Small Employee Perks Count

Nonprofits often can’t compete with for-profits in the salaries they offer employees. But you can look for employee activities that don’t cost a thing.

For example, start a book club. If participants want to get out of the office, hold the meetings in a coffee shop or restaurant with a quiet space for conversation.

Another idea: Recruit an employee to lead a morning or lunchtime exercise class. Morning classes can energize staffers for the day, and lunchtime classes take the emphasis off eating.