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21 perks at work you can get on top of your pay๐ŸŽ‰

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21 perks at work you can get on top of your pay๐ŸŽ‰ –

Introduction ๐Ÿ‘‹

When it comes to getting a job, how much you get paid is really important. ๐Ÿ’ต


Sometimes workplaces won’t increase pay – but might offer you other perks instead. ๐ŸŽ

These perks could even be worth more than a pay rise!

Today we’re going to show you 21 other benefits that you can get from a job, that don’t involve your pay.

1. Paid holidays ๐Ÿ–๏ธ

How many days would you want to take off work every year – but still get paid?

20? 25?

Why not even 30? ๐Ÿ“†

Some organisations will give you extra paid holiday days off work (Also called “annual leave”. )

You might even get a bonus day off for your birthday. ๐Ÿฅณ

2. Discounts ๐Ÿท๏ธ

Love a good discount? ๐Ÿ’ธ

Lots of workplaces will give you discounts!

You might get discounts on things like:

  • Clothes ๐Ÿ‘•
  • Food and drink ๐Ÿ”
  • Supermarket shopping ๐Ÿ›’
  • Holidays ๐Ÿ–๏ธ
  • Transport ๐Ÿš„

3. Free food and drinks ๐Ÿ•

Do you love free food and drinks? ๐Ÿฅค๐Ÿง

Lots of workplaces might offer things like:

  • Free tea, coffee and fruit ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŠ๐ŸŒ
  • Pizza parties ๐Ÿ•
  • Drink fridges ๐Ÿฅค
  • Free meals ๐Ÿ›

4. Eye tests ๐Ÿ‘€

It’s important to look after your eye health, and some employers help with this! ๐Ÿง

You could be offered things like:

  • Free eye tests (paid for by your workplace) ๐Ÿค“
  • Discounts on (or free) glasses ๐Ÿ˜Ž

5. Bonuses ๐Ÿ’ท

Who loves free, extra money? ๐Ÿ’ธ

Whilst it might not be possible to increase your pay/salary permanently, a workplace might offer you bonuses as a reward.

These could be up to several thousand pounds! ๐Ÿ’ฐ

Some workplaces might even give you a bonus every year.

6. Flexible pay ๐Ÿ’ณ

Want to get paid more regularly? ๐Ÿ”

Some workplaces will let you choose how frequently you’re paid. ๐Ÿ’ธ

This could mean getting paid every week, 2 weeks, or monthly! ๐Ÿ“†

7. Pension contributions๐Ÿ’ฐ

Pension schemes are a type of long-term savings plan. ๐Ÿท

You save some of your pay regularly whilst you’re working. ๐ŸŒฑ

This gives you money to live off in later life, when you want to work less or retire. ๐ŸŒณ

There are different types of pension schemes

Some might be set up by your employer, others you can set up by yourself. ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ

If your employer sets up a pension for you this is called a workplace pension. ๐Ÿ’ผ

A lot of workplaces offer free pension contributions, depending how much you put in. ๐Ÿ’ธ

For example, if you pay 8% of your salary into your pension savings, your employer might double that, meaning every year an amount equal to 16% of your salary is going towards retirement. ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

How cool is that? ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

That could be a crazy amount of free money from your employer, which might grow over time with your pension investments ๐Ÿค‘๐Ÿชด

Why pensions are important โœ…

It is important to consider investing in pensions because they:

  • give you a steady income for the rest of your life ๐ŸŒ‡
  • help to make sure that your family is taken care of financially ๐Ÿ‘ช
  • give you security and peace of mind when you’re retired ๐Ÿง˜
  • help you build wealth over time (people can make a lot of money from pension investments!) ๐Ÿ“ˆ

8. Bike schemes ๐Ÿšฒ

Do you love cycling? ๐Ÿšตโ€โ™€๏ธ

Some workplaces will help you to cycle by offering you things like:

  • Free bikes to ride to work
  • Discounts on bikes
  • Loans to buy a bike

9. Fun! ๐Ÿช…

Work can take up a lot of your time and energy.

It can feel really draining if work isn’t fun! ๐Ÿ˜ญ

Workplaces can make work more fun by doing things like:

  • organising social events ๐Ÿน
  • giving you games rooms e.g. table tennis, snooker, consoles ๐ŸŽฎ
  • having a casual dress code ๐Ÿ‘•
  • organising sports days ๐ŸŽพ
  • giving you opportunities to be creative at work ๐ŸŽจ
  • playing music ๐ŸŽต
  • organising team holidays ๐Ÿ–๏ธ
  • letting everyone finish early on Fridays โŒš

10. Healthcare ๐Ÿฉบ

When you’re ill, getting private healthcare can make a huge difference. ๐Ÿค’

It might mean that you get treatments more quickly, or that you’ll be made more comfortable when you’re unwell. ๐Ÿ›Œ

Some workplaces might pay for private healthcare for you, or offer discounts on private healthcare. ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€โš•๏ธ

11. Gyms ๐Ÿ‹๏ธ

Do you love going to the gym? ๐Ÿ’ช

Some workplaces will help you spend time at the gym by:

  • putting gyms at the office ๐Ÿข
  • giving you free gym memberships
  • offering you discounts on gym memberships ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ

12. Training ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿซ

If you’ve got career goals, a lot of workplaces can help you reach them. ๐Ÿ†

Work can help you with training by:

  • Paying for you to do training courses and qualifications
  • Helping you get professional certificates (sometimes even university degrees! ๐ŸŽ“)
  • Giving you time off work to study (sometimes they’ll still pay you as well!) ๐Ÿ“š
  • Letting you “shadow” other people at work to learn from them
  • Giving you work experience in other parts of the workplace ๐Ÿ’ผ

13. Flexi time โŒš

Do you love having lie ins? ๐Ÿ›Œ๐Ÿ˜ด

Or maybe you’re someone who likes to work early in the morning, to have more time free later on? ๐ŸŒ…

Some workplaces will give you “flexi time” – so that you can change your working hours, to be more flexible.

This could include things like:

  • Working longer hours so that you can take more days off
  • Starting work earlier in the day
  • Finishing work earlier in the day
  • Adjusting your work hours to suit childcare

14. Travel โœˆ๏ธ

Do you want to travel the world? ๐ŸŒ

Some workplaces will help you travel!

Your workplace could help you travel by:

  • Having different offices around the world for you to visit ๐Ÿข
  • Making travel part of your role ๐Ÿ›ฅ๏ธ
  • Paying for company “away days” in different locations
  • Giving you discounts on travel e.g. unlimited bus passes, train tickets ๐Ÿš†
  • Paying for you to do training abroad
  • Giving you a company car ๐Ÿš—

15. Charity support ๐ŸŒ

Do you love supporting charity?

Some workplaces will help you to support charities by doing things like:

  • Regular fundraising for charity ๐Ÿ’ท
  • Giving you paid time off to volunteer for charity ๐Ÿค—

16. Culture ๐Ÿค—

Some workplaces will work really hard to create an atmosphere where you feel valued, respected, and supported on the job.

This is called the “workplace culture“.

Wellbeing ๐Ÿ’–

Some workplaces will go above and beyond to support your wellbeing! ๐Ÿš€

This can involve things like:

  • Offering mental health days off work ๐Ÿง 
  • Setting up “Employee Assistance Programmes” that offer things like free legal advice, wellbeing advice, and counselling
  • Giving staff “wellbeing days” to take a break ๐Ÿ–๏ธ
  • Training managers on how to support your wellbeing at work
  • Encouraging employees to stay active at work, and take regular breaks ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ

Inclusivity ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆโœŠ๐Ÿฟ

The research is in. ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฟโ€๐Ÿ”ฌ

Diverse organisations (organisations full of lots of different people), are more likely to be successful. ๐Ÿ†

This means that workplaces are really keen to support people who are different and make you feel included, regardless of your:

  • Age ๐Ÿง“
  • Gender ๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿคโ€๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿพ
  • Ethnicity ๐Ÿ’–
  • Religion ๐Ÿ™
  • Disability โ™ฟ
  • Sexual orientation ๐ŸŒˆ
  • Education ๐ŸŽ“
  • National origin ๐ŸŒ

This can involve things like:

  • Supporting LGBTQIA+ events like Pride Month ๐ŸŒˆ
  • Giving people flexible work hours โŒš
  • Supporting religious holidays and significant days ๐Ÿ™
  • Creating diversity networks, to help people to connect e.g. women’s networks, BAME networks, LGBTQIA+ networks
  • Encouraging people to mentor and learn from each other e.g. “reverse mentoring”, where younger people mentor older people ๐Ÿ’ž
  • Ensuring that office spaces are accessible for disabilities e.g. braille signs, wheelchair accessibility
  • Educating employees about diversity, and how to be inclusive ๐Ÿซ‚๐ŸŒ
  • Making sure that hiring, promotion and dismissal decisions don’t discriminate against people e.g removing names/ages/gender/addresses from job applications
  • Supporting people’s choice in which pronouns (e.g. they/them/she/her/he/him) they want to be called – some organisations encourage staff to put their preferred pronouns on their name badges (if they’re comfortable) instead of assuming them ๐Ÿ’–
  • Offering non-gendered bathrooms (bathrooms which anyone can use)๐Ÿšป๐Ÿšฝ

17. Job sharing ๐Ÿค

If you want more free time, but don’t want to quit your job, some workplaces will let you start a job share!

This means that the organisation will hire an extra person to “share” your job with you.

You could halve your work hours, without needing to quit! โŒš

18. Company shares ๐Ÿฐ

If you work for a business, they might be able to offer you company shares.

This means that you would own small slices of the business. ๐Ÿ”ช

You could sell these slices of the business to make money! ๐Ÿ’ธ

Over time the value of these “company slices” might increase, so you could make a lot of money from selling them ๐Ÿ’ฐ

19. Pet friendly workplaces ๐Ÿถ

Have you got a furry friend that you’d like to take to work with you? ๐Ÿˆ

Some workplaces are pet friendly, so you can bring your pet to work!

20. Working from home ๐Ÿ 

If you hate commuting to work, there are places that will let you work from the comfort of your own home! ๐Ÿ›‹๏ธ

21. Career ladders ๐Ÿชœ

If you’re keen to “move up the career ladder” quickly to earn more money, some workplaces offer regular opportunities to get promoted. ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ผ๐Ÿ’ธ

Conclusion ๐Ÿ‘

So that’s it!

You can get extra job perks like:

  1. Paid holidays ๐Ÿ–๏ธ
  2. Discounts ๐Ÿท๏ธ
  3. Free food and drinks ๐Ÿ•
  4. Eye tests ๐Ÿ‘€
  5. Bonuses ๐Ÿ’ท
  6. Flexible pay ๐Ÿ’ณ
  7. Pension contributions๐Ÿ’ฐ
  8. Bike schemes ๐Ÿšฒ
  9. Fun! ๐Ÿช…
  10. Healthcare ๐Ÿฉบ
  11. Gyms ๐Ÿ‹๏ธ
  12. Training ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿซ
  13. Flexi time โŒš
  14. Travel โœˆ๏ธ
  15. Charity support ๐ŸŒ
  16. Culture ๐Ÿค—
  17. Job sharing ๐Ÿค
  18. Company shares ๐Ÿฐ
  19. Pet friendly workplaces ๐Ÿถ
  20. Working from home ๐Ÿ 
  21. Career ladders ๐Ÿชœ

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