The Right Benefits and Perks Can Help Your Employees Make the Most of Summer

Encourage employees to prioritize their work-life balance

For many employees, the last two summers have been anything but normal as they’ve navigated tremendous uncertainty. But this summer shows signs that people have (mostly) returned to life as usual — with plans to travel — despite record gas prices and staggering inflation. As the temperature begins to climb, encouraging employees to make the most of their summer can have countless benefits for them and for the entire workplace. It’s no secret that employees are feeling more burned out now than they have at any other point in modern history. A 2021 Gallup survey found that 58% of workers in the U.S. and Canada reported experiencing chronic stress, compared to 43% of workers across the globe. Thankfully, there are simple ways employers can reduce their employees' work-related discomfort – by allowing more flexibility, offering quality employee incentives, and encouraging employees to use their paid time off. Prioritizing these three simple benefits will help guarantee this summer is one to remember — and for the right reasons.

Allow more flexibility

If employers and employees have had any positive takeaways from the last two pandemic years, it’s that most jobs can be performed just as effectively remote as they can from the confines of the office. Allowing staff to work from home helps them cut down on their daily commute and increases the amount of time available for family and friends.

Summer is also the perfect time to consider half-day Fridays, or even offering the full day off if the business can swing it. Roughly 63% of job seekers state that a healthy work-life balance is one of the top criteria considered when job searching. Thus, encouraging employees to prioritize a healthy work-life balance not only improves the employee’s quality of life but helps improve their job satisfaction and work performance as well.

Show your appreciation

Employees often feel under-appreciated for the work they provide to the company. In fact, 21% of employees report that receiving no appreciation was the leading reason they left their former employer. Tchotchkes and useless knickknacks fail to show the level of appreciation an employer should convey. On the other hand, premium corporate incentives not only show an employer’s appreciation but can also help employees kick off their summer on the right note. There’s no shortage of options to choose from: incentive choices range from a Ricardo Beverly Hills medium check-in bag for jet-setting employees to an Endless Summer LP Fire Pit for the workers who want to enjoy the summer in their own backyard. For smaller gifts with universal appeal, even for the office homebody, the Mr. Bar-B-Q® HERSHEY'S S'mores Caddy and Bose SoundLink Flex Bluetooth® speaker are sure to be major hits. If you’d like to show your employees how much you appreciate them, book an appointment today with a gift advisor from our exclusive gifting partner, Incentive Concepts.

Encourage employees to take time off

Nearly every job comes with some form of paid time off, yet many workers don’t take the time off that they’ve been provided. On average, American workers had nearly five days of unused PTO in 2021. In a lot of cases, employees cite that they don’t use their PTO because they don’t want to inconvenience their coworkers or they’re concerned they’ll be buried in work as soon as they’re back in the office. Employers who encourage their teams to take time off work, instead of creating a culture where using PTO is frowned upon, can expect to see happier, healthier employees. These three tips are just a few of the many simple strategies that can boost employee job satisfaction and ensure your team members get some

much-needed rest this season. By helping your employees prioritize a healthy work-life balance, you can yield high rewards for your workers and for your organization.

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