How might accommodation and enhancement benefits be appealing or unappealing for any organization?
Accommodation and enhancement benefits such as promoting educational opportunities to their employees might be appealing to an organization for a number of reasons. For example, if an organization offers an enhancement benefit such as scholarships or tuition reimbursement, an employee is more likely to either finish or further their education. Going back to college or obtaining a higher-level degree has become very expensive. This type of benefit is a great way for an employee to obtain additional knowledge, skills and eventually a certificate or degree and the company benefits as well because it’s employees know have a wider range and depth of knowledge and skills. As technology is ever changing, it is possibly for many employees to continue working their normal work schedule and night their additional courses online or at night, not disrupting the organizations day-to-day workflow. Personally I am hoping to find a job with a company that will help pay for my decorate degree in management. Another advantage is that in some cases employers receive tax benefits for offering these types of accommodations and enhancement benefits by deducting the costs as normal business expenses. Not only are educational opportunities beneficial to both the employee and employer, but enhancement benefit like this lead to an overall increase in moral and an improved, more motivated and safer work environment.
If you had to recommend a new accommodation or enhancement benefit to HR upper management, what would it be?
Depending on the overall physical and mental health of the employees within the organization, I would recommend an enhancement benefit such as a wellness program that could benefit employees in multiple ways as individuals. In other companies I volunteer for as a board member, they have offered a free gym membership through their wellness program, which helps with cardio improvement, weight gain, muscle tone and overall physical health. The overall benefits for employers are obvious, but they also provide the company with strategic advantages by investing money in the program that will hopefully bring them lowered expenses in return, often in the form of better performing workers, and less absences and health care costs. Employees are the most valuable assets to any company. By providing workers with these services, companies are improving well-being and job satisfaction, as well as raising retention rates. The welfare of employees has a direct impact on the success of the company. If I were to pitch this idea to upper level management, I would ask them: So why should you, as an employee, take advantage of a workplace wellness program? Everyone has some sort of health risk to varying degrees, whether it is unhealthy eating, lack of exercise or sleep, drinking, smoking, or even something genetic. Using a program just as this can make positive change happen. Not only will you be more able to complete your job responsibilities, but you will also have more energy and liveliness to give to your family and friends when you get home.
Sooner than later,
The Tiny Professional