The job perks to look out for

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Most of us approach our job search with a preferred salary range in mind, but have you given any thought to the other perks an employer may have to offer? Employee benefits can make your experience at work that much more enjoyable and help you find a happy and healthy work-life balance.

Here are some of the benefits to look out for.

1. Insurance
Employers may offer a range of different types of insurance including private medical insurance, dental, optical and life insurance. Most will have upper limits:

• Private Medical covers the costs of private medical treatment, although not all medical conditions may be included.
• In the UK, Dental typically reimburses you for NHS and private treatment.
• Optical helps you pay for glasses, contacts and eye tests.
• Life insurance means your dependants will receive a tax-free lump sum in the event of your death.

2. Pensions
Your retirement might not be the first thing on your mind when looking for a new job, but it’s important to remember that everything you do now is setting you up for the future. The types of pension schemes on offer and the contributions to your pension employers are willing to make might vary so make sure you do your research.

3. Working hours/ days off
Having a good work-life balance is crucial to your health, happiness and performance. It’s therefore important that you find an employer that can meet your needs whether that’s in terms of flexible working arrangements (think of flexi-time or working from home), the amount of annual leave you can take up or getting additional days off – for your birthday, for example.

Employers are not blind to the importance of a healthy work-life balance, with more and more of them offering perks like duvet days – unscheduled extra leave that can be taken up at the last minute – or even unlimited holiday. It’s also worth checking out what an employer offers in terms of paternity or maternity leave. And for those not ready for kids yet, there’s even such a thing as puppy leave!!

4. Well-being
Work-life balance is just one part of the well-being puzzle, and employers are offering all kinds of perks to help their workforce become the happiest and healthiest they can be. These include free gym memberships, massages, health screenings and resilience or stress management training courses. Dog-friendly offices are also on the rise, as our four-legged friends are seen as powerful motivators that can help alleviate stress and anxiety.

5. Additional perks
To soothe the everyday stresses of working life many companies offer perks like free offices lunches, free (healthy) snacks and drinks, weekly or monthly social events and office games. Companies may also offer travel compensation or access to initiatives like the UK’s Cycle to Work scheme, through which employees can get discounts on bikes and necessary gear.

With so many different perks on offer, it’s important that you find out what’s really important to you. What are your wants and needs? Make a list of priorities and take this with you when conducting your job search.

Source: HN Global