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4 great benefits of employee recognition

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With reward and recognition, employers can effectively motivate and drive their teams to perform at their best ability. Use perkpal to achieve this and cultivate a fun company culture.

Here are 4 great benefits of employee recognition

1. To engage

Showing employees you’re grateful for their hard work can have an immediate positive impact, boosting employee engagement by almost 60%. In fact, recognition is consistently cited as a ‘top engagement driver’, so you have no excuse!

Recognition doesn’t just have to come from you; nurture your company’s culture to promote peer-to-peer recognition, it can work wonders for team morale and ultimately help your company remain attractive and succeed.

2. To increase employee advocacy

When you tailor your recognition and benefits to each individual employee, you turn them into brand ambassadors. Spend the time to learn what makes each individual employee tick, and before you know it, you’ll have a passionate team of advocates spreading the word about how great your company is.

3. To retain

It’s a fact. Lack of recognition is one of the biggest reasons why people leave their jobs.

As millennials (the ‘job hopping’ generation) are set to dominate the workplace, it becomes increasingly important to keep an eye on your company’s retention rate.

By using the motivational power of recognition, you could lower voluntary turnover rates by 31%.

Rewarding and recognising with perkpal is one of the easiest ways to retain your employees.

4. To drive performance

Recognition can be a powerful amplifier to employee performance, in fact, the power of positive feedback has data to back it up.

Organisations that give thanks to their employees regularly outperform those that don’t by 14%.

perkpal has hundreds of perks and discounts; there is something for everybody.

Reward your employees like the individuals they are, contact us now!

6 Tips for Combatting Stress at Work

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Stress in the workplace can not only put an individuals blood pressure at risk, it can impact overall wellbeing, leading to a drastic decrease in motivation and productivity in the workplace.

Did you know that in 2015/16 stress accounted for 37% of all work related ill health cases and 45% of all working days lost due to ill health.

High work-load and time constraints can both be factors of stress, yet there are many more.

Dealing with customers, job insecurity, financial problems, family issues and even colleagues can all be contributors, as well as dangerous working conditions and micromanagement.
Researchers believe that the high stress levels caused by these factors can increase the likelihood of smoking, drug abuse, alcoholism and overeating, all of which can lead to cancer.

If it isn’t possible to remove sources of stress, employees should learn how to properly manage it.

Here are some areas to be focused on:

  1. Eat healthily

    Food choices can make a big difference to mental and physical wellbeing. Avoid overconsumption of sugar, alcohol, caffeine and nicotine, and up vegetable intake to provide your body with the nutrients it needs to function properly.

  2. Build better relationships

    Building strong relationships with coworkers can dramatically improve your experience at work. Improving overall communication can help with managing everyone’s expectations as well as open up the opportunity to ask for help with tasks and delegate accordingly.

  3. Nurture a more relaxed culture at work

    Often, employees will mirror the attitudes and mindsets of managers and directors. If these two groups can learn to manage their stress themselves, they can effectively nurture a more relaxed culture and other employees will likely feel more at-ease too.

  4. Prioritise and use lists

    One big cause of stress is ‘having a lot going on at one time’.Employees can learn to manage this by prioritising and having a checklist of tasks they need to complete. As well as this, employees should be encouraged to stick to one task at a time if possible, as splitting your focus across multiple tasks is not the most productive way to work. We recommend the mobile app Trello for prioritising, as employees can rearrange their tasks with the swipe of a finger.

  5. Ensure you’re getting enough sleep

    Sleep deprivation often causes small problems to appear much bigger than they actually are. It also makes it harder to get up in the morning, which isn’t much fun at all.
    Do yourself a favour and ensure you’re getting enough sleep to allow your body and mind to fully recharge, most adults require about 7 hours good quality sleep a night.

  6. Stay physically fit

    If you’re not regularly exercising, you’re doing yourself a massive disservice. We’re not going to bore you with a science lesson, so we’ll keep it brief; exercise releases endorphins, which make you feel good when you physically exert yourself. These neurotransmitters also help relieve stress and regulate mood. Get onto that treadmill!

4 Reasons You’re Not Productive At Work

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On good days, you likely leave work thinking;

‘I’ve done a lot today, I achieved everything I wanted to and I’ve ploughed through so much work.’

Then there are those other days when you’re heading home and can’t remember what you got up to.
You know you were ‘busy’, but if asked, you wouldn’t have much to show for it.

What is it that is killing your productivity on these days?
Why are some days far more productive than others?

Here are some factors that may be affecting your ability to work productively:

You’re not getting enough sleep

We’ve all experienced this at some point or another.
Whether it was the neighbour’s cats fighting outside or you were just working late, sleep deprivation can cause a serious decrease in productivity levels. Take a look at your ‘good days’ and see if you can find a pattern in how sleep may be affecting your performance.

Sleep deprivation affects your attention and makes it harder to concentrate, your reactions are also slower, making commuting to work more dangerous and it also becomes harder to learn new skills and retain information. Get at least 7 hours of rest and these problems can be avoided, or, if you have to work late the odd day, make time for a power nap the next day to maintain your energy.

 

You’re trying to multitask

Although it sounds good to say you can multitask, it will likely reduce your overall productivity. It takes about 23 minutes to fully return to a task after an interruption, and switching back and forth makes us tired, less efficient and prone to making more errors. Multitasking has also been shown to increase production of cortisol, also known as the stress hormone.

Believe it or not, multitasking can be addicting.

When we complete a task, even a small one like sending an email, our brain’s get a hit of dopamine, the reward chemical. It’s relatively easy to end up subconsciously chasing this chemical, through regularly switching tasks.

In fact, there is even evidence that suggests multitasking can damage areas of the brain, permanently.
A recent study from the University of Sussex ran MRI scans on the brains of multitaskers (specifically those who spent time on multiple devices at once, eg. smartphone and television). The scans showed that subjects who multitasked more often had less brain density in the anterior cingulate cortex, the area in the brain responsible for emotional control and empathy.

Stick to tackling one significant task at a time and you might see more work getting completed.

 

You’re not working at your optimum time

The 9 to 5 working habit has been embedded into British culture for years, with the familiar, never-
ending ‘rush hour’ being a significant testament to that.
More and more companies, however, are opting for flexible working hours, giving employees the ability to control when they work.

We’ve all heard about the ‘morning person’, but what about the ‘night person’?
Some people work best at the crack of dawn, and some people work better in the evening, so employers are beginning to accommodate both.
If you find you are more productive later on in the evening, it might be worth discussing flexible working options with your employer.

 

You’re procrastinating

Procrastination is a word commonly thrown around, but putting off your tasks until the last
minute can be a dangerous route to take for your productivity. Not only does it create a situation where you eventually need to rush through work, but you also have to endure the stress of having the task at the back of your head the whole time you’re putting it off.

Michael Townsend Williams, founder of mind-coaching comany Still Works, suggests working out how you’re feeling at that exact moment, and then doing all the tasks that are possible within your current state of mind. That way, you can ‘build up’ to the more challenging tasks, having already had a ‘warm-up’.

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How to Improve Employee Satisfaction

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Employee morale is crucial to company success. It is the sum of overall outlook, attitude, confidence and the satisfaction employees feel at work.

When employees feel positive about their workplace environment and feel they are meeting their career and personal needs, employee satisfaction is said to be high.

As an employer, you can help nurture a positive culture in the workplace and control components which contribute to overall employee satisfaction.

In this article, we’ll be looking at ways you can effectively improve employee satisfaction, which is a key contributor to a happier, more productive workplace.

1. Ease the stress of commuting

Bad commutes are a source of frustration and stress, and it isn’t ideal to start and end your working day feeling this way. Employers should explore ways to reduce the stress of commuting, for example, by staggering work times to avoid heavy traffic. Late arrival policies should also be reviewed, as severely reprimanding late employees will make them more stressed during bad commutes and they will not be happy upon arriving in the office.

2. Encourage workplace socialisation

A key component of employee satisfaction is the ability to socialise with peers. Employers should explore ways to ‘open up’ the office to make it easy to communicate, with workstations arranged so employees can see each other.

Employers should also be encouraged to socialise outside of the office, this gives employees the opportunity to develop better relationships whilst positively promoting the company. Encouraging community service is a great opportunity to not only increase employee satisfaction but to show your company in a good light too.

3. Promote healthy lifestyle choices

Businesses pay a heavy cost for both physical and stress-related illnesses and the absences that come along with them. Employee productivity is also linked to health, so all employers should be encouraging their workforce to exercise, reduce stress and improve overall health.

Exercise releases serotonin and dopamine, the ‘feel-good’ hormones. Release of these hormones slows down dramatically during stressful periods, so exercise after work can be a great way of clearing the mind and feeling better at the end of the day.

One way you can encourage employees to get active is by offering our gym and health club discounts. Also, ensure your office has access to a refrigerator and microwave to help encourage employees to prepare healthy food.

4. Create a growth environment

Companies should be encouraging their employees to grow and learn. In a survey about employee motivation, employees were ask to rank job characteristics that motivated them. Quite surprisingly, promotions and high wages were not in the top three. Employee’s number one desire was “Full appreciation of work being done”.

Employers can help encourage growth by providing training, acknowledging company benchmarks and celebrating individual employee successes and accomplishments. Employees should be encouraged to take plenty of risks, and learn new ways of tackling problems. If not given opportunities to expand skill sets and responsibilities, employees will likely become bored and lose motivation at work.

5. Create a clear set of company values

Creating a clear set of company values can help employees feel more motivated at work as it makes them aware that they are fulfilling a bigger, more important purpose. As a leader, you should ensure the company is consistently abiding by these values, even through times of stress and turmoil. Employees will respect the company for this and value their roles in it more.

 

Implementing these and similar techniques in the workplace can help increase employee retention and increase overall workplace productivity.

Employers can easily improve employee satisfaction by offering our range of incredible employee savings and discounts.

If you’re ready to be the workplace hero, get in touch with us here or call 0800 652 4745 / email:hello@perkpal.co.uk

How to save with perkpal

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perkpal has thousands of amazing discounts and offers, and more are being added week by week!

We believe there is truly something for everybody, here’s a rundown of some popular perks we offer:

 

Discounts at over 2,500 favorite retailersstore discounts for employees

It’s a fact, everyone loves to shop.
perkpal offers discounts and exclusive savings at over 2,500 retailers across the UK, allowing employees to save hundreds of pounds a year when they shop.

Employees can access their favourite discounts by returning to their online employer-branded portal, talk about great brand reinforcement!

Here are some examples of retailers we hold discounts for:

Sainsburys – 5% off

Asda – 3% off

Morrisons – 5% off

Iceland – 7% off

Co-op – 4% off

Marks and Spencer – 7% off

Boots – 10% off

Argos – 6% off

Debenhams – 7% off

Halfords – 10% off

House of Fraser – 10% off

New Look – 10% off

B&Q – 10% off

Find out more about employee store discounts here

 

Holiday savings – up to 10% offholiday discounts benefit

A holiday is one of the biggest expenditures employees can have, so offer them fantastic savings with some of the most popular operators. Using perkpal, your team can book a holiday almost anywhere in the world and get up to 10% off their holiday cost!

Here are some of the operators we offer discounts for:

First Choice

Thomas Cook

Thomson Holidays

Club Med

Expedia

Hayes and Jarvis

Kuoni

Olympic Holidays

Saga Holidays

Virgin Atlantic

Find out more about employee holiday discounts here

 

Huge savings on bikes – up to 42% offcycle to work scheme

Employees can keep fit and healthy whilst reducing their carbon footprint with perkpal’s Cycle to Work scheme. It’s a simple solution for employers who wish to implement the benefit without the hassle.

Your team can get up to 42% off the retail price of bicycles and accessories.

perkpal offer the scheme using a variety of retailers, giving employees maximum choice.

Find out more about the cycle to work scheme here

 

Childcare vouchers – save up to £933 per yearchildcare voucher benefit

perkpal now offer a particularly popular tax free employee benefit; childcare vouchers.

The scheme is a great way of supporting working parents, helping each of them save up to £100 a month.

The Childcare voucher scheme is offered as part of perkpal at no extra charge to the employee or employer. There is even a dedicated help team on hand to take care of all administration and queries.

Find out more about childcare savings for employees here

 

Cinema ticket discounts – up to 40% offcinema discounts for employees

Employees can enjoy Cinema Benefits with perkpal where they can purchase admission vouchers for over 400 UK Cinemas, at discounts of up to 40%* off!

The savings apply against standard/peak rate box office prices, and at selected chains employees can purchase discounted popcorn and drinks too.

*Discounts vary depending on the cinema and the time and day you choose to go

Find out more about employee cinema discounts here

 

Cashback at hundreds of outlets – up to 15% cashbackcashback employee benefit

With the Lifestyle Spree Plus Card, your team can get cashback at hundreds of outlets across the country. The card is a prepaid, contactless Visa card that allows employees to get between 3% and 15% cashback when they spend both online and in-store.

No hassle ordering vouchers or entering codes!

The card usually has a membership fee, but for the first year perkpal are covering the cost as a freebie to your team!

Find out more about employee cashback here

 

Dining discounts – up to 50% offrestaurant discount benefits

Employers can now give their employees the Ultimate Dining Package, with Tastecard and Gourmet Society.

Discount dining is now available at over 10,000 restaurants and eateries across the UK, thanks to the UK’s favourite dining clubs joining forces. Experience fine dining at a hand-picked collection of independent eateries, as well as some of the UK’s favourite chains and award-winning restaurants.

Everything is managed with a free mobile phone app that not only tracks your dinner down for you but will also keep track of your savings.

Find out more about employee dining discounts here

 

New or used car savingscar discounts for employees

Offer your employees exclusive deals at over 20 car manufacturers. These deals include low rate finance, zero deposit deals or valuable free options, and they are available on both new and used cars.

Find out more about employee car discounts here

 

Gym and health club discountsgym discounts for employees

Healthy employees are happier, work harder and perform better. If you need help getting your team fit, this perkpal scheme gives employees and their families a discounted corporate membership at over 3,000 participating health clubs, gyms and leisure centres.

Find out more about employee gym discounts here

perkpal have got a variety of employee benefits and perks that you can bring to your workplace.

If you’re ready to be the workplace hero, get in touch with us here or call 0800 652 4745 / email: hello@perkpal.co.uk

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