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By Andrew Hinchliff

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More employers are discovering just how important employee engagement is when it comes to productivity. Productivity is key for your business’s bottom line. How can you get your employees more engaged and motivated?

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How does offering employee benefits motivate your employees? When people are content with their jobs and feel the company they work for cares about them, they’re more likely to reciprocate. Give your employees the best and they’ll give you their best, each and every day.

So which benefits actually motivate employees? Why not try some of the seven listed here on for size?

1. Healthcare Insurance

Even the healthiest twenty-something has a vague idea they may someday get sick. Your employees want reliable, affordable healthcare insurance. They want to know they’ll be covered if they get sick or need medical treatment.

Reassure them their health is one of your top priorities by including better healthcare insurance in your employee benefits package.

2. Dental and Vision Care

Just like medical insurance, dental and vision care benefits help your employees stay healthy.

While vision care may not seem like a big deal to you, it can mean a lot to an employee who needs to update her prescription glasses so she can see to do her job. Another employee might worry about his young child not performing in school without proper glasses, which could cause him to disengage at work.

3. Improved Vacation Time

Some people argue vacation time isn’t exactly part of an employee benefits package, not in the same way a long-term disability plan or life insurance policy is.

Nonetheless, vacation time is important for employees. Many Americans don’t take their allotted vacation time, which is detrimental to their creativity. If your employees are feeling tired and unmotivated, it could be because they need a break and a chance to recharge.

4. A Pension Plan

The baby boomer demographic, the largest in American history, is now approaching retirement. Have you helped your employees prepare for this next stage in their lives? If not, you may want to revisit your stance. Even your younger employees will appreciate a good pension plan.

5. Short-Term Disability Insurance

Your employees may also be wondering what will happen to them if they happen to get sick or need to take some time off to recover from a minor accident. Having good short-term disability insurance as part of your employee benefits plan can lay their fears to rest.

How does this boost productivity? In short, employees who worry less about the future can focus their creative energies on producing their best work for you. They’re also less likely to leave an employer who looks out for their welfare in this way.

6. A Wellness Program

Wellness programs have become big business in the benefits world. Some employers have been skeptical, but there’s good reason to believe this employee benefit option is a true engagement and productivity tool.

Wellness programs focus on health and prevention before your employees get sick. By enabling your employees to employ an “ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” approach to health, chances are good they’ll be healthier longer! Healthier employees can give you their all, which in turn boosts productivity.

7. Mental Health Insurance

Your employees might be in peak physical health, but how are they faring mentally? If your employees are suffering from mental health issues, they may not use their time effectively, be disengaged, take more time off, or fail to deliver quality.

Offer your employees benefits that cover their mental health and wellness too. Looking after your mind is just as important as physical health!

These employee benefits help your employees become their best selves. When they feel well and know they have a supportive employer who cares about them, your employees will give back tenfold. Make sure your plan fits their needs.


Andrew Hinchliff

With over 30 years of experience, Paymedia’s Chief Operating Officer Andrew Hinchliff is a seasoned global business leader and results-driven human capital and workforce strategist who is well-versed in human capital management, workforce management, payroll outsourcing, and benefits administration. He’s passionate about strategy and innovation and is regularly sought out for assignments that create disruptions to current business models and practices. Andrew is actively involved in coaching youth football and is an avid golfer. His strong beliefs in philanthropy have him “giving back” by volunteering for a host of charitable foundations and community-based events.

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