You shouldn't be just a number at work

SPONSORED: Businesses can't use a one-size-fits-all approach to show they care, but a simple 'thank you' can go a long way.

by Ian Wylie
Last Updated: 16 Dec 2014

Richard Branson is letting Virgin staff take as much holiday as they want, while parking app JustPark also offers its staff 'infinite holidays'. How does your company show it cares? By providing you with proper coffee, dragon boat racing, showers at work, bike storage, car washes... or the flexibility to create your own work-life balance?

MT readers have spoken, sharing their views and insights with us via social media last week on the employee engagement methods that work for them - and those that fall flat.

In a previous piece of research MT conducted with Unum, our readers told us that the top employee benefits a company can odder are flexible working (71%), pension (51%) & income protection (41%). But last week’s debate suggests employers should not adopt a one-size-fits-all approach, but be prepared to treat their employees as individuals and seek out what motivates and engages them.

And it needn’t cost money either (or much anyway) - one reader tweeted, 'Surprising how often basics are forgotten: thanking & recognising colleagues is very powerful', while another commented, 'Relaxed dress policy, free tea & coffee & the odd free lunch are appreciated'. Sometimes, then, it's the little things at work that matter.

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