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We’ve all heard about big name brands offering unique company benefits to get a little PR. While you may not have the resources to send your employees on exotic holidays, there are a few things you can offer your team to boost morale. Just remember, some expenses and benefits may be subject to tax and National Insurance. Fortunately, HMRC have published a handy list of what’s what.

Pay for a subscription

Offering your team a simple subscription to a monthly service that most people use is a nice gesture. For example, you could offer to pay for your employees’ Netflix or Spotify subscriptions to keep them happy and reduce stress in their free time.

Enrol workers in a course of their choice

Some employees will appreciate the chance to develop their skills and learn about something that interests them. This doesn’t necessarily have to be business- or job-related, but you’ll still reap the benefits of well-rounded staff who feel that they’re growing.

Perhaps you have someone on your team who’s always talked about learning a new language or picking up guitar lessons. You could look into subscriptions for apps or books as this will give employees the freedom to select what courses they want to do.

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Paid time off for charity work

While this might have to wait until after the lockdown, there will always be a need for volunteers and charity workers to support local communities. Give your employees a chance to help out their local community by offering a couple of hours paid time off each week.

Funding a hobby

Keeping morale high and managing mental health is very important for us all right now. This means that if you can support your employees’ mental health and stress levels while cooped up at home, it’ll be very appreciated.

Now could be a good time to encourage employees to explore their hobbies. You could give each worker a virtual voucher or purchase a gift to fit in with their interests. For example, you could give someone a coffee subscription plan or even a game to help them pass their free time more enjoyably.

Buy home workout equipment

Some businesses pay for a gym subscription, but since this isn’t possible right now due to lockdown, there are a few other options which staff might well want to continue with.

You can still encourage interested employees to stay fit in the comfort of their own home by agreeing to pay for or subsidise workout equipment.

Think bicycles, jogging accessories or yoga mats – you can either send a gift card or send equipment directly to your employees’ homes. If not equipment, subscriptions to home workout programmes might be just the ticket.

If you need help dealing with tax and NI if you provide benefits to your staff, our online accountants can guide you. Learn more about our services.

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Christopher Jones

Forensics graduate-turned copywriter and blogger. I love turning complex topics into easy to understand, yet engaging pieces of content.

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