Humanizing Workforce

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7 Unique Types of Employee Benefits to Offer Hourly Workers

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The average wage for a fast food worker in the U.S. is $12.43, though the federal minimum wage remains at just $7.25/hour. However, many people simply won’t accept the bare minimum. Job seekers want competitive wages, opportunities for growth, and the best employee benefits. Employers must get creative with employee benefits if they want to attract and retain hourly workers.

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Aside from industry standard benefits — medical, life, disability insurance, etc. — here are seven creative types of employee benefits to offer your hourly workers.

1. Sign-on Bonuses

Companies like Papa John’s and McDonald’s have started to offer their hourly workers sign-on bonuses. The food service industry, in particular, is facing record-high turnover rates, so it’s crucial to attract and retain applicants. Employees will get to enjoy the instant gratification of cash in their pocket and will likely be more motivated to stay at your business long-term. It’s a win-win. 

2. Gym Membership Discounts

Encourage your hourly workers to maintain a healthy lifestyle by offering gym membership discounts! Regular exercise can boost employee engagement and productivity. The healthier your hourly workers are, the more likely they will come to work energized and ready to conquer the day. 

3. Scholarship Opportunities

Seeking a degree is costly, so why not reward your hourly workers with free education? Top brands like Taco Bell currently offer exclusive scholarship opportunities for employees. Their Live Más Scholarship will be awarding Taco Bell employees with $7 million in 2021. 

4. Tuition Reimbursement

Approximately 43 million Americans are currently burdened by student loan debt. Some companies, like Chick-fil-A and McDonald’s, have taken it upon themselves to offer their employees tuition assistance or reimbursement. 

So, what is tuition reimbursement? Employers agree to pay a specific amount or percentage of their employees’ higher education for a degree if the employee works a certain amount of hours per week. Usually, the study program relates to their current career, but that is not always a requirement. Offering tuition reimbursement to your hourly workers can benefit your company since your employees are less likely to leave and seek higher wages elsewhere.

5. Workplace Counseling

Stress is inevitable, regardless of the industry you work in. Consider implementing Employee Assistance Program (EAP) benefits such as workplace counseling. This gives them access to therapists who work with employees to reduce stress that could impact employees’ ability to do their job. Workplace counseling aims to provide a healthy environment as it benefits both employers and hourly workers. Employees have a safe, confidential place to discuss problems, solutions, and useful skills, and businesses generally see lower turnover rates, higher employee attendance, and better productivity. 

6. Childcare Services

62% of parents in the U.S. struggle to find childcare so they can support themselves and their family. Additionally, 83% of millennials say they would leave a job for one that provided more family-friendly services like childcare. This employee benefit program is often overlooked or forgotten by employers, so if you have the resources to do so, it would make many parents happy. Plus, childcare services will boost employee recruitment, retention, and attendance.

7. Charitable Donations

Consider making a donation in your hourly worker’s name to a charity of their choice. A Senior Helping Seniors franchise implemented this program to attract more caregivers to their locations, and so can you!

Bonus Benefit: Being Part of a Cohesive Team

In addition to implementing several types of employee benefits, hire individuals who will mesh well and succeed like your best hourly workers! Sprockets’ Applicant Matching System empowers owners and operators to predict applicant success based on the mental makeup of top team members, ultimately reducing costly turnover by 22%! Our AI-powered solution is proven to work and is trusted by top brands like McDonald’s and Taco Bell.

 

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Why Mental Health in the Workplace Matters: What You Need to Know

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It’s easy to get swept up in the numbers, but employers must be able to take a step back and prioritize the well-being of their employees. Mental health is an often-overlooked yet significantly impactful factor in maintaining a happy, healthy, productive team. If you’re feeling anxious, hopeless, or irritable, understand that you are not alone. 1 in 5 adults — approximately 47 million people — struggle with mental health, and those numbers are only increasing. Nearly half of all U.S. workers have been suffering from mental health issues since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. When one’s mental state is unhealthy, it can affect relationships with their family, friends, co-workers, and even customers. Simply put, it’s crucial to promote mental health in the workplace, so read on to learn more and discover ideas for supporting your workforce.  

Mental Health Stigma in the Workplace

Mental health is health. It’s just as important as physical health, and yet, it’s not always taken as seriously as it should be, particularly in the workplace. This can lead to a negative stigma surrounding mental health and well-being. According to Forbes, 62% of workers are afraid to take a mental health day because they’re worried that their employers won’t take them seriously. Many employees also fear that taking a mental health day will make them appear lazy. However, taking a mental health day off is actually one of the best ways to de-stress, relax, and recharge your mind for a more productive workday. 

How to Promote Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace

Studies show there is a clear relationship between job satisfaction and employees’ mental health: “Poor mental health impairs job performance and interpersonal communication… it may have negative effects not only on job satisfaction but also on the safety and quality of services.” 

Additionally, working long hours has a negative effect on mental health and often manifests in severe stress and depression. Unlike physical injuries, you cannot see if a person is hurting on the inside. It’s crucial employers value mental well-being to create a healthy environment. 

Here are a few ways to support mental health in the workplace:

  • Open Discussions 
    • Prioritizing mental well-being is nothing to be ashamed of. As an owner, operator, or manager, start an open discussion with your employees either as a group or during a one on one. Showing that you care about them as a person — not just an employee — will help them feel comfortable taking a mental health day off. 
  • Promote Health Days
    • A traditional “sick day” implies a physical illness, which can create anxiety when an individual needs a mental health day. Instead, some companies have started to promote “health days” to combat this connotation. 
  • Implement Mental Health Awareness Training
    • Understanding the importance of mental health is crucial if you want to create a positive, comfortable company culture. Mental health awareness training for employees, as well as mental health awareness for employers, provides useful tools to manage stress and levels of anxiety and/or depression. In some training, workers learn how to support someone experiencing negative mental health effects. 
  • Offer Access to Mental Health Programs
    • Consider offering your employees access to mental health programs such as an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). An EAP often provides employees with therapy and counseling services at little to no charge. This safe-net can lead to reduced stress and increased productivity in the workplace.

Support Your Employees

Whatever industry you occupy, your employees’ physical and mental well-being play a crucial role in day-to-day success. Mental health in the workplace should not have negative stigma, especially when it comes to your employees. After all, we are only human. Reach out to third parties like Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) if you are especially concerned about a team member.