Looking for effective ways to boost employee morale and work satisfaction within your business? From starting new company initiatives to offering simple enrichment options, these are a few of the things we've implemented at the NBF office to help keep our employees healthy and happy.


1. Gym Membership Reimbursement

Studies show that healthy employees take fewer sick days and cost businesses less in healthcare expenses over time. As such, doesn't it make sense to do anything you can to ensure your employees are making healthy choices both in and out of the office? Most people want to stay in shape, but they may be deterred by the high cost of health clubs. Your business can help push employees in the right direction by offering reimbursement for gym memberships and the purchase of at-home workout equipment. It's up to your business to decide what percentage of the cost to reimburse, but whatever you decide to offer will surely assist in pushing employees toward the path to better health.


2. Personal Enrichment Benefits

Similar to reimbursing health club benefits, you may want to consider a personal enrichment benefit wherein the company pays for a certain percentage of personal materials. What types of materials you cover may vary, but good options include technology such as laptops and computer software as well as tuition reimbursement for classes employees may wish to take to expand their horizons. Offering personal enrichment options such as these can have benefits to your business such as higher learning opportunities directly related to the individual's role within your company; however, the goal with this type of benefit should simply be to show the employee that your business cares about his or her personal wellbeing and happiness outside the office.


3. Biometric Testing & Onsite Health Analysis

Kickstart your employees' healthier lifestyle by offering biometric testing and a complimentary health analysis onsite. By offering these benefits in the convenience of your own office, you increase the chance employees will take part in it. Knowing is half the battle, so encouraging employees to learn more about their health and any risks they may be facing will set them on the path to making better choices. If you want to add a little more incentive, offer a drawing with a couple of big prizes for any employee who participates to be entered into upon participation.


4. Volunteering Opportunities

Start a volunteer program at your office! Not only is volunteering beneficial to your community, but it's great for you and your employees too. Work-sponsored volunteer events foster a sense of collaboration and teamwork between employees, allowing your staff to get to know their coworkers while accomplishing a task that they can feel good about. Want to start a volunteering program at your office? Learn how to start and employee volunteer program with these simple tips.


5. Employee Recognition Programs

Everyone wants to be recognized for their hard work, so make sure you're giving credit where credit is due. There are numerous methods for accomplishing this, including anniversary parties and public recognition, so you'll need to choose the option that works best for your business or individual team. At NBF, we've been using the Fish Philosophy for years. We have many recognition programs in place, including denim day passes that employees can hand to one another, a weekly fish pond drawing, anniversary celebrations and more.


What perks does your business offer employees? Share your thoughts and tips in the comments below!


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