14 Affordable Employee Perks

By: Julie-Anne

Office Life

Flexible Working Hours

Flexi-time has become increasingly popular, with many employers offering workers the opportunity to complete their usual hours when they wish, often during a set time period, such as between 7am - 7pm. This act can have a big impact on a person’s work-life balance and the cost is minimal, generally just being any extra electricity costs.

Standing Desks

Sitting on a desk all day for five days a week isn’t good for the back, and as such standing desks are becoming popular. Not only is it better for people to have periods standing, but it can also help improve productivity and boost energy.

Food and Drink


In many offices free soft and hot drinks are standard, and it’s not unusual to find a communal fruit bowl. This low cost snack station keeps hunger at bay and promotes healthy eating; and for those with more of a sweet tooth it can always be substituted with occasional sweet treats.

Team Lunches

Once a month, or quarter, give your team a small budget for a meal out. Going for a group lunch or dinner on the company can boost morale and help strengthen relationships between colleagues as they get to socialize in a different setting.

Catered Meetings

Breakfast or lunch meetings sometimes can’t be helped, so why not make the most of them and give your employees a bit of a boost by providing coffee & croissants or bagels? As well as being a cool perk, it can add a social aspect to an office meeting.

Recognizing Individuals

Desk Allowances

Give your employees a small budget to decorate their desks. Whether they choose to buy a photo frame to catch glimpses of their loved ones during the working day, a ornament of some kind, or even a gadget such as a miniature table golf set, it will allow them to add some personality to their workspace.

Secure Discounts

Many local businesses are aware that they need to compete for business, and this could be an opportunity to o er your employees a discount. They may ask for a reciprocal discount, but it’s often worth it and can be a nice way to help out your business community, while at the same time benefitting your employees.

Employees Awards

Recognition can go a long way to making people feel appreciated and valued. Whether you choose to praise their deeds and hard work with words and certificates, or something more substantial like vouchers is up to you and your budget.

Seasonal Treats

Ramadan Timings

Some employees may wish to start work earlier or work through their lunch break so they can leave work earlier in order to break their fast at home. Employers may also wish to consider offering remote working in case an employee is faced with a long commute to work.

Summer Treats

The summer can be a good time to indulge in everything the season brings with it, particularly the excuse to eat ice cream. Treat your employees to some ice cream at the office or a fruit popsicle on those hot summer afternoons.

Birthday Vacation

Giving employees an extra day’s vacation during the week of their birthday can be a thoughtful bonus. Individuals tend to really value vacation time, and giving them the extra day can help boost morale.

Birthday Celebration

Bringing in a cake and some banners for their birthday can also be an inexpensive way to celebrate while at work. Little touches like these can help to make your employees feel valued and recognized, and sharing it with colleagues can be good for building good social connections in the work place.

Fun and Wellbeing

Massage Chair

Purchasing a massage chair can be a great way to help your employees relax. Keeping the chair in a communal area will allow all employees to have the opportunity to take a break and have a relaxing massage.

Games Room

A break room can be a great place for employees to unwind and get a change of scenery. You can provide your employees with anything from board games, a dartboard, or a mini football table or tennis table. Watch them enjoy their lunch breaks more than ever and come back energized to work.

Exercise Classes

Putting on anything from lunchtime yoga classes to post-work running clubs can be a great way to help employees become more active and is quite cost effective. All that’s needed are willing participants, and in some cases an instructor, who can be somebody internal or you can hire a professional on an hourly basis.

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