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Offering Unique Employee Benefits

Written by Lauren Eichmann for Gaebler Ventures

If you've ever wondered how you can make your company stand apart with small business employee benefits, take a look at how online payroll service SurePayroll implements unique human resources techniques to reward employees. A great company starts with a great human resources department.

SurePayroll, an online payroll service, knows what it takes when it comes to offering employees unique benefits.

Offering Unique Employee Benefits

As a small business, they have implemented creative incentive and reward programs to motivate their employees to do the best possible job.

What is the best way to motivate employees? Offer something that serves as a tribute to how much you appreciate their dedication, skills and knowledge. And a free vacation trip won't hurt, either.

Although an online company, the Glenview, Ill.-based SurePayroll is still a service business run by people. It is their people who they recognize as the foundation to their business success, and reward them accordingly.

Company Pays for Trip for Employees Wow!

After an employee's five-year anniversary with the company, SurePayroll honors them with an all-expense paid company-sponsored trip to an exotic destination, such as the Riviera Maya or Jamaica.

"Our people mean everything to us," says SurePayroll's Head of Human Resources Nancy Silver. "Without them, there is no SurePayroll. People inside the building feel how much we value them, and with this award, it makes it easier to tell the outside world."

SurePayroll prides itself on hiring energetic employees who are passionate above all else. Silver says she meets approximately 98 percent of the prospective new hires who come through their doors. "I think a strong majority walk away thinking, 'Wow, I really want to work here.' You can just tell," she says. "They witness the energy and sheer friendliness of the current employees, which provides proof of how we aim to foster an environment of respect and sense of spirit."

Just as employees get rewards for service, employers get rewards for treating employees well.

For example, SurePayroll's efforts to take good care of its employees recently resulted in the payroll outsourcing company's addition to the 2008 list of Chicago's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For.

Lauren Eichmann's interest in journalism dates back to the writing she did for her high school newspaper in Saint Charles, Illinois. With a journalism degree from the University of Illinois, Lauren now works full-time in public relations but occasionally writes as a freelancer on topics that interest her, including topics related to small business and entrepreneurship.

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Is your company offering any unique emplyee benefits you'd care to share with us? We welcome all comments, questions and suggestions.

PharmacistMike 11/7/2008

One easy to add healthy value-added benefit that companies can offer is discounted preventive health screenings. By teaming with a home health screening company, businesses can get coupons for their employees to purchase discounted home health tests. The employees end up deciding if they want to participate and the employees pay for the home tests but many are FSA/HSA eligible for reimbursement and the company shows that they are interested in their employees health.

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