Non salary staff perks.

DairyGrazing

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Mixed Farmer
Location
North West
Beside their salary, do you provide staff with any extra perks?

We do a lot already to make the work places as desirable as possible rubber matting in the parlour, change equipment regularly etc
We started tackling mastitis a few years ago and every time we dropped 5 cases per 100 we got rid of tyres and brought more gravel bags for the silage pit.

This year I've decided to allocate budget to non salary perks. First on the list was branded beanies, caps, jackets etc. I thought maybe buy a whole boxed lamb and share it out. Then next time a pig or get one of those mobile car spa guys to wash everyones cars? Maybe bring the personal financial advisor I use in to speak to everyone?

Anyone got any good ideas?
 

Zippy768

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Dorset/Wilts
Beside their salary, do you provide staff with any extra perks?

We do a lot already to make the work places as desirable as possible rubber matting in the parlour, change equipment regularly etc
We started tackling mastitis a few years ago and every time we dropped 5 cases per 100 we got rid of tyres and brought more gravel bags for the silage pit.

This year I've decided to allocate budget to non salary perks. First on the list was branded beanies, caps, jackets etc. I thought maybe buy a whole boxed lamb and share it out. Then next time a pig or get one of those mobile car spa guys to wash everyones cars? Maybe bring the personal financial advisor I use in to speak to everyone?

Anyone got any good ideas?
Personally i think bringing your financial advisor is a good touch, but not sure how that might go down with everyone.

Something tangible would be better.
 
Been thinking of this for our own employees too. We do a small Christmas gift around the holidays. Bottle of whiskey or wine for those old enough. Thermal mugs and such. Thought of maybe giving out some nice cuts of beef the next time we send a cow in. Little things like that seem to go a long way with staff.
 

Kiwi Pete

Member
Livestock Farmer
Decent quality coffee, hard to show your appreciation with the cheap nasty 'special blend'

Free meat - 'as long as you look after it for its lifetime', I'd buy the chickens, lambs, calves for the crew (y) nothing like free meat

Sub their heating costs, whether it's firewood or fuel

Basically "Maslow's hierarchy of needs" - if you look after them and their families, they will find it easier to look after you and your own "baby" .
More chance to excel if we aren't stressed about the mundane stuff.
 

Dead Rabbits

Member
Location
'Merica
The business provides housing or housing stipend and half a beef. Also usually give some cash at Christmas.

I usually personally provide all the coffee, some snacks or meals at work, additional cash at Christmas, take everyone and their family to dinner once or twice per year, and various other small things. Occasionally give out a beer at the end of the day and shoot the sh!t. I’ve loaned a bit of money in the past and it’s been fine but not something I see being a good idea.

I like the idea of financial advice, but fear it would be a bit of a waste of time. If I thought it would be well taken care of I would provide some winter gear, rain gear, boots etc. But when people don’t value their own things my blood would boil seeing stuff left dirty or scattered around the place.
 

Dead Rabbits

Member
Location
'Merica
Decent quality coffee, hard to show your appreciation with the cheap nasty 'special blend'

Free meat - 'as long as you look after it for its lifetime', I'd buy the chickens, lambs, calves for the crew (y) nothing like free meat

Sub their heating costs, whether it's firewood or fuel

Basically "Maslow's hierarchy of needs" - if you look after them and their families, they will find it easier to look after you and your own "baby" .
More chance to excel if we aren't stressed about the mundane stuff.
We found paying the utilities in housing is unappreciated. Suddenly the house is like a sauna or a freezer and the doors and windows may or may not be closed....
 

bobajob

Member
Location
Sw Scotland
Could financial advice not be a bit condescending - ie I am the big balls employer that knows it all better than you the lowly worker!
The workers most likely have more in the bank than you!
Often it's just nice to be appreciated and a simple thank you for your hard work from the boss. (and a nice bit of cake/ bacon roll!)
 

A1an

Member
It all depends on the number of staff and how they get on together outside of work but I know a lad that gets his men together in the tea hut once a quarter and gives them a “takeaway” night. He changes it about so it can be Chinese/ Indian/fish and chips. All depends on your location too I suppose.
it goes down a storm with the lads, they all look forward to it.
 

Chae1

Member
Location
Aberdeenshire
It all depends on the number of staff and how they get on together outside of work but I know a lad that gets his men together in the tea hut once a quarter and gives them a “takeaway” night. He changes it about so it can be Chinese/ Indian/fish and chips. All depends on your location too I suppose.
it goes down a storm with the lads, they all look forward to it.
Remember going to a bring a party to a party night. The staff from local feed mill all started fighting each other! :oops: :ROFLMAO:

What a nightmare.
 

Classichay

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
The moon
lad who helps me in the summer i bought him a draper socket set to say thankyou. I think small gestures like this top up any money and to be honest whenever hes around he brings it with him so hes proud of it. Something physical always goes abit further.

If i get my tea when i come in is my work perk! i know which nights i have to cook pot noodle :ROFLMAO:
 

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