The Best Employer Perks of 2022: Part II

Published: Jan 27, 2022

Topics: Career Readiness       Changing Jobs       Job Search       Salary & Benefits       

Welcome back to our list of the best employer perks of 2022. These perks are perfect for increasing your productivity, relieving financial burden, and improving your overall quality of life. If you haven’t read part one of this list you can check it out here. Now, without further ado, let’s continue our list of the best employer perks of 2022.

 

Employer Paid Healthcare

Healthcare costs can be enough to break the bank, and those costs are always rising. While most employers offer benefits packages that include health insurance, you’re still spending a good portion of your paycheck on said insurance. Some employers have started to offer fully paid healthcare, which means that your employer will be covering the entire cost of your health insurance. You read that right – your employer will fully cover your healthcare. This is huge, and it means you’ll have a lot more money in your pocket each month.

 

Student Loan Repayment

This is another big one. If you’re a recent graduate, you’ve likely just been slammed with crippling debt in the form of student loans. Happily, some employers are offering aid in repaying student loans for their associates, which is a trend that began prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. In recent years, the student loan assistance program was expanded with The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 to allow employers to provide employees with student loan repayment as a tax-free benefit through December 2025.

 

Continuing Education Programs

Being an expert in your field takes more than just a degree and experience; staying relevant is key to your success. Many companies offer continuing education programs that help keep you up to date and on the cutting edge, usually by footing the bill or by offering reimbursement for work-related education. This is the type of gift that keeps on giving, as the knowledge gained lasts forever and will be invaluable as you navigate your career.

 

Parental Leave

In recent years more and more companies have started to offer paternity leave for new fathers, so if you are thinking of starting a family in the near future this perk would be something to watch out for. With paternal leave, a new mother and father can choose to take their leave at the same time, or trade off. Paternal leave has been proven to reduce stress, and improves the health and development outcomes for children. If you’re very lucky, you may find an employer that provides both this perk and the next one on the list.

 

Childcare Assistance

Early childhood daycare can be incredibly expensive, so it would be extremely advantageous to take any help you can get. Some companies have started providing aid for childcare in the form of credits, or by outright covering the costs all together. In addition to this, some employers offer on-site day care for the children of their employees. Either one of these options is a huge money saver.

 

Pet Insurance/Pet Friendly Offices

Pets! Yes, our fuzzy friends can also benefit from some employers. Certain companies have begun offering pet insurance as part of their benefits packages, which can help alleviate the high costs of visits to the vet. Additionally, you may find some companies are now pet-friendly, allowing employees to bring their pets to work, and in some cases even retaining their own four-legged associates on the premises. Studies show that pet-friendly offices help to reduce employee stress, while providing other benefits such as improving cardiovascular health and decreasing symptoms that are associated with mental health conditions.

 

There you have it! Our list of the best employer perks in 2022, all wrapped up. A company that offers each and every one of these benefits might be something of a rarity; however, this list should help you determine which set of benefits works best for your own lifestyle, as well as for your personal and professional goals. The takeaway is that you can often strike a rather balanced relationship with your employer in terms of the ways in which you work for one another.

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