Money Matters! No doubt about it. Nobody ever accepts a job offer without taking money into consideration. So, before we move onto non salary employee benefits, make sure you have negotiated the best salary possible.
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In addition to the salary, also important to carefully consider all the different employee benefits you could be entitled to before you make up your mind about any new company. Sometimes, these non salary benefits are not heavily advertised and you will only find out about them if you actually ask.
When you ask about important employee benefits, you can do so in a general sense during a job interview but it is more effective if you ask about specific employee benefits that are most important to you. You will be surprised how flexible some employers are in regards to employee benefits.
Consider the list below and narrow down which ones are mort important to you.
11 Important Employee Benefits That Are Not Money:
- Health Insurance
- Life and/or Disability Insurance
- Travel Insurance
- Flexible Work Hours, Work Days or Work From Home
- Additional Sick Leave or Parental Leave
- Study/Tuition Reimbursement & Time Allowance
- Professional Development Courses
- Relocation Opportunities
- Wellness Programs (gym onsite, exercise classes, yoga etc..)
- Performance Dependant Bonus
- Life Coaching
Some of the employee benefits above have a direct monetary value which makes them easy to asses. Other items like flexible work hours or work from home are subjective. It really depends on how important they are to your lifestyle. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want but be careful how you ask. For example, never say you really value flexible work hours because your kids get sick all the time and you need to run out without much notice. Phrase your question carefully like this – Are flexible hours available as an option during busy project periods when I may need to work late at night?
Finally, consider the total package being offered to you which includes the salary and all other employee benefits before you make up your mind. Often the employee benefits really add significant value to the total package.