Everyone is talking about bonus cuts and upcoming layoffs but what about something that will boost your benefits? Getting more perks from your job is essentially free money and best of all, most of these have no tax consequences for you.
Read the few suggestions below and remember to talk to your human resources department and check out the company internal websites. Another good way to find out is by talking with your coworkers to get an idea of what the company provides. Of course, not every company has all of the ones benefits listed below but it’s worth trying to find out.
Many companies will actually pay for your gym membership (actually, some even have a gym within the workplace). Some companies offer discounts and others will even pay the whole thing in full. Just remember to read the details because while a few will just reimburse you if a receipt is provided, most companies designate fitness clubs that they will subsidies for.
Save Some Money on Commute
Not every company will pick you up from your house with a shuttle to work like Microsoft and Google, but some companies will help you out on your daily commute cost. A popular option is to allow you to put pre-tax money to cover costs like transportation and parking, and I also know people who get help with paying for toll charges on their daily commute.
I remember being very envy of my friend when he worked for ATI and could get video cards for half price. If you work for a company which makes consumer products (clothes, computers, cars etc), make sure to take advantage of their employee discounts.
Also, some companies offer discounts for common items like movie, museum tickets through group buys that you can take advantage of.
A few companies have setup ways for employees to donate unused sick and vacation time to help other employees facing emergencies. In general, if you really need to take time off, find out from your supervisor and the human resources department what options you have. It really never hurts to ask.
Your company could be sponsoring you to study, especially if the courses are job-related. These are great because you get to develop your skills and it’s all free (which could be thousands of dollars a year).
Usually there are rules however that you need to pass the exams (if there are any) so remember not to slack off if you apply.
While big companies usually have more perks, some small companies have some amazing benefits as well. If you don’t find out, how would you know? Try to find out and give yourself an instant raise.