An attractive salary package is a major drawcard for workers in every industry. However, in the increasingly competitive world of New Zealand tech, generous salaries might not be enough to attract and retain the best staff. Furthermore, there's only so much your business may be able to afford in wages.
So, what non-monetary job benefits can employers offer staff?
The option to work from home can be enticing for many workers. As well as being appealing to local talent, you also have the potential to attract remote workers at little cost to your business. Of course, this does require a proven work ethic and processes to check in and attend meetings remotely.
2. Flexible hours
Just as workers enjoy being able to work where they choose, the option of flexible hours can be especially appealing as well. Staff can work around their individual schedule, allowing for a better work-life balance. Establish core hours (for example, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) in which all staff must be in the office and a minimum weekly allocation, and allow staff to decide when their days will begin or end.
3. Relocation assistance
If telecommuting isn't an option, attract workers from other countries or cities by offering to assist with the costs of their relocation. This does cost your company, but unlike a salary the expenses are not recurring.
4. Professional development
The opportunity to learn can be extremely enticing, especially for recent graduates. Be careful to provide professional development at all stages of progression so your business is not seen as a stepping stone, rather a long-term workplace.
When staff know when and how they can move up within the company, they may feel more inclined to stay.
5. Clear progression
On a similar note, letting staff know when and how they can move up within the company could make them feel more inclined to stay. That's because they have better job security and clear goals while in the business.
6. Unlimited leave
Choosing not to restrict annual leave allowances can do wonders for attraction and retention. A promise of high amounts of leave is naturally appealing to workers and, if managed well, could improve workplace performance as staff are better rested.
7. Company culture
What is the atmosphere like in your office? A positive working environment can go a long way to making a workplace desirable. Consider upgrading the decor in your office to make a more inviting space, and encourage workplace socialisation.
The promise of monthly staff lunches or ongoing access to coffee, tea and snacks may not be a deciding factor for candidates, but it can certainly help to endear them to your business.
9. State of the art tools
Does your company use or produce groundbreaking technology? In tech and IT, access to powerful industry tools can make your workplace extremely appealing.
10. A meaningful project
If you're seeking to solve serious problems with your project, advertise this. You may find candidates can get passionate about your cause and are more eager to apply.
Is your workplace offering enough to attract the right developers and IT staff? Work with 920 Career Agents today for access to the best candidates in New Zealand.