Pictures the scene – you’re at work, you’re snuggled up in one of the nap pods with the office dog, having just enjoyed a cold beer and a pretty tense game of ping pong with your colleagues. Sounds like a great day at work, right?
Fun perks and playful workspaces have become increasingly popular in recent years, with businesses introducing features like beer fridges, beanbag chairs, cinema rooms and on site yoga classes. But are these perks really all they’ve cracked up to be?
While it’s vital that you enjoy your job and the company you work for, there are some workplace perks that can make a real difference to your lifestyle. As such, we’ve put together a list of the top five you should consider when looking for your next job.
One of the perks that is becoming most popular amongst professionals is flexible working. In fact, it’s reported that job hunters have begun turning down offers from companies that don’t include this as a benefit.
This might be the ability to work from home or remotely, or adopting flexi-time hours which allow you to start and finish earlier depending on your needs.
Whichever you choose, flexible working enables you to better fit your job around your personal life. It can be helpful for those who have families, long commutes or simply wish to work from home one day a week.
As it’s a great way to help you achieve a good work-life balance, it should be high up on your list of perks when searching for your next role.
Discounts are always great; who doesn’t love saving money! But there are some staff discounts in particular that can have a really positive impact on your life.
Savings such as reduced (or free) gym memberships can help you to stay healthy. Similarly, discounts for local business or even for supermarkets can help to reduce your monthly spending and stretch your pay packet.
Times are tough for many and it’s therefore good to look out for any discounts or subsidiaries that potential employers have on offer.
Paid sick leave
Not the most exciting of perks, but this really can make a difference if you fall ill. Sadly, unless you’re entitled to Illness Benefit, there is no legal obligation for employers to pay you when you’re unwell. This in turn encourages lots of professionals to show up to work, despite being sick.
After all, if you can’t afford to take an unpaid day, then you’ll just have to suck it up and show up for work, right?
But presenteesim is bad news for both businesses and the staff involved. So when deciding on your next role, seriously consider looking for somewhere that offers paid sick leave. It could just help you in your time of need.
Some companies have begun to offer unlimited annual leave to their employees. While this is not a common occurrence and it’s unlikely that you’ll find a company offering this, holiday allowance is an important perk to consider when job hunting.
Finding a company that offers a generous amount of annual leave is not just about being able to stay away from the office. Instead it proves that the business values the wellbeing and work-life balance of its employees. As such, it’ll probably be a great employer.
Plus, a decent amount of holiday allowance gives you the option to use this time wisely, so you can relax, unwind and recharge before heading back to work.
A strong pension
Again, not the most exciting perk to consider, but it’s important to look out for your future with a good pension.
All businesses will have to contribute the minimum amount set out by the government. After that, it’s up to your employer if they choose to increase their contribution to your pension.
When job hunting, consider businesses who offer this type of investment in their staff. It proves they care and are supporting their employees in very real and helpful ways.
Have you considered these workplace perks?
There is a lot to consider when finding a job: salary, company culture, your daily responsibilities, commute times and of course, workplace perks. Therefore, this is not a decision to make lightly.
Throughout your search, look out for businesses with strong employer brands and those who offer great workplace perks. What’s more, don’t be afraid to ask about these during the recruitment process!
While there’s a huge range of perks you could benefit from, consider the five perks above before accepting any job offer.