Good Afternoon -Interested to hear feedback on what you all are seeing in the workplace for soft benefits outside of Wage increasses, holiday pay etc.
Example - I have heard some companies have Jean Fridays, Work Flex Schedules, I even heard in California No Shoes Days in the office. Please share your ideas and thoughts on what is new and innovative that Employers are implementing to retain and attract excellent EEs. Thank you in Advance
Good morning –
We offer a variety of "soft benefits" to our employees. A few of the examples are volunteer time off (16 hours annually), wellness challenges, soda/water/coffee/tea/juice, team lunches, professional development (we have a full LMS and several learning programs) and we make a big deal about anniversaries and birthdays. For anniversaries our CEO or President hand deliver these amazing cookies with a hand written thank you note. For birthdays, we get a cake and send a card from our leadership group plus the employee gets a day off. We are always looking for new ideas so I am interested to hear what others do.
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Example - I have heard some companies have Jean Fridays, Work Flex Schedules, I even heard in California No Shoes Days in the office. Please share your ideas and thoughts on what is new and innovative that Employers are implementing to retain and attract excellent EEs.Thank you in Advance
Hi Traci –
Our social responsibility program allows each team member who is full time receives 16 hour of VTO – Volunteer time off per year to volunteer in the community. We do have a few restrictions on the type of volunteer time and provide some guidelines to help team members. While it is rare that we have denied VTO or an organization, we reserve the right to make sure it is in line with our core values. We track this in our HRIS system for our staff.
To encourage team members to be involved in the communities in which we work and live in our key areas of overcoming poverty, homelessness, and hunger; adult education and literacy; and finding opportunities to help an employee in need. This is a volunteer program and not required of any team member.
What is volunteer time? Volunteer time is time spent helping an approved organization with an event, drive, or volunteering your time to help the organization with its operations. What is not volunteer time? Anytime that is donated or given to an organization that is not an approved organization or that is in the normal course of business such as a job fair at a community partner.
SEEK will provide each full-time team member with 16 hours of VTO – Volunteer time to volunteer at an approved community organization or charity. Part-time team members will receive 8 hours of VTO. This time is awarded on an annual basis. Volunteer time does not roll over to the next anniversary year. Each team member can use the volunteer time in no less than one-hour increments.
Hope this helps! Anyone else have programs similar to this?
Hi Dan –
Great question! We do have a current list of organizations that are preapproved. We work in 21 different markets so many of the organizations could be specific to the individual markets. We ask the employees to submit any organizations that are not on the list and we look and see if they are actual 501c3 non-profits to start or an organization that directly benefits the local community. We try not to too closely scrutinize the organizations but an example of an organization we don't support for volunteer time is the Humane Society – not that it isn't a great organization and one worth volunteering at but it doesn't fit into our categories by our definition. Another request that has come up is being a troop leader for the girl scouts or boy scouts which we determined didn't fit into the categories as we have them defined. We also did deny a request to support Doctors without Borders as well as the organization didn't directly impact the local communities although it is a wonderful organization. We support a wide variety of organizations from churches, Habit for Humanity, LGBT organizations, cultural organizations, JAG, homeless shelters, drug/addiction rehabilitation organizations and countless others. We also did deny a request to support Doctors without Borders as well as the organization didn't directly impact the local communities although it is a wonderful organization. We started with our core values and looked at the organizations that we can support in our local communities that benefit the local communities in one of our categories.
We felt our guidelines needed to be clear and concise but we can also be open to new organizations that are suggested by our team members.
Hopefully that helps!
Hi Traci. Jeans Friday is always a welcome perk. Sometimes in larger groups you can offer flex scheduling, meaning some may want to come in earlier and leave earlier while others prefer to come in later and stay later. We will also bring in a massage therapist several times a year and offer head and shoulder massages for stress relief. We also allow our folks to volunteer for charity work a certain amount of hours without having to take PTO.
Hope that helped.
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