It wasn’t too long ago that the world seemed like it was on the verge of melting down and reverting to some form of tribal system. The global economy was in a tailspin, riots seemed to cover half the world, and job loss was counted by the millions. While not too long ago, today things seem to be just a little bit better. The economy has stabilized, with at least some forward growth, and people have calmed down considerably. The one thing that seems to have had a hard time making a comeback after all of this is benefits. Now I know that for some of us just having a job is the one benefit you need right now and I understand that completely. However, many people forget to consider the cost of working at a particular place.
The Benefits of Benefits
Now when talking about the “Cost” of working for a particular employer, most people get a little confused, consider the location of your job in relation to your home, and how it is you get to work. I personally bike to work about 2.5 miles which takes me 10 minutes and saves me roughly $25 a week in gas. If I were offered a higher paying position somewhere else I’d need to consider not only the commute time, but the commute cost. Could I still take my bike? If not would the pay increase offset my fuel cost?
Another perk of my current job is that, while I’m not paid highly, I do receive quite a few benefits. I have access to a reduced price clinic as part of my employment, and receive free checkups and vaccinations. I also have access to an on-site gym that’s staffed by professional trainers and offers seminars and workshop comparable to any other gym. These services add value beyond my paycheck to my employment, and is something to consider when moving to a new position.
Now if you were offered double the pay I’d completely understand jumping ship. I would gladly pay for my own gym membership at that point. However you should consider the cost, or benefits, before taking new employment. It does you no good to lose perks like your corporate gym membership, health care, or short commute for an extra $30 a week.