Alternative Employee Perks and Benefits - The Paradigm Blog

Alternative Employee Perks and Benefits

August 3, 2022

by Kira La Forgia

Working in a small business doesn’t always allow for big time benefits, like a ping-pong table in the office, provided childcare, or free lunches and snacks. But, we can create alternative ways to show our employees that they are cared for and appreciated.

Many of the following benefits are tax deductible, so they can actually be really beneficial to your bottom line. 

Cash Value Reimbursement

  • Cell Phone Reimbursement
  • Gas Reimbursement
  • Coffee or Lunch Allowance
    • Digital Gift Cards or Cash Reimbursement Upon Receipt Submission
  • Internet or Utilities Reimbursement

Cash Value Allowances

  • Home office equipment allowance
  • Travel Allowance
    • You can use company credit card points to gift travel allowances
    • Book a “staycation” for your employee to thank them for a successful launch

Health and Wellness Programs

  • Health club memberships
  • Wellness subscriptions 
    • IE: Massage Envy, etc.
  • Yoga studio memberships
  • Health and wellness digital programs
    • Meditation apps like the Calm app or Headspace have corporate programs
    • Workout apps like Melissa Wood Health, Peloton, or Core Power Yoga 
    • Weight loss programs like Weight Watchers, or Noom
  • Mental Health Programs
    • Better Health, Talkspace and other virtual mental health services
  • Ergonomic consultations with Ergonomists to set up a healthy virtual office space
  • Ergonomic equipment stipend
  • Focusmate Subscriptions

Traditional Programs

  • Health Insurance Stipend
  • HSA Accounts
  • Vision or dental stipend
  • Mental health stipend

The Perk of Time

  • Flexible schedules
  • Off the grid time
  • Extra Vacation Time
  • Flex days
  • Compressed work weeks

Education Allowances

  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Student loan stipend bonus
  • Courses to learn new skills
  • Certification allowances
  • Professional development books or audiobooks
  • Tuition Assistance

Entertainment

  • Subscription services like…
  • Audible
  • Subscription Boxes 
  • Book of the Month
  • Masterclass Membership
  • Apple Music or Spotify
  • Scribd

Services To Help Your Employees

  • Financial Advisor or Money Coach
  • General coaching based on their interests/needs
    • Burnout prevention coaching
  • House cleaning service
  • Memberships to women’s networking groups
  • Childcare stipend
  • Health coaching
  • Meal plans/Meal Kits

Philanthropy

  • Donating to a charity of your employee’s choice 
  • Paid time for volunteering 

Traditional Benefits

  • 401(k) match
  • Paid Health Insurance 

There are so many wonderful ways to make your employees feel valued and seen. Choose what perks and benefits feel right for your company. Don’t be afraid to mix and match. Just remember that it is all about celebrating your team for all they do and creating a space they look forward to working in! 

Do you want help picking the perfect benefits package? Take a look at our website and see the services we offer, and how we can help you refine your People Operations.

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