Employee Wellbeing & Benefits

1.1 Corporate perks & benefits

Corporate perks & benefits are increasingly important for hiring and retaining talent. Employee perks help elevate a company’s employer brand; the positive vibes flow and help build a strong and positive reputation of the company outside of the workplace. And you know what they say about happy employees: happy customers aren’t far behind 🙂

When setting up your company perks, it is important to keep in mind that choice might be the best modern benefit - thus, to create an inclusive and flexible employee benefits, you will need to offer a certain range of different perks and if feasible even let your employee chose the benefits most suitable for their needs.

Individual services

Mental wellbeing 🧘🏼‍♀️
  • Happify (Global): mental well-being support
  • Nilo (GER): mental well-being support for your entire workforce, incl. 1:1 video therapy session, chat support as well as resource library & access to tools and content
  • Peppy (UK): non-medical healthcare services, supporting people throughout big life transitions, incl. parenthood, menopause etc.
Physical wellness 🏋🏽
Financial wellbeing 💸

Recent studies show that financial concerns rank among the main sources of stress for employees who lack access to comprehensive financial care. Thus, there is a new wave of company’s that provide financial management platform for employees (incl. 1:1 coaching sessions, real-time dashboard of financial life, financial health tracker, AI-based advice etc.)

Mobility 🚎
  • Rydes (GER): enables businesses to offer flexible & sustainable transport options for all employees by covering their individual mobility needs (incl. car & bike sharing, ride hailing, kick scooter, public transport etc.)
Family and Belonging 👨‍👩‍👧‍👧
  • Voiio (GER): provides employees access to 3k services for all phases of life, incl. pregnancy & childbirth, babies & children, school children & elder care; exemplary courses incl. birth prep, virtual childcare, family counseling & co (more information here: Link)
Planet positive 🌏
Learning and Development 🎓
Remote Work 🏠
  • Meal subscription (e.g. Juit, HelloFresh)
  • Plants for Home Office
  • Grocery delivery
  • Home cleaning

One-stop shops

If you do not want to deal with several employee benefit providers, and prefer to let your employees decide, the following "one-stop shop" providers might be for you.

1.2 Employee training

  • Leadership Training:
    • What? Leadership training typically builds on foundational skills, helping employees hone communication skills, project management, strategy, and, of course, leadership itself.
    • For whom? Leadership training typically builds on foundational skills. Hence it is best to offer this training to employees who are on track to become a manager, or those recently promoted into a leadership position.
  • Compliance Training:
    • Compliance training is any kind of training every employee must undergo. This kind of training can range from safety to security to technical and beyond.
    • For whom? All employees! Should be implemented once time core tools are updated, new harassment policies are put into place, security measures change, and so on
  • Onboarding Training:
    • Onboarding training should cover the essentials all new employees need to know: introductions to tools or software, communication practices, support resources, who to contact about particular issues, and so on.
    • For whom? New Employees
    • For a structured onboarding experience, we recommend 10lift or Kohomai
  • Anti-Bias & Diversity Training:
    • Anti-Bias & Diversity Training teaches employees how to respectfully work with and around people from various backgrounds.
    • For whom? All employees (should be done at least every two years)
    • Contact: Dana Kanze or Emma-Jayne Broadway
  • Sales Training:
    • Sales Training focuses on how employees can effectively advocate for the product, navigate difficult customer questions, and promote unique features.
    • For whom? Sales Department
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      finway recently introduced its Knowledge Day - every first Friday of the quarter is Knowledge Day. On this day, employees are encouraged to spend the whole day on learning. Daily tasks, meeting etc. are cancelled. It is important that everyone defined the topic they want to work on in advance. Afterwards, everyone shares the newly acquired knowledge with the firm - be it with a short presentation, an abstract, etc.
  • Empower peer-to-peer learning:
    • Peer-to-peer learning is a measure that not only allows employees to transmit their skills or expertise to the others; it fosters more team bonding
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      Our portfolio company Tiko recently introduced Tikodemia and Tikocontests - an internal learning program and a skills contest.

1.3 Flexible working arrangements

1.4 Maternity & paternity leave + support for working parents

Even though you might not had the case yet, it will be helpful to draft a dedicated policy early on. This might also help you with regards to diverse hiring. To find the legally required minimum for Elternzeit in Germany, please find detailed information here.

  • Potential benefits for working parents include:
    • Flexible & remote work
    • Paid parental leave (on top of governmental rules)
    • Health benefits for the whole family
    • Daycare offerings

1.5 Social Day for employees

  • Allow your employees to take X days off to engage in volunteering (e.g. climate strike, working at NGO/NPO)
  • Corporate volunteering providers that offer access to a large collection of volunteering activities: