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10 Staff Treats That Will Make Your Team Love You

When it comes to treating your staff there is a range of staff treats that will often make your colleagues, employees, and teams appreciate you a lot.

In this article, we’re going to look at 10 staff treats that will make your teams love you.

On-site massage

When it comes to massage, who doesn’t love one?

Especially when it’s paid for by the company.

With stress being one of the biggest contributing factors to time off work, hiring an on-site massage therapist is just one of the fantastic ways you can help to treat your staff

If staff are less stressed, they can perform better, are better to be around, and help to drive the business forward.

Massage has been shown to:

  • Reduce stress
  • Improve movement
  • Reduce muscular tension
  • Improve flexibility
  • Improve mood
  • Boost endorphins
  • Soothe anxiety
  • Reduce depression
  • And much more!
on site chair massage

Workplace massage can be super convenient. Foreword thinking providers offer online booking links, making it super easy for staff to book on and for event organisers to organise.

All the event organiser has to do is, book out a suitable room/space in the office, organise dates with the massage company and make the payment. A great staff treat and something easily organised.

Go Ape

Go ape is one of the most popular staff treats in the UK.

With 35 locations to choose from it should be easy for you to find a location that works well for your company.

For those that aren’t sure, Go Ape is a fun, interactive, outdoor adventure playground you can treat staff to. It’s also a great way for team members to bond and get to know each other in a non-work environment.

Go ape allow a range of staff treats, including:

  • Forest Segway
  • Ground Games
  • Axe throwing
  • Treetop challenge
  • And more
abseiling as a staff treat

Wellbeing webinars

Staff wellbeing has never been so important. With statistics like stress, depression, and anxiety being responsible for 50% of all work-related ill health, employers must be looking after the health and wellbeing of their employees.

Wellbeing webinars are a convenient and cost-efficient way of getting important messages to staff around their wellbeing

Whether it’s a webinar on coping with stress, improving your physical wellbeing, or working from home best practice, employees will be grateful to work for a company that is taking employee health seriously.

Webinars can be performed as part of a working day, or over the lunch period as part of a lunch and learn.

Regardless of when it is, this is another fantastic staff treat your employees will thank you for!

Donate to employee causes

Donating to employee causes can provide a real sense of fulfilment for your team, colleagues, or employees.

Although this may not seem like the typical staff treat, donating to an employee cause can help staff feel that you care about what’s important to them.

Some employers will opt to support a charity, and others may opt to support a community project.

Non-for-profit companies like Fit For Life Youth CIC do amazing things in their community and this is a great cause that companies can get behind and support.

Other employee causes may consist of charities like:

Whatever cause your employees support, donating to their charity is a great way to treat your staff, especially if their chosen charity has a more personal meaning to them.

Free Staff Lunch

What’s better than lunch? Free lunch!

With the continuous rise in living costs, individuals are having to make cutbacks wherever they can.

For some employees, this may mean bringing a prepared lunch to the office to save on buying something in the local area.

To others, this may mean cutting back on lunch altogether. The reality of each employee will be different.

Providing Lunch for staff, whether it’s regular or a one-off, is a great perk for those working in the office.

Employers could make this a weekly thing, e.g free lunch every Friday, or it could be part of a celebration for hitting a target.

Free lunch is just another fantastic way to treat your staff.

staff lunch

Time off work

As much as employers may want their staff to work as hard and often as possible, this isn’t great for employee health or wellbeing.

Giving employees time off as a staff treat is a great way to show recognition for their hard work.

Employee recognition has many benefits, including:

  • Reducing turnover
  • Improving engagement
  • Improving morale
  • Fostering loyalty
  • Boosting productivity
  • Improving wellbeing
  • Creating a positive working environment.
  • And more!

Approximately 44% of employees change jobs due to a lack of recognition for their efforts.

Although giving a staff member time off work may initially feel counterproductive, in the long term it has shown to have many benefits.

A happy workforce is a productive workforce!

Gift cards

Gift cards are one of the most convenient and easy to give staff treats.

As much as we like to think we know our team members, getting them a gift may be risky and wasteful. If they don’t like the gift we get them, our effort and money could have been wasted.

Providing a gift card gives staff more flexibility to buy what they need or want.

Staff will feel more appreciated if they can put their gift card to good use, rather than receive a gift they may not like.

Websites like Amazon offer a wide range of products making an Amazon gift card pretty convenient.

However, if you know your colleagues well then a more specific gift card may be appreciated more. For example, if you know your colleague has had a baby recently, then a gift card for a local baby store may be more meaningful and appropriate.

Whatever gift card you decide to gift your staff, this is a great staff treat to show them that you care.

Go-Karting

If you’ve been go-karting then you know how fun it can be. Go-karting not only provides some friendly competition but is extremely fun to do.

According to Capital Karts, go-karting can improve your concentration levels, teach you to have a responsible attitude, strengthen your reflexes, sharpen your senses, build confidence, and give you that feel-good factor.

A team day out on the race track may just be the staff treat your team needs to help boost their morale and provide a sense of unity and belongingness.

If you’re based in the UK, there are a range of go-karting companies.

For your convenience we’ve listed a few below:

staff go karting

Upgrade office essentials

When it comes to working in the office, there are a few office essentials that make working there that little bit better.

We all yearn for a creative and comfortable working environment and there are some office essentials that could mean the difference between enjoying our time in the office, or not.

Essentials like coffee machines can be great to increase energy levels, stimulate productivity and reduce stress.

According to the British Coffee Association in the UK, we drink approximately 95 million cups of coffee every day. That’s A lot!

With statistics like these, it’s more than likely that many of your staff, employees or colleagues like to drink coffee throughout their working day.

Providing a state-of-the-art coffee machine may just be the staff treat you need to help keep your employees motivated.

Depending on your companies working culture, office essentials might look different. Having space for an office gym could be great for those companies with an exercise culture, whereas providing a place to have after work beverages may be better for other companies.

Working out what’s best for your companies culture will help you in your quest to providing staff treats that your team love.

staff coffee machine

Guest Speakers

Having a guest speaker can have many benefits for your staff. Guest speakers can bring in a fresh perspective, improve morale and offer some valuable insight and wisdom.

Employees often love hearing from experts in topics they’re interested in and a guest speaker is a perfect way to do this.

Speakers can also provide inspiration, whether it’s through a motivational or inspiring story, or whether it’s through a motivation workshop or webinar.

Either way, providing a guest speaker that leaves a positive impact on employees will be a great staff treat that your teams will love you for.

Hiring a guest speaker can also make the organiser look good. If you’ve organised a speaker that has had a positive impact on employees, then they will thank you for it. After all, it wouldn’t have been possible without you.

Author –

Tyler Lowe – Health & Wellbeing Speaker

BSc Sport & Exercise Rehabilitation