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Running a Business? Here Are Some Employee Benefits You Should Offer

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Whether you own a big or small business, one of the top priorities is to always hire and retain the right employees. There are many reasons for an employee to decide to stay with a company, and the benefits package is often one of the most important factors.

This article will share a number of employee benefits that you should consider offering at your company to help boost employees' morale and their satisfaction and productivity.

Health and Wellness

Health insurance is one of the key employee benefits that candidates look for in a company. The experts from Zenefits explain that healthcare can determine if an employee wants to stay with a company long-term or not and also make or break a potential employee's decision about whether to join your company. If your business is small and cannot offer a generous healthcare package, there are still several things that you can introduce to promote health and well-being, boost employee happiness and strengthen their attachment to the workplace.

Offer in-office yoga or Zumba classes at lunchtime or after work as this will make employees feel more excited about going to work and more energized and productive. Organize a walkathon or marathon on a weekend or a specific holiday as an activity that everyone can join in to boost employees' engagement.

Flexible Work Options

If your company does not operate from a specific location to serve customers all the time, you may want to consider giving your employees flexible work options. Every employee loves a healthy work-life balance, and sometimes working for too long at the same place causes stress and employee burnout and that can directly lead to employee turnover. In fact, some studies have shown that employees can be more productive at home than having to be at work all the time.

Hence, if the work they do can be done just as well via telecommuting, you may want to offer a flextime policy. This policy can specify that if an employee works for 2 consecutive weeks, they can work from home on the next Friday; or employees can choose to work from 8-5 or 9-6 as their schedule preference. Sometimes, these small changes can really make employees happier and less stressed about going to work and following a set routine.

Family Engagement

It is always a good idea to engage your employees' families in team-building or retreat activities. This is a great way to help employees grow their love for the company and want to stay with the company, and at the same time, they will also feel more connected to their co-workers.

Depending on your company's budget, you can consider organizing more team-building trips for all your employees and their families, or organizing one-day activities for family members to participate in, such as auctions for charity, bring-children-to-work days or Christmas office parties.

Training

Providing technical training or other types of training to your employees is not only beneficial for the employees' morale but also helps to improve employees' skills and productivity, which in turn reflects in the company's performance.

Look into what sort of skills are required for your employees to excel in their jobs, and try to offer that training as free classes they can take online or after work. This can be language training, sales pitch training, or soft skills training. The topics are limitless as long as they are relevant to the work and your company.

Proper Recognition

As one of the strong motivators, awards and recognition for employees can do wonders at any company. Not only are you rewarding top performers, but you are also motivating others to work harder and try to perform better. The award will be even more meaningful if it is peer recognition, where staff will vote for someone they think is most deserving of the award.

This person may not be the best salesperson, may not be in a leadership position, but he or she is someone with great work ethics and is recognized by everyone in the team. These kinds of awards will help boost employee morale and give everyone a fair chance to be recognized.

These are just a few suggestions of employee benefits that would really help motivate employees, make the workplace a better and more exciting environment, and strengthen employees' loyalty and attachment to the company.

These are not necessarily costly options, as they can be implemented in big and small companies alike. It is really the thought that counts because when an employee feels that the employer is trying to make their every day at work a more pleasant one, they will be much more likely to devote their time and efforts to work harder and contribute to the success of the company.

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Lessons Learned and the Power of Turning 50

Except for 16, I have celebrated all of my milestone birthdays in New York City.

I turned 16 in Arnold, Missouri. Arnold is a small town (though not small anymore) 20 miles south of St. Louis. St. Louis is known for the Gateway Arch, a beautiful arch of shiny stainless steel, built by the National Parks Service in 1935 to commemorate Thomas Jefferson's vision of a transcontinental U.S. St. Louis is also known for its custard, a frozen dessert that is so thick, they hand it to you upside down with a spoon inside. Something else about St. Louis you should know is that there is a courthouse just steps from the base of the Gateway Arch where one of the most important cases in history was tried: Dred Scott v. Sanford.

I'm turning 50 during what I define as a miraculous time to be alive.

Mr. Scott was born into enslavement around 1799 and, in 1830, was sold to a military surgeon who traveled back and forth between his military posts in Illinois and Wisconsin, where slavery was prohibited under the Missouri Compromise of 1820. In 1842 the doctor and Mr. Scott both married, and they, all four, returned to St. Louis. Still enslaved, Dred Scott filed a lawsuit against the doctor's wife for his and his wife Harriet's freedom. We don't know exactly why he chose this moment in time to file a lawsuit, however, he did. At the time of filing his, now, famous lawsuit, he was 50 years old. Ultimately, The Scott family did not gain their freedom, but their profound courage in filling this case helped ignite the Civil War and what we would come to know (or think we know) as freedom from enslavement for all human beings. Powerful then and even more powerful now.

My next milestone was turning 21, and I did it in the Big Apple. Having only moved to "the city that never sleeps" a few months prior, I knew nobody except my new friends, the bus-boys from the restaurant I was working at, Patzo's on the Upper West Side. And, yes, pazzo is actually the correct spelling of the Italian word, which translates to "crazy." Trust me we all had several laughs about the misspelling and the definition going hand in hand. I worked a full shift, closing out at around 11 PM, when, my kitchen team came out from the line with a cake singing, "Cumpleaños Feliz." It was fantastic. And the kindness of these almost-strangers was a powerful reminder of connection then as it still is today almost 29 years later.

I design the life I desire and the Universe creates it for me every day. I show up, keep the story moving, and work hard because I am relentlessly devoted to making the world a better place and this is how I choose to leave my legacy.

When I turned 30, I had just finished a European tour with Lucinda Childs dance company. The company had been on tour for months together and were inseparable. We traveled through Paris, Vienna, Lisbon, and Rome. We ate together, we rode on a bus together, we had drinks after shows together, and we even took turns giving company class to get warmed up before a show. It was deeply meaningful and dreamy. We ended the tour back in New York City at BAM, The Brooklyn Academy of Music. It was an incredible way to end the tour, by being on our home court, not to mention I was having an important birthday at the culmination of this already incredible experience.

So, when I invited everyone to join me at Chelsea Pier's Sky Rink to ice skate in late August, I was schooled really quickly that "tour" does not mean you are friends in real life, it means you are tour friends. When the tour ends, so does the relationship. I skated a few laps and then went home. This was a beautiful lesson learned about who your real friends are; it was powerful then as it is today.

Turning 40 was a completely different experience. I was in a serious relationship with my now-husband, Joe. I had just come off of a successful one-woman dance show that I produced, choreographed, and danced in, I had just choreographed a feature film, John Turturro's Romance and Cigarettes, with A-list actors, including Kate Winslet and James Gandolfini, who became a dear friend and had even been on the red carpet with Susan Sarandon at the Venice Film Festival for the movie a year earlier.

And I encourage all women to identify their power and choose to be fully in your power at any age.

This was a very special birthday, and I had, in those 10 years between 30 and 40, come to cultivate very real friendships with some wonderful colleagues. We all celebrated at a local Italian restaurant, Etcetera Etcetera (who is delivering for those of you in NYC — we order weekly to support them during COVID), a staple in the theater district. Joe and I were (and are) regulars and, of course, wanted to celebrate my 40th with our restaurant family and friends. We were upstairs in the private room, and it was really lovely. Many of those in attendance are no longer with us, including Joe's Dad, Bob Ricci, and my dear friend Jim Gandolfini having transitioned to the other side. Currently, that restaurant is holding on by a thread of loving neighbors and regulars like us. Life is precious. Powerful then and today even more so.

I write this article because I'm turning 50, still in New York City. However, I'm turning 50 during what I define as a miraculous time to be alive. And I could not be more filled with hope, love, possibility, and power. This year has included an impeachment hearing, a global pandemic, and global protests that are finally giving a larger platform to the Black Lives Matter movement. Being able to fully embody who I am as a woman, a 50-year-old woman who is living fully in purpose, takes the cake, the rink, and the party.

I'm making movies about conversations around race. I've been happily married for 11 years to the love of my life, Joe Ricci. I'm amplifying and elevating the voices of those who have not previously had a platform for speaking out. I choose who to spend time with and how long! I design the life I desire and the Universe creates it for me every day. I show up, keep the story moving, and work hard because I am relentlessly devoted to making the world a better place and this is how I choose to leave my legacy. Being 50 is one of the most amazing things I ever thought I could experience. And I encourage all women to identify their power and choose to be fully in your power at any age. I'm 50 and powerful. Dred Scott was 50 and powerful. This powerful lesson is for today and tomorrow. We have the power. No matter what age you are, I invite you to use your powerful voice to join me in making the world a better place.