3 Creative Benefits to Offer Your Remote Employees Today

In the modern working world, being a remote employee is becoming increasingly common.

Some estimate that by 2020 more than 75% of workers will be freelance workers.

With this shift in the paradigm comes a plethora of responsibilities for an employer to meet with intrepid creativity and innovation.

If you are a remote business owner, you can’t always be there to help your employees with distractions, distractions like the allure of the new smartphone.

So how do you as an employer keep your team on task and motivated?

How about offering benefits that enhance their productivity and wellness?

These three benefits may seem like small things to offer, but they make a big difference for employees:

1: Flexibility

Remote workers want more flexibility and this means they need to be able to work from home.

This is often a huge benefit for employers since it allows them to save money on office space and reduces risk the staff members getting sick from being in close contact with co-workers.

Offering this benefit to more than one of your employees allows you to get the most bang for your buck.

For example, if you have an employee that is sick often (after all, who doesn’t these days?) then getting him or her into a healthier environment may help them avoid illness more often.

And it will save you more money on medical costs.

2: Wellness Programs:

Offering wellness programs is less common for good reason; it is very expensive and time consuming to set up and the company culture may not be ready for it yet.

However, if you are already offering the flexibility of remote working, then this may be something you want to offer.

Offering wellness programs can improve employee health and happiness, making them more productive in both their work time and in their life outside of work.

The benefits for the employer are that it helps them avoid higher healthcare costs and turnover rates by providing an environment for their employees that attracts happier employees with lower stress levels.

3: Provide Compelling Reward Systems

As mentioned before, you will probably need to downsize or even get rid of your office in order to accommodate these benefits.

Employees who feel recognized for their good work tend to yield over 20% higher productivity, which is critical in a time where so many professionals have felt isolated and disengaged.

Even if you already have a rewards or recognition system in place, there’s a good chance that this system will need to be updated in order to translate to a fully remote workforce.

This means you’ll have to reconsider what employees want to be recognized for as they work from home, and how you can go about rewarding them.