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The Little Extras That Make a Big Difference in the Workplace

If you’re looking for a new job, it soon becomes obvious that the task is not a simple one. Usually, it isn’t because you can’t get the application process right and secure an interview, but more the weight of expectations.

When you choose a position, you could be in that company’s employ for a long time. As such, you want to make sure it is the best possible role before you sign on the dotted line. However, rather than viewing this as a pitfall, look at it as an opportunity: quite simply, you have the power to locate a dream job by searching for the features that mean the most.

If you don’t know where to start, looking for the following little extras are as good a place as any:

Flexi Time

In most organisations, coming in late and making the time up at the end of the day isn’t a possibility. You either turn up on time or don’t turn up at all. Of course, those of you with a family will find this rule pretty repugnant. After all, your life revolves around the kids and not the workplace. As such, a small favour like this goes a long way in your work/life balance. For example, you don’t have to fall out with the boss or suffer a fine for being late. And, you can set up childcare for later in the day rather than earlier, which is far easier. Flexi time mainly means you don’t have to rush around on a daily basis and worry about the kids.

Employee Personal Program

The company Health Assured might not ring any bells, but it is a name to watch out for in the future. The reason for this is it is a sign your employer has an Employee Personal Program. They might call it something else such as an ‘Employee Assistance Program’, but it’s the same thing. The name isn’t important, but what is important is why it makes a difference: in short, your ability to receive help in times of need. No-one likes to admit it, but there are times when life gets too much and work piles on the pressure. Rather than bottling it up, you can open up about your troubles with a program like EAP. At the very least, it will get your boss off your back and give you breathing space.

Good Holidays

People often joke they want to become a teacher for the summer off. After all, annual leave is attractive. Whilst it might not be appealing enough to deal with demanding pupils for eighty hours a week, holiday allowance does have an impact. In simple terms, a person needs time off from work to relax and forget about the rigours of life. Yes, there are laws in place which mean it is a legal requirement, yet the average is only 28 days a year in the UK. So, out of 52 weeks, you will work 48, and that is far too many. The goal is to find an employer that allows you more than 35 days every calendar year. Anything else is a bonus.

Comprehensive Insurance

Now, in Britain, company health plans are not as widespread as in other countries. For example, Americans think a health care plan is essential because they have to pay their medical bills. Thanks to the NHS, Brits don’t have the same issue. Still, the National Health Service doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t put your health first. To begin with, the service in this country is not at the standard most people would expect. So, private healthcare is an excellent way to get the treatment you deserve. Plus, there are things everyone has to pay for, even if it is on the NHS. Dental treatment is an example, yet there is no need to pay if the company include it in your policy.

Career Progression

Everyone will say this is not a small extra; it’s a big one. But, how many times do you choose a job because of the chances of promotion? Usually, people see the yearly wage and the dental plan and sign on the dotted line. A word of warning: zero of the above is beneficial if your career isn’t going to go anywhere. Yes, you might enjoy the benefits for a while, but you will only end up searching for a new job when you hit a glass ceiling.

Above everything else, career progression is the most important factor to consider.

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