September 27, 2016
As an employer, the question is not whether or not you should offer perks to your employees. The question is which perks should you offer to get the best result. The thing to remember is that everyone is different. What motivates one person may be meaningless to the next person. Knowing the most requested perks is helpful. But it’s not everything.
There are plenty of things people would trade a bigger salary for. Some would prefer a gym membership; others would prefer free meals. Still others have flex-time at the top of their list. But in general, what most people want is to feel appreciated and valued at their job. Is that so much to ask?
Here are a few perks that might be able to sway some qualified employees in your direction:
Cases and Screen Protectors
There are only two models of iPhone 7: the 4.7″ and the 5.5″ 7+. The iPhone 6 and 6s models did not change case size year over year. So if your office notably leans towards the iPhone, a few cases and screen protectors could go a long way in fostering trust.
Keep a few extras in the junk drawer of the office. While you’re at it, toss in a few of those tempered glass screen protectors. Cases are available for any smart phone you have, for example the Galaxy S3 cover. These are not only welcome, they aid morale and performance in the long-term.
A person whose phone is protected from workplace mishaps will have one less reason to take a half a day off waiting in line for a Genius appointment at the Apple store.
Subsidized Cellular Bill
The actual device is the least expensive thing about owning a smartphone. It’s not the hardware you have to budget for. It’s the monthly bill from your provider. Even budget providers have fees that add up to real money.
If you expect your employees to be on call, read your emails, or deal with corporate chat when they are away from the office, it is only reasonable that you pay for at least some portion of their bill.
If you are going to provide some kind of cellular subsidy, you should determine which carrier has the cheapest cell phone plan. If you want to be able to reach them regardless of where they live, you might care more about which has the most reliable service.
If you are providing the phone, you have some say in the carrier. But if it is a BYOD program, you have to subsidize whatever service the person brings to the table. How much of the bill you pay is up to you. It doesn’t have to be the entire bill, but it has to be enough to be considered a valuable perk. A person may think twice about leaving a company that is paying the phone bill.
One of the best perks for your office full of mobile accomplishes is some type of extended warranty for their expensive hardware. A lot of people buy expensive smartphones and laptops in the US. But few pick up an extended warranty. There are some problems that cases and screen protectors can’t eliminate. Some even question whether it is worth it.
The answer is that it’s never worth it when you don’t need it, and always worth it when you do. It is the kind of thing a person may not buy for themselves. But will always appreciate it when it is presented as a gift, or a perk.
The best perk you can give your road warriors is a choice of equipment. No Windows user will appreciate being forced to use a Mac. And no iPhone user wants any part of Android.
If a new laptop or smartphone comes with the job, and free cases, cell service, or extended warranty is not on offer, you can still win the day by offering multiple options. At the end of the day, that may be the most important and welcomed perk you can offer.
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