At Merritt Recruitment we have been very impressed by the range of benefits offered with some of our client’s roles. When speaking to our clients we are often delighted to hear of the amazing extra support that is offered within the role. It is always worth exploring this with your prospective employer as there could be much more on the table than first seems. I am taking a look at the possible employee benefits you could be enjoying with your new employer.
Whilst many large companies offer the benefits of working in excellent local and global team environments, focusing on company goals and objectives, the CIPD advises that ‘Employee benefits offer a way to attract and keep people, contribute towards improving wellbeing and encourage required behaviours, achievements, values and skills' They should give employees options that are relevant, localised and impactful. Superior employee benefits are nothing new for leading chemical companies. It is an industry standard to offer competitive compensation, and opportunities for advancement to attract and retain the best employees, so what does it take to make an outstanding benefits program?
Popular Employee Benefits
Employee Assistance Programme (EAP’S) Employee Assistance Programme’s offer overarching support to employees tailored to their needs where they feel supported emotionally while providing practical help. Employee life events and styles can cause financial difficulties that can be helped with a wide range of support through financial incentives, rewards and benefits, here are some of them:
Training inhouse or outsourced (CIDP credits)
Professional Memberships – OCCA / RSC / SCS
School leaver / apprenticeship schemes - to gain academic qualifications
Sabbatical leave: staff with a certain number of years continuous service may be eligible to apply for up to a number of weeks unpaid leave.
eVouchers for weekly shop, discounts on tech products
Salary Sacrifice Schemes
A good company pension scheme, death in service and life assurance.
Option to carry over annual leave into the next year and or purchase a limited number of additional holidays each year
Give as you earn scheme
Compassionate leave up to 5 days for select family members
Recognition of contribution ‘Extra Mile Award’ reward scheme
Cycle to work scheme
Physical Health - Eyecare, flu vouchers, gym membership, all promoting a culture of Physical Wellness in the Workplace
Work Issues - Workshops
Legal Advice - helplines
Maternity/Paternity Leave As well as the financial aspect offered including dynamic benefits to support and retain new parents may include giving;
Gifts hampers of baby clothes
Nursery benefits and back-up care for parents and carers
Offices with well-appointed “parents rooms”
Costs of adoption or surrogacy
Time Off - In addition to your statutory holidays, you may have some useful extra days
Day off for your birthday!
Employees an extra day off on their child's first day of school
Well Being - Ranging from fruit and refreshments provided within offices to comprehensive helplines available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, structured telephone or face-to-face counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), online health and wellbeing portal.
Flexibility - Working from home as well as flexible working hours outside the traditional 9-5 day
Social Activities Paid volunteering days. Regular social events, e.g. coffee mornings
To summarise, the job advert may say “Benefits”, but that may mean a whole lot more, so you need to ask what they actually are, they might surprise you.
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