8 Signs that it’s Time to Review your Benefits Program
It is important to be able to guide your employees so they do not feel unmotivated and keep a suitable working pace at the company. One way to reach good results is by reassessing the benefits programme offered to your employees.
After all, employees who feel benefited by the company have a tendency to become more committed, knowing that it supports their livelihood and safety.
Below are some of the signs indicating the need to review the corporate benefits programme and avoid the lack of motivation to negatively affect your team’s performance.
1 - Generalized health problems
If employees are suffering from health problems, this is generally one of the main signs your benefits programme needs to be reviewed. After all, working with health problems is much more troublesome and often prevents committed employees from fulfilling their tasks.
Health issues can affect both employees and their family members, negatively affecting productivity. Health is always a priority, and when it is impaired, it is inevitable to feel discouraged.
Employees themselves or their spouses, children and even their mothers and fathers may be facing a serious or persistent disease. Managers must be aware of everything that is happening and provide assistance whenever possible in order to mitigate these consequences in the lives of their employees.
2 - Lack of professional recognition
Another sign of discouragement and the need to improve the company’s benefit plan is when employees feel they are not properly recognized at a professional level. This can happen, for instance, when they are repeatedly required to perform the same activities. Routine is indeed a part of any job, but when there are no more challenges and new opportunities, employees may feel at a disadvantage.
Studies have shown that 26.3% of professionals between the ages of 43 and 49 consider the lack of professional recognition the main factor behind discouragement at work. This was also pointed out by professionals between the ages of 21 and 28 (22.8%), 29 and 35 (18%), and 36 and 42 (19%).
In order to reverse this scenario, managers must assess key points such as:
- Growth opportunities within the company
- Rewarding professionals with good performance (praise, awards)
- The possibility of certain employees to join a project, lead a team or perform any other relevant activity
- Opportunities for transferring employees to another position
- Continuous performance assessment of each employee
3 - Tense atmosphere in the workplace
Working in a tense and uncomfortable atmosphere is undoubtedly a major disheartening factor. Managers must oversee all activities carried out at the company. In some cases, the atmosphere may be tense for only one employee due to personal problems, due to a private matter. In this case, managers themselves and colleagues may even try to help said employee, talking to him, trying to make him focus on something different, and motivating him.
When the company itself has a tense atmosphere, managers can try a few alternatives, such as a changing the scenario (i.e., redesigning the workplace to make it more welcoming and cheerful: new furniture, dynamic paint on the walls, decoration, among other ideas.) The HR department can be very useful in developing initiatives to mitigate this issue.
Corporate working environments are naturally becoming more interactive, allowing employees to feel more at ease to naturally perform their tasks.
4 - Disgruntlement with salaries and the benefits programme
Salary and benefits can be one of the greatest encouraging factors for employees. Salaries below expectations may lead to dissatisfaction and unwillingness to work. However, in order to avoid any disgruntlement, before accepting the job, professionals should learn about the company’s benefits program and salaries.
For many professionals, a high salary is considered a recognition of their work. But it is not always possible to meet everyone’s expectations. It is more important that the manager considers it is paying the salary each employee deserves, and plan regular raises (at least one annual raise).
5 - Work routine in silence
The team working in continuous silence can be a sign of discouragement. Persistent silence shows the team is discouraged since the employees are not exchanging ideas, are not having fun and are not interacting to seek better results.
A healthy work environment should always have dialogues, fun, exchange of ideas, sharing. The roles and departments of a company depend on the flow of information. When such flow does not happen, productivity drops, resulting in low quality.
6 - Work routine with endless conversation
This is the opposite of the situation described in the previous topic, and it is also a sign of discouragement. Too much talking, distraction, jokes and pranks interfere with the good productivity of routine tasks.
If the employees are no longer interested in performing their activities, dedicating more time to the distraction and useless conversations, this is because they have no motivation to work. Therefore, you must act, trying to understand the reason for the distraction in the workplace, if someone is actually responsible for the behavior or if the entire team actually agrees with such hectic routine.
7 - Meetings always starting late
If meetings start late only because most employees arrive late, this is a reason for concern. If they do not take responsibility for their commitments, it means they have lost interest in the work, or even in their jobs, are not worried in keeping an efficient productivity rate, are not interested in what the manager says, nor in the measures that must be taken during the meetings.
8 - Losing the best employees
If the most competent and qualified employees are leaving the job, this is a sign that they are no longer motivated to work. Losing good employees can be very harmful to the company and it is the manager’s and the HR department’s responsibility to prevent such exit, identifying the reason for leaving.
If necessary, he can even raise the salary, offer more benefits, such as annual bonuses, health or dental plans, life insurance, welfare assistance, and others.
Have you ever noticed any of these signs in your employees’ routine? How about reviewing your company’s corporate benefits programme? Share your comments with us!
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