Every single employee, no matter their gender, age or culture, should be entitled to certain things from their employer. When looking for a job, it’s important to consider the benefits of one particular role over another.
If you are already in a job, then you may not be receiving certain benefits you are entitled to. Some, like holidays, are a legal requirement while others are merely a bonus. Any decent employer will treat their staff with the utmost care, so it’s worth considering how important these benefits are to you.
Sickness or illness pay
If you are unable to work because you are ill, you employer is legally obligated to provide you with a certain amount of money per week. This is your sick pay, and it will help you run your home when you fall ill or become injured.
Some countries, like the US, have sick pay that varies from city to city. Other countries, like the UK, have a fixed amount set by the government. No matter your location, you are likely entitled to something – so do your research. There are many sources that give this information, whether it’s paywizard.orgpaid-sickleave or gov.uk/statutory-sickpay. If you know what you’re entitled to, you’ll be in a better position to challenge unfair treatment.
Support and counselling
Many employees have stress and life problems interfering with the workplace, and many employers offer help with this. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, contact your employer and see if there’s anything they can do to help you out in your time of need. There’s a tonne of support, from http://www.healthassured.org/employee-assistance-programmes/ to company-specific schemes. Stress is becoming a major concern among many companies, and it’s not unheard of to see them offer this kind of support.
Your employer should be offering you a set number of holiday days throughout the year. Some companies offer 28, some offer 35, and many offer in between. Anything below that 28 figure is very rare, so if you feel like this is unfair, make your voice heard!
If you were to pass away, your family will receive a lump sum to cover any costs – at least, if you have life insurance. Many employers include this in their package, and it’s rare to see it go amiss. This is a dealbreaker for many people who are job hunting, as it covers their loved ones in the event the worst should happen. The sum is tax-free too, and the amount will be stipulated in your contract.
And lastly, you have to be sure that your employer values you. This is arguably the number one thing to look for in a benefits package. Is the role long-term, and are there any severance packages? Can your employer suddenly lay you off? Is landing your dream job worth the lack of job security it provides? Probably not.
So, in short, consider the pros and cons of each job. Think long-term, not short-term. Imagine yourself in five years. If you require certain support, be sure you have it. Above all, be happy in your role and it’ll be all the better for you.