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5 Employee Perks that Can Cause HR Problems
Posted by Insightlink on 08/29/18
We’ve all heard the crazy stories about the work environments of tech giants like Google or Facebook, which are noted for offering extravagant employee perks. From “nap pods” to on-site gyms, and even company-managed apartments and laundry facilities, there seems to be no limit to what companies will do in order to keep their workforce happy and engaged.
Though undoubtedly a much-needed innovation in recruiting and productivity, remote work isn’t right for everyone. It can be easy for employees to take advantage of this system if organizations don’t have the proper processes in place to track productivity or workflow reporting. Establishing accountability protocols, scheduling live check-ins and integrating project management and scheduling software can all help to keep employees on track, no matter where they’re working.
This all-inclusive package can even combine living spaces with new offices to create a college campus vibe to attract younger applicants. This is especially prevalent in the tech industry. Prime examples include Google as well as Oracle’s Class Of program — CEO Mark Hurd recently unveiled luxury campus apartments catering to recent college grads.
As fun as an on-demand office may seem, it can create an “always-on” culture. Employees may feel like they can never get away from work. This can increase stress or resentment and lead to higher turnover rates. Additionally, companies that attempt to influence the emotional health and productivity of their employees by designing the workspace as a kind of playground are often criticized for infantilizing their workers. It’s important to take into account a company’s specific needs and organizational structure rather than try to mimic that of another simply because of their perceived success.
Distractions can occur in any work setting, but they are much harder to curb in an open floor plan office. Along with the potential risk of low productivity, open offices could be a tough sell for those concerned with privacy and germs. Addressing this could be as simple as regrouping pieces of furniture to create a sense of flow, or incorporating green elements like indoor plants or recycled glass accents in order to break up a monotonous texture palette.
In many cases, simply offering health insurance is not enough — taking a more proactive approach to healthcare is critical to retaining a happy, productive workforce. One way to keep employees from falling into poor health is to ingrain a collective awareness of best practices, whether that entails providing a health coach on a semi-regular basis or launching a hands-on companywide program featuring various motivational or competitive events.
In short, a comprehensive benefits package is by far the most alluring factor for any job candidate. If these amenities aren’t managed properly, however, companies run the risk of unintentionally hindering their own success by simultaneously sabotaging their workforce.
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