Understanding Your Benefits - part 4
Our Understanding Your Benefits series has discussed many of the more commonly known benefits but what about those "perks"? They can be just as important, if not more important, to some. So let’s dive in!
The COVID-19 pandemic made remote work a necessity. Now that most companies have reopened their doors, employers realize that remote work can still be a valuable benefit, not just for their employees, but for their company as well. Giving your employees the option to work from home, whether full time or a hybrid schedule, offers them more flexibility and a better work/life balance. Which in turn makes them more productive, less stressed, and more inclined to put in extra effort.
While not all employers will offer remote positions, it’s something you can negotiate. So just ask. Do you offer remote work, either full or part time? Do you allow for virtual meetings? Do you provide equipment or stipends for remote work expenses, such as phone and internet? Whatever you do, don’t wait until you’ve been hired to ask about remote work options.
A flexible schedule means you are allowed to work hours outside of the norm. For example, instead of working Monday thru Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM, you might work 4 ten-hour days. Or perhaps you work 3 hours on, 2 off, 3 on, etc. Whatever the case may be, the pandemic has led more companies to offer more flexible schedules, allowing them to accommodate different time zones or caretaking responsibilities. As with remote work options, this is a perk that you can likely negotiate. Just make sure you are on the same page regarding your work days and hours before you accept the role.
In our final piece of this series we will discuss educational benefits, wellness programs, coaching and mentor programs, as well as diversity and inclusion programs.