Employee Benefits for Remote Workplace in Small Businesses

Employee Benefits for Remote Workplace in Small Businesses

Employee Benefits for Remote Workplace in Small Businesses

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May 27, 2021
Employee Benefits for Remote Workplace in Small Businesses

The remote workplace has revolutionized the working scene, companies have scaled down their office size and some even opt to not have company offices. Everything is going online in this day and age, physical location is no longer a limitation but an opportunity to find even better talent. It is time for employers to get creative and adapt their employee benefits packages to this new norm. 

Subscription services 

Shifting work from office to home has made entertainment and leisure benefits in the office inaccessible. Instead of upgrading the pantry at the office or refurbishing the resting area, a better investment for small businesses would be to offer out-of-office benefits like subscription services employees can use in a remote workplace.


Group plans for subscription services are usually inexpensive. Employers can offer entertainment subscriptions like Netflix, Audible and Spotify which are affordable and actually useful for most employees. It also gives your employees a topic to discuss that is not work-related, like the latest Netflix show, and boosts your employee engagement. Audible subscriptions can also encourage your employees to read and learn more. 


Newspaper and magazine subscriptions can replace the publications provided at the office. Depending on the industry, staying up to date with the latest local or global events and insights could still be important for career development. Providing a subscription allows employees to access more articles and read in their own time.

Access to co-working space

Access to Co-working Space

Working at home may not be the best choice for everyone, some employees have children or other family members at home that might cause a distraction. Some employees may simply not have enough space for a home office that is comfortable for them to work in. 


Providing your employees access and membership to a co-working space near them can help them improve their remote workplace. Co-working spaces are usually already well-equipped with pantries, meeting rooms, lounge space and other amenities, so small businesses can save on renovation and rental costs and still provide top-notch workspaces for your employees. 


Employees might not want to invite their clients for meetings at their home. Co-working spaces can also provide private meeting rooms for meetings with clients and conference rooms for the occasional large team meetings. If you are looking for a versatile workspace with high-quality lounge areas and meeting facilities in Hong Kong Island, The Executive Centre may be a good choice. For a budget-friendly option open 24/7 on Kowloon, you can go to Nexen Workshop. Some like the Hive and Spaces have facilities not only in both Hong Kong Island and Kowloon but also in multiple countries.


Online course learning opportunities

Online Upskilling Courses

Employees value opportunities to upskill and develop, which the internet is a substantial resource for employers to train their employees. There are many online platforms providing a wide range of free and paid courses like SkillShare, Udemy and Coursera. Offering a paid plan or some courses for employees can encourage them to learn and develop their own skillset. With the large variety of skills and knowledge to learn online, employees are able to learn what they are specifically interested in and what they need for work.


Accessible and affordable online courses are great for small businesses that have fewer resources to develop their own staff training. Ready-to-go online classes are a convenient way to provide employees with decent quality training in remote locations. Online courses may also provide training for aspects that are less related to work and more related to employee self-development like time management, finance management, stress relief and cooperative skills.

Virtual team activities

Virtual Team Activities

Team building and employee relationship management are difficult in a remote team. Employers can take an extra step to help boost employee engagement with virtual team activities like group video chats, group social channels and virtual team meals. Employers and managers should be the leader in employee engagement and developing the company culture.


Employers can hold virtual team lunches and virtual happy hours for employees to bond and engage. You can offer to pay for employee’s takeaway meals or provide employees with meal and drink coupons in place of provided meals for team gatherings in the office. 

home workplace setup support

Home workplace setup support

Not every employee has the luxury of a fully equipped office at their remote workplace. Employers can help their employees build a functional office at home by providing them with appropriate office supplies, tech and broadband network so that employees have the optimal remote workspace. Other than the basics, companies can also offer corporate discounts on home office supplies and furniture to aid your employees in creating their ideal office so they can maximize their productivity.

Holidays and flexible hours

Holidays and Flexible Hours 

Many employees are struggling to find a work-life balance when the line between their home and office is blurred. Working at home means employees are basically at the “office” almost all the time. Employers should encourage breaks and leaves when needed. Employers should also let their team know there is no pressure to respond to emails or work out of their office hours unless there are urgent matters. Flexible hours can also be implemented to allow more freedom to let employees fit their work around their schedule. This is especially helpful for parents who need to take care of children.

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Worldwide Wellness & Insurance Plans

A remote team may not have all employees in the same area or country so some employees may not have access to the employee benefits provided including wellness and insurance plans. Employers can choose medical insurance plans that provide worldwide coverage or expand the plan to cover where your remote employees are.


Wellness benefits can also be adapted to include those not living in the areas. The company can opt to provide local gym memberships or offer reimbursements for local services that would otherwise be included in the employee benefits package.

Check out our blüüm team group medical insurance and get a quote from our health management consultant now!

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