Lifestyle incentives show employees you care about what matters to them and create a connection with the company — something many employees have lost.

Here are a few ideas:

Devote an afternoon to wellness. Treat staff to a healthful lunch, followed by a massage, facial, yoga class, or hike.

Plan outdoor activities that let the families of your employees interact. Think beyond picnics and consider a hike, a beach party, or a carnival.

Allow everyone to donate company time to a charity. Choose one that's close to your heart, or let the staff vote.

Start a reading group. This is a great way to create a bond between different departments.

Hold a class at the office once a week (yoga, Spanish, cooking).

Have one department make the other lunch one day, then vice versa.

Source: Andrea Michaels, Extraordinary Events
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