Experts Plug Employee Benefits

Experts Plug Employee Benefits

Minimizing turnover while maximizing employee production two prospects that can surely benefit any design firm's bottom line may simply be a result of looking at the employee benefits offered.

That's the belief of Matt Angle of Designer Kitchens, Inc. and Tomas Goode of Santa Cruz Kitchen & Bath, a pair of dealer-members of the Bath & Kitchen Buying Group (BKBG) who addressed BKBG members at a recent educational conference sponsored by the member-owned co-op.

They suggested several benefits which may entice employees. Consider the following:

  • Offer a "Personal Use" policy where employees can purchase items through the company at 10% over the company cost plus any tax or delivery.
  • Set up designated days off and establish a set number of sick days for employees.
  • Supply things like cell phones, gas allowance and car allowance for employees who travel to job sites or appointments frequently.
  • Offer both medical and dental insurance.
  • Provide sales incentives, such as trips for meeting quotas, or pay in full for events such as the Kitchen/Bath Industry Show.
  • Consider leasing computers and other equipment as an added benefit for employees.

Another practical idea is to involve the firm's sales team and have them participate in the selection and the design of showroom displays.

The pair also noted that a 90-day probation period for new hires is recommended.