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Small to medium sized employers sometimes feel as though they are at a disadvantage when it comes to their ability to provide benefits and rewards to their employees. In fact, they often have more flexibility to provide non-monetary rewards that show employees that they are recognized and appreciated. These efforts go a long way in keeping employees.

To assess what you as an employer can offer your workers, ask yourself these questions:

  1. How much flexibility do you have?
    1. This will determine many of the options that are realistic for you.
  2. How large is your company?
    • If your company is larger, you may be able to offer more learning and career growth opportunities. If your company is smaller there may be more opportunities for in- house development and training opportunities.
  3. Is the work that you do seasonal or unpredictable?
    • Depending on the schedule of your work you may be able to change the hours of work or provide bonuses during peak work periods.
  4. Are you able to provide work and personal life balance?
    • You may be able to create a more attractive work schedule for employees.
  5. Are your workers unionized?
    • For unionized workers, wages, working conditions and other  workplace benefits are negotiated between the union and the employer, and are set out in the collective agreement. In non-unionized workplaces, these issues are decided by the employer.

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