Your employees are assets who contribute to your company’s success. As with any other asset, you should take care of them. Even the little, unexpected things you do for them matters. These things show that you value your employees. And, employees who feel appreciated are more likely to go above and beyond their expected duties.
Think outside the wage and benefits box and look for other ways to support your employees in the work they do for you. This may mean taking responsibility for job related expenses that they’ve been paying. Why not pick up the tab? Here are six things you should be paying for, not your employees.
Transportation Costs When Employees Work Late
Do you pay transportation costs when your employees work late? If not, you should. This is particularly true if your employees take the bus, the subway, a cab, or an Uber home. You might think, “Hey, they were going to pay for themselves to get home anyway, so why should I pay for the ride?”
What you should be thinking is that it’s more than a ride. Remember that they are working for you after hours. And, that might mean that their spouse or partner is picking up the slack at home. This small generosity will go a long way toward making your employees happier and more willing to put in late hours.
Professional Training and Certification
Successful companies invest in the professional development of their employees. Whether or not you require a certain level of professional training or a specific certification, you should take care of the expense. Besides, what they learn will ultimately benefit the entire organization. You’ll have employees that are better qualified to handle their current responsibilities. Also, you’ll have a bigger talent pool to draw from when you need to fill leadership positions.
Membership Dues for Professional Organizations
Much like paying for professional training and certification, it’s important for you to pay your employees’ membership dues for professional organizations. This is especially true if your employees are already paying them out of their own pocket. When you step in to pay membership dues, you’re showing your employees that you support their growth as a professional. And, you can count on their membership paying off for the organization.
Food — Lunch and Snacks
Providing food has always been a way to show people that you care. Why not extend that courtesy in your office? If you’re holding an informal meeting in the office, provide snacks. If the meeting will take place during the lunch hour, cater it with a variety of healthy food. If your employees are working through dinner, pay for their meal.
One ongoing way you can satisfy your employees with food is to invest in a daily lunch program. When you offer lunch as a benefit, you’re creating a culture that values your employees. They appreciate it because they don’t have to pack a lunch or spend lots of money each month at fast food restaurants. Remember, the best way to an employee’s heart is through their stomach.
Mobile Phone Bill
We live in a connected world. In this world, it’s often expected that employees will be accessible around the clock. Whether it’s after work hours or on the weekend, employees are increasingly handling work matters by text or by phone conversations. If you haven’t provided them with a mobile phone, then they are using their own phone to conduct business. This is an easy one. You should be paying their mobile phone bill.
If you have employees that work from home, you’re saving lots of money in operating costs related to those employees not being in the office. For example, you don’t have to pay for a workspace for them. And, you don’t have to pay for their share of workplace consumables.
Why should you be the one who benefits financially from telecommuting while your employees shoulder work-related costs such as their Internet service? When your employees work from home, they are using their Internet service to connect to your office and communicate with others while they do their job. Clearly, this is a business expense that you should be paying for, even if you only pay a portion.
By paying these expenses, you’re showing your employees that you care about them. Don’t put the burden on them to ask you to pay these expenses. Volunteer to pay them. You’ll be making your employees happy while you also benefit. Happy employees are more productive, have better morale, and they are likely to stay around longer. And remember, you can deduct these expenses when tax time rolls around.