Rishi Sunak outlines furlough scheme changes for employers
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Workplace benefits can add value to one’s working life besides a standard pay increase. There are a wide range of potential benefits that an employee could ask for from their employer.
Here are ten benefits that could be requested from one’s employer.
Paid time off
Most employers will offer their employees paid time off, usually in the form of a holiday allowance.
It is important to know what one’s holiday allowance is, with many employers affording their staff two weeks per year.
Many places of work will also allow their employees paid time off during bank holidays, on top of one’s normal holiday allowance.
Different companies will have varying policies on sick leave, so this is something potentially worth asking about as well.
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These benefits could improve your work life (Image: GETTY)
Opportunities for professional development
Some employers may offer to pay for or subsidise an employee’s professional development.
This could be via training courses or seminars, which could boost one’s ability to perform their role and ultimately provide a benefit to the company.
Student loan repayment
It might be possible to ask one’s employer to contribute towards the payment of their student loan debts, on top of their normal salary.
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Some employers offer to offset some of their employees’ travel and commuting costs, and this can be done in multiple ways.
An employer may pay for the petrol costs incurred by commuting to work, or alternatively they may cover one’s mileage.
A company car is another possible benefit for those commuting to work. An employer may also offer to share the cost of a leased car with an employee.
For people who regularly have to use public transport in order to get to work, some employers may cover some of these costs.
Employers may offer to subsidise a health or life insurance plan for an employee.
This could also cover the employee’s husband, wife, partner or other immediate family.
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Benefits for parents
Child care can be very expensive, so it may be possible to ask one’s employer to subsidise some of those costs.
Employees may also be able to negotiate parental leave in order to take care of their children.
Flexible working arrangements
A flexible work arrangement could allow an employee to adjust their work hours from the traditional 9am to 5pm.
This could be in order to take care of one’s children or even a family member who needs support.
It could also take the form of working from home for some or all of the working week, depending on the suitability based on one’s job role.
Flexible working arrangements may be able to be negotiated (Image: GETTY)
Bonuses and incentives
Bonuses and incentives are financial rewards that will be given to an employee if they hit certain targets.
These can be short or long term and can boost one’s salary based on their performance.
It also may be possible to be given a relocation incentive, if one is having to move location for a job role.
These benefits could boost an employee’s general health and therefore their work performance.
This could be done through a company reimbursing one’s gym membership costs, or providing office equipment that reduces the risk of back pain, be it a new chair or a standing desk.
All employers must offer a workplace pension scheme by law. This will help the living expenses of their employees when they can no longer work.