80+ employee benefits ideas for 2024
Last updated November 2023
Written in collaboration with Alexia Rhodes and the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter
If you’re looking for creative and motivating employee perks and benefits ideas (that your teams will actually love!) – you’ve landed in the perfect place.
With help from our partners over at the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter, we’ve pulled together an ultimate list of benefits, perks and rewards for you to consider building into your employee packages in 2024.
Let’s get into it!
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The importance of employee perks and benefits
Employee benefits are an incredible way to both attract and retain talent, contribute to enhancing wellbeing, and incentivise desired behaviours, accomplishments, and skills.
Beyond the obvious boost to morale, retention and job satisfaction, recent studies underscore the powerful impact that benefits and perks can have on your organisation’s success…
- Employees who are satisfied with their pay and benefits are 13% more likely to continue working for their current employer for 3 or more years (Qualtrics, 2023)
- 83% of organisations believe their benefits package has a positive impact on worker productivity (Aflac, 2023)
- Incredibly, 1 in 10 workers would happily take a pay cut to have access to better benefits and perks (Forbes, 2023)
Leave-related benefits and perks
What most successful organisations realise is that people have lives outside of the office – and they support their people professionally and personally.
By offering leave-related benefits and perks (over and above the statutory minimums) you will contribute positively towards wellbeing, and the ability to rest and recharge, ensuring employees return to work energised and motivated – all while feeling genuinely supported and cared for as people rather than just workers.
(Where there are statutory items listed, these indicate an enhanced offering over and above what is required by law. All other leave refers to paid time off rather than unpaid leave.)
- Carer’s leave
- Compassionate leave
- Day off on the first day an employee’s child starts school
- Fertility treatment leave
- Fostering, adoption and surrogacy leave
- Gender reassignment leave
- Grandparent leave
- Maternity, paternity and shared parental leave
- Menstruation, endometriosis and menopause leave
- Miscarriage or pregnancy loss leave
- Neonatal leave
- Option to sell or buy leave each year
- Option to work on bank holidays and have time off elsewhere
- ‘Pawternity’ or new pet leave
- Pet bereavement leave
- Relocation leave
- Separation or divorce leave
- Shield days – employee can take a day off for emergencies (e.g. broken boiler)
- Special leave (e.g. special occasions, birthdays or anniversaries)
- Unlimited annual leave
- Volunteer days
- Wedding & honeymoon leave
- Wellbeing or mental health days
- Weekly time off for personal development
Financial-related benefits and perks
Financial-related perks are so much more than just about money. They offer financial security, reduce stress and distractions, and even improve overall employee wellbeing because of the stability it can bring to employees’ lives.
- Car mileage allowance
- Working from home office allowance
- Discounted childcare
- Pre-retirement planning
- Early retirement options
- Earned wage access
- Emergency savings matched contributions
- Employee share schemes
- Financial wellbeing and advice support
- Shopping vouchers
- Give as you earn schemes
- Hardship loans
- Income protection insurance
- Interest free loans
- Life assurance/ insurance
- Vacation allowance
- Private healthcare for employee and/or family
- Personal accident insurance
- Pet insurance
- Doggy day-care or pet allowance
- Profit sharing with employees
- Relocation expenses
- Season travel tickets
- Special occasion financial gift (e.g. marriage, birth of child, length of service etc.)
Sustainability-related benefits and perks
Sustainability-related perks can be really appealing to employees as they create a sense of purpose. These perks, such as eco-friendly initiatives or green benefits, not only demonstrate corporate responsibility but also empower employees to make environmentally conscious choices.
- Additional paid leave each year if employee minimises carbon footprint when going on holiday(e.g. by using land or sea instead of air travel).
- Bee keeping and company hives
- Car sharing schemes
- Cycle to work scheme
- Discounts on home insulations
- Electric vehicle salary sacrifice schemes
- Free or discounted bike repairs
- Free or discounted bike safety equipment
- Net zero pensions
- On site electric car charging points
- On site safe bike storage
- Sewing, DIY and up-cycling classes
- Employee swap shops and/or local charity donations
Miscellaneous benefits and perks
And finally – miscellaneous benefits that will simply make your employees feel good and make their lives easier!
- Supporting employee side hustles
- Local co-working space access for dispersed employees
- Career coaching and mentoring
- Charitable matching for raising money
- Contribution towards learning a new personal skill (e.g. playing the piano, learning a language, driving lessons)
- Access to counselling (e.g. career, financial or personal)
- Discounts on company goods or services
- Free or discounted breakfasts, snacks, or lunches in the office
- Free or discounted treatments (e.g. massage, reflexology, manicures, chiropractor)
- Free or discounted use of company holiday homes
- Quiet rooms on site (e.g. for prayer, wellbeing activities, nap pods)
- “Dream come true’ program – employees can apply to have a dream come true or personal goal (e.g. buying their first home, getting married, travelling overseas).
- Entertainment subscription (e.g. Netflix of Spotify)
- Onsite book library
- Onsite gym and showering facilities
- Onsite laundry facilities
- Referral fee for recruitment
- Sports or social clubs – paying or contributing to membership fees
- Complimentary wellbeing activities (e.g. breathwork classes, meditation, yoga)
- Work experience and shadowing in other teams for development
- Yearly or monthly prizes for employee engagement, above and beyond behaviours, innovation, living out company values etc.
We can’t emphasise enough the significance of rewarding and recognising your employees when it comes to building a resilient and happy workforce. Beyond the tangible perks and benefits, it’s a testament to your organisation’s commitment to appreciating its most valuable asset – your people.
If you’d like to know more about building a workplace where employees are recognised and their wellbeing in a priority – get in touch with the Stribe team.