Perhaps you too have been part of an organization that stocked the kitchen with free snacks and drinks, including things to help during a long day or night (e.g., water, coffee, tea, pop, energy drinks etc.), and including a variety of healthy choices so the day could begin with a good and free breakfast at the office. Perhaps you are still part of a company that provides free food as one of several perks. Perhaps you would like to be.
Are perks appreciated? Do they help make a happier, healthier and more loyal employee? Do they help increase productivity? How about camaraderie? Might they somehow help with security? How about customer satisfaction and empowerment? How about improved software quality?
If you had a few extra dollars in your budget and wanted to do something nice for your team, would you offer free food, a financial incentive tied to productivity, or other?
For years companies have been exercising creativity to help staff and teammates feel appreciated (e.g., gift certificates, new fun items for the office or desk, clothing, free tickets to events, extra time off, special awards that can be displayed like a trophy, something special tied to the particular person’s interests, placing an employee name and picture in a place for others to see, trips, bonuses, and so on). Is this a trend on the rise? Is a simple verbal Thank You expressed regularly and publicly enough? Do we need to say Thank You more often, and in more creative ways?
Positive and insightful comments appreciated (Thank You); as are new creative ideas for CIOs and others to help staff and teammates feel appreciated for the inherent quality they bring and help to increasingly produce.