What You Need to Know About Employee Benefits

Employee benefits are the things a company offers you in addition to regular monthly salary. As the war for talents has long begun, benefits are a way for companies to distinguish themselves from their competitors on the market for new talents. By nature, different companies offer different benefits. While some benefits can be industry-specific, others are more common across the board. Especially when entering the job market for the first time, this can be a jungle that is hard to navigate. Following Forbes’ list of benefits every company should provide, here comes all you need to know about employee benefits!

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The Most Common Employee Benefits

  • Remote work
  • Flexible working hours
  • Free food & beverage at the office
  • Paid family leave
  • Support in your professional development
  • Laptop and/ or Smartphone for work

By now, most of these benefits have generally become standard. So, every company you apply at should offer you all or almost all of these benefits as a given. Especially since Covid, things like flex work and remote work are part of the new normal working life.

The Less Common Employee Benefits

  • A pension plan that goes beyond law recquirements
  • Sabbatical leave
  • Gym membership or onsite fitness center
  • Public transit assistance
  • Dedicated volunteer hours
  • Pet-friendly office
  • Health programs
  • Onsite childcare
  • Profit-sharing
  • 30 paid vacation days
  • Performance bonus
  • Mental health days

These benefits are the ones you should look out for when you have different job offers. Benefits can tell you a lot about a company and the direction in which it’s moving. Some of the available benefits might not be important to you at this moment in your life, but considering them on a more long-term basis can help you make job decisions.

If you are currently applying for a job make sure to check out our articles: What You Need To Know: Negotiating Your Salary For the First Time or 10 Must-Haves for Your Cover Letter.

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