job can be hard to fill as workers want more from the job and the company.

For example, work-life balance plays a significant role in job assessment and indeed careers. For example in the professions becoming a doctor seems glamourous but that’s just the perception of the position from what is presented in TV medical dramas like ER and Grey’s Anatomy. Of course, a physician’s job in a hospital a lot more than chats with patients, peers and support staff and groundbreaking procedures! Therefore all posts have an element of monotony and what entices workers to stay in the role is their place of work, the company culture, and the perks and benefits.

Reviewing your employee perks and benefits every year is advisable, and in some industries every six months, you can check how competitive your employee packages (salary and perks) fair in your industry and region. Your company is likely to need exclusive perks that are the USPs for your staff retention as well as the generic benefits like paid leave, insurances and bonuses. Here are a few of the more apparent perks employees expect as part of their employment package.

Insurances

There are a few different types of insurance offered to employees, including life, health and also disability. The disability insurance is commonly considered a policy that can provide ultimate peace of mind should you become incapacitated and not able to fulfil your role. It’s big business too, with many large companies like Aetna providing the insurance to millions of workers in America. However, it’s not a given that a claim will be approved and when a claim is denied, it’s a lengthy appeal process that requires legal representation. Therefore it’s the employer’s role to select an insurer with a great reputation as your employees will likely know if the provider is hard to deal with when injuries happen. Other types of insurance are more straightforward but nonetheless need inclusion like life insurance.

Maternity And Paternity Leave

Regardless of how large your business is, your employees should be granted adequate maternity and paternity leave as part of their basic contracts. Even though this type of leave may seem somewhat standard, countless businesses opt not to offer employees maternity and paternity leave which often results in unplanned absences. You can adjust the terms of leave to suit both your business and your employees, although, it would be a devastating mistake to avoid offering this crucial employee benefit.

Limitations For Employees Paid Overtime

You may feel that your employees are happy to clock in as much overtime as possible as they are paid for their efforts, however, risking employee burnout can be devastating for both your business and your employees. For this reason, you should consider the well-being of each member of your team by capping the amount of overtime each member of your team is allowed to clock. Your limitation on overtime should allow your employees to rest adequately to ensure they can function at their best at all times.

Performance Bonuses

Even though you may feel somewhat reluctant to offer your employees’ performance bonuses as a benefit, the effort will pay off greatly as this benefit will also serve as a method of enhancing employee motivation and productivity. Your employee will also feel appreciated as their extra efforts are rewarded, which means there will be little chance of your valued staff packing up their workspace to take their skills elsewhere. There are countless benefits associated with treating employees fairly, which is why you should start by drafting suitable contracts that will appeal to your team. Your employees are the backbone of your business, and therefore, they should be treated with as much appreciation and respect as possible.

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