There is a favorite quote that states that if you make your passion your work, you will not have to work for a single day in your entire life. Many people are stuck in careers that aren’t fulfilling and enjoyable simply because they pay the bills. The end result of such careers is usually burnout whereby the employee reaches a point a few years down the line and they just quit. To avoid such eventualities, look for a job with perks that makes it worth the trouble. Below are the employment perks that you should be looking forward to in 2018 and beyond.
1. Flexible work hours
There is nothing that contributes to the burn out syndrome more than the fixed 9-5 schedule that is characteristic of most employers. If you want to escape this, look for the companies that value the output of their employees more than the number of hours one is glued to their desk every day. The best way to figure out how strict the employer is about the hours is checking whether there are schedules where employees check in and out of their offices and asking whether it is possible to have a telecommuting arrangement. If the answer is yes, then you can take advantage and work from the comfort of your home whenever you do not feel like going into the office.
2. Commuter benefits
Not many employers think about the amount of gas that you use every morning when stuck in the jam, or the parking costs and other related taxes. When looking for a job, many people are forced to think that all these are costs that they should meet from their own pockets. When looking for a job, find the employer that will at least offer commuter benefits in the form of a tax subsidy or a pre-tax payroll that will help pay for the extra cost you are forced to meet.
3. Generous paid time off
Most people in the corporate world get into a system whereby all they care about is billing hours and the more the hours one bills, the better their chances of getting to the top of the ladder. This has consequently led to people getting lifestyle diseases such as heart attacks, conditions that they have to manage with the same money that they are trying so hard to earn. The irony of the entire situation is that a sick person will not have the great quality of life they expect to after earning the money and prestige. It therefore seems much smarter to get an employer that gives you an opportunity to live a little, unwind and relax while getting paid at the same time.
4. Student loan repayment options
It is impossible to ignore the rising crisis that is the issue of college loans. Millenials everywhere agree that the company that allows them to repay their loans flexibly and even possibly get discounts for loan refinancing are the best. When you refinance, you get a new loan and different terms, which at times means a lower interest rate.
5. Warm and fun office environment
Other perks that you can look for when selecting the next work place include wellness programs such as gym memberships, pet friendly offices, a break room with gaming tables (like foosball) and free food (plus good coffee). While these may seem petty and inconsequential, you will realize with time how much better your day turns out when you are working in a place where it is allowed to take your lovely little pet or blow off some steam by beating a co-worker in a heated game of ping pong. Not having to think about what you will have for lunch the next day will also lower your stress levels significantly. When you take all these perks into consideration, getting the ideal workplace in the new year will be a piece of cake.