What Benefits Can Make A Difference?

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Salve Salvana

Each month we ask creative professionals to dive into a different theme about the creative working world.

In this week's focus, we’re asking, what benefits can make a difference? We’re not talking about free fruit and table tennis here, but exploring how perks can really make a meaningful impact to someone’s working and personal life.

Simona Somma-Mullins, Production Assistant at Animade

Personally, the benefit I've taken most advantage of is our 'Wellness Budget.' Every year, Animade offer £200 to each of their employees - which we can spend however/whenever we like as long as it's on something that could benefit our wellbeing. So for example it could be spent on a gym membership, spa days, smoothie makers, creative classes etc. There really is so much you can do with it!

I live near an ice rink but ice skating is a bit of a pricey hobby, so I thought it would be perfect use of the wellness budget. I spent the whole of my yearly budget on ice skating lessons and I regret nothing. Since starting ice skating it's allowed me to meet new people, learn new skills, have a physical outlet, rekindle an old hobby and it's all thanks to the help of Animade giving me access to what I thought was out of reach for me financially. Inturn, it gives me a wonderful sense of achievement which makes me feel sharper and even more motivated and connected at work.

Before joining Animade I didn't even know Wellness Budgets existed, but here we are. I feel like it's a great way for a company to show they truly care about their staff's well being and I can't wait to blow next year's budget on ice skating lessons too!

What else is available to Simona at Animade ?

Working at Animade offers the opportunity to make a real impact on a growing company with a great culture. Working with us, you can expect flexible working hours – we value a healthy work-life balance that accommodates people’s different needs A generous holiday allowance which increases with your length of service. A company EAP programme, a training budget of up to £1,000 per year and wellbeing budget of up to £200 per year. We offer Winter Wednesdays (with less daytime in the winter months, we offer the option for people to take a longer lunchtime to give more time to exercise and get outdoors in the sunshine) We also do team away days and trips, we’ve previously been to Tuscany, Cornwall and Portugal.

It's allowed me to meet new people, learn new skills, have a physical outlet, rekindle an old hobby and it's all thanks to the help of Animade giving me access to what I thought was out of reach for me financially.
Simona Somma-Mullins, Production Assistant at Animade

Ferdaws Alizada, Graphic Designer at monopo London

I enjoy being outdoors, and the cycle-to-work scheme is very beneficial. It’s a great excuse to be active and commute to work using a bike, as an alternative to the tube or the bus. Another benefit is always a collaborative studio culture. I think it's very important to feel like you are in an environment that advocates sharing ideas & and a sense of collaboration where you’re bouncing off each other and not being precious with your ideas.

What else is available to Ferdaws at monopo London ?

We focus their benefits on wellbeing, personal development and culture. Specifically, we offer Vitality private health insurance to every member and we pass on the full cycle-to-work employer savings to the employee as well to boost the way they benefit from the scheme even more. We also subscribe every member to Extra Nice and purchase Nicer Tuesdays tickets for every member that wishes to attend in public every month. For the rest, we also have a discretionary learning budget for every member that they can use as they wish, without having to over-think if the course/tutorial/workshop they wish to do is what the business is looking for. If people are curious to learn, then we are keen to support that curiosity. Lastly, we keep some budget aside for casual team moments like catered lunch once a week, drinks to end the week or team dinners to celebrate people and projects (we’re all into good food). Oh, and everybody gets their birthday off, because on your birthday you should be able to do whatever you like to do most.

It’s a great excuse to be active and commute to work using a bike, as an alternative to the tube or the bus.
Ferdaws Alizada, Graphic Designer at monopo London

Lee Sanders, Creative Lead at Frank

Frank offers a plethora of benefits for our employees to help them be their most relaxed, feel great and ultimately to do the best work that you can do. We offer them partly to stay relevant in a competitive recruitment landscape but also to show that we’re humans behind the business and care for our staff beyond that usual box-ticking that many firms do. Some of our benefits include;

We offer a health and wellness budget to each employee. Everyone has a monthly allowance to spend on anything they need from gym memberships to massages and beauty treatments. We have an unlimited holiday policy. We encourage our employees to take as much time as they need for whatever reason without being stressed out about a number or an allowance, paired with our flexible working offering this gives our employees full power over their time. We have our really unique 'Tat’ll do nicely' offering where each employee after a year of working with us can get a tattoo (of their choice) on the agency, meaning employees do have the opportunity to express themselves however they feel they want to. And finally, our '2 days to make a difference' scheme. Whilst our staff are passionate about the work we do, we recognise that people do have other passions, which is why we grant people two paid days off to help out with a charity or volunteering scheme close to their heart and make a difference in the world.

Frank’s '2 days to make a difference' really matters to me personally, in our world it’s easy to get wrapped up and lost in the work/clients, being able to physically go out and make a difference in the world – I’m planning to go and work with Women’s refuge charities – brings to light what humanity is really about and those who have already been come back with a new perspective on things.

We recognise that people do have other passions, which is why we grant people two paid days off to help out with a charity or volunteering scheme close to their heart and make a difference in the world.
Lee Sanders, Creative Lead at Frank

Paulina Janicka, Project Manager at Lyon & Lyon

As a studio we’ve always been focused on freedom and self-growth.

Freedom is a tricky one to navigate but we want everyone at Lyon&Lyon to have as much freedom as possible. Whether it be working the hours that suit you best to having real control over the work you create. The pandemic gave us all a real sense of perspective and collectively we knew we wanted to improve our work life balance so in 2020 we moved to a 4 day week. Since we started taking Friday's off we've seen nothing but positive results on mental health, productivity and turnover. Our work is emotionally taxing, it feels like every project we work on has our heart and soul in it. With that kind investment we believe it’s crucial to be able to give ourselves some headspace. Whether that means spending more time with your family, getting out into nature or getting into tufting, it opens up the room to unwind and focus on your own well being each and every week. Pre work dread doesn’t exist anymore and come Monday we’re all fired up ready to rock.

In October we’re starting a self growth fund, which is up to £1,000 per person per year to go towards building skills that will help our staff personally and professionally. We believe that any new alternative creative skill will eventually seep into the work we do and ultimately make our output more interesting and diverse and help our teams self grow.

The pandemic gave us all a real sense of perspective and collectively we knew we wanted to improve our work life balance so in 2020 we moved to a 4 day week.
Paulina Janicka, Project Manager at Lyon & Lyon

On our radar

Some further reading on the themes explored in this article:

The Pandemic Is Changing Employee Benefits: In this Harvard Business Review article, Tim Allen explores why the shift towards flexible work and wellbeing brought about by the pandemic is here to stay.

How to Create Healthy Work-From-Home Routines: Tina Essmaker guides us through how to establish routines when working from home for Adobe.

Can flexible working fuel your employees' creativity?: In this The Guardian Jobs whitepaper, Heleana Blackwell explores why flexibility and creativity go hand-in-hand.

The If You Could Jobs Journal is a space where industry leaders have the opportunity to share their unique vision and insight into the creative working world. We're always on the look out for company leaders, founders and hiring managers interested in writing opinion pieces our Journal. 

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