benefitsEmployee benefits can be struggle for small business owners.  The financial responsibility for providing health insurance alone can be overwhelming if you have more than a few employees.  It’s time to think outside the box and come up with benefits that will create a positive environment and motivated employees.

Provide vacation time, generous salaries and bonuses Employees need to feel appreciated and valued. Always be on the lookout for ways to show you appreciate them and their hard work. Some ideas are to send handwritten notes on their birthdays and on their work anniversary. If they are going above and beyond the normal duties recognize them at a staff meeting.  Your employees are valuable assets and representatives of your company. Make sure they understand that, and know that you value their work and their involvement.

Offer flexible work schedule Offering a flexible schedule can decrease employee’s stress levels and also help to became more efficient and productive. Employees with more flexibility feel empowered and may even work harder. The business environment is a very critical part to running a successful small business. When employees are happy the whole office feels like a family environment and will be more productive.