5 Ways Small Businesses Can Attract New Employees
It’s no secret that small businesses often can’t compete with the competitive salaries and workplace perks that big corporations usually boast to gain the best and brightest. However, we’re here to say that although you may not be able to afford multiple six figure salaries or tuition reimbursements, you can still appeal to people in other unique ways that we personally love — and think many of them even make the team grow closer. Wondering what our top favorites are? You’re in luck because today we’re diving in.
5 ways small businesses can attract new employees:
1. Stand Firm in Your Values
One way to attract employees that might also be interested in being hired by a larger corp? Stand firm in your values and make it known that you do. One of the best things any business can do is create 3-5 values that the company as a whole adheres to and be sure that people at management level are constantly making a constant effort to consciously incorporate them into the company culture. This is something that a lot of businesses think about doing, but a factor that few businesses do right.
2. Offer Volunteer Days
We love to hear that so many companies are starting to offer quarterly volunteer days! There are two ways that we’ve seen this done. The first being that if the whole company is in the same city, they all go out and choose a volunteer activity to participate in together during a normal work day. If the people at the company are location independent, they can choose a day to take off work and go volunteer in their own community.
3. Flex Time
The ability to work when you want is a huge draw to many — especially in the digital age we live in. This may be hard for jobs like sales or customer service, but for “as long as the job gets done” roles, this could be the winner winner chicken dinner of perks.
4. Gym Reimbursement
One thing that we see businesses all over the size spectrum offering is gym reimbursement or ClassPass memberships for folks in larger cities. Exercise releases endorphins and endorphins make people happy...and happy workers usually equal productive workers. A win for the company, and a win for the employees who are apart of it.
5. Experiment Shorter Work Days
There has been a lot of research recently about the positives of shorter work days or even a 4-day work week and we’re all about companies offering additional ways to show up for their employees in the work/life balance arena. If this isn’t possible for the size of your current team, try giving them early Fridays or late start Mondays and see what they think.
Tell us: What perks do you offer for your employees?