If you’re thinking about your next healthcare job or legal job, non-financial perks should be considered. And with a shift in how people view work away from just the base salary as a key determinant, these perks are important.
When searching for a healthcare job or legal job, hoping for a role that we can be passionate about, committed to and that will help us progress professionally are often priorities. But the next consideration is usually salary, and fair enough too!
Everyone deserves a salary commensurate with their skills and background, and besides, we all have to pay the bills somehow, right? However, there is a shift in how people view work away from just using the base salary as a key determinant in whether to take a role or not. A Harvard Business review article revealed some surprising results.
So, let’s dive a little deeper into some of these factors that anyone looking for their next healthcare job or legal job should also think about before being dazzled by a top salary or may be turned off by a lower one.
After a year like 2020 where large chunks of the workforce (except our amazing frontline healthcare workers) got to work from home (WFH), this shift in how we work meant many realised the joy of not having to grind through the daily commute.
As we slowly return to working back at the office, more people looking for a healthcare job or legal job will think about how to minimise the time needed to get to work. They may also consider moving to smaller towns or cities where they can reduce commute time or only take roles that are WFH.
Landing yourself a role where the organisation is committed to a healthy work-life balance could end up being the difference between loving a job and finding yourself looking for the next one!
That’s not to say you should have an expectation of no over-time or of there being periods where the work-life balance is off-kilter, or that working exceptionally hard is a bad thing, but the shift to assessing work-life balance is definitely on.
Thanks to the wonders of the internet, when you are looking for your next healthcare or legal job, doing your research about it is easier than ever before. And it’s important!
Understanding a company’s values and who is employed there is a great way to get a feel for whether you are a good fit for the company and vice versa. Pour over the company’s website where you can often find lengthy “about” pages or values and vision statements, as well as employee profile pages.
You can also use Linked In or sites like Glassdoor to read reviews on companies.
A minor caveat with sites like Glassdoor is that while you will find a mix of positive and negative reviews, there is a tendency for those who have left a company after a bad experience to find a place on the internet to voice their feelings.
This isn’t to say these reviews are unwarranted or unfair, but it means you should never base your judgement of a prospective employer solely on such reviews.
From the moment we are old enough to walk or talk, knowing that doing a ‘good thing’ will draw praise becomes almost hardwired into us.
This means that taking a healthcare job or legal job in a company or organisation that has recognition and praise as part of its culture may end up being important for some workers. Given that many organisations conduct regular performance reviews, discussing this in an interview might help you determine if the job is for you.
While this might not be overly prevalent when it comes to healthcare jobs or legal jobs, some companies will offer programs that offer physical rewards and discounts, often based on merit. This could take the form of gift cards, vouchers or actual physical rewards, but can also be annual all-expenses-paid trips for top performers.
Tied into company culture, management style can be a make or break factor for some. While it’s maybe one of the more difficult aspects of a workplace to understand prior to working there, you might pick up clues in your interview or when doing your company's cultural fit research.
This guide to workplace styles might help you understand the signs to look out for when trying to ascertain a prospective employer’s management style.
Depending on where you are with your healthcare or legal career, professional growth and learning opportunities could be something you feel is super important when choosing your next healthcare job or legal job. Asking about this in an interview won’t be out of place and might even get you bonus points as it shows your desire to improve your skills and commit more long-term to the organisation.
There are also a range of more general perks that might come your way, such as:
- Wellness programs (think yoga, tai-chi, discounted gym memberships and meditation)
- Healthcare cover
- Extra paid leave
- Discounted or free childcare
- Public transport discounts
- Stock/equity options
Fringe benefits tax (FBT)
The one thing to consider with perks is fringe benefits and FBT. While FBT is the employer’s responsibility, you do need to declare fringe benefits to the ATO at tax time.
Given the employer is paying FBT, it could mean the salary attached to the job is slightly lower to balance this out. But on the positive side, a lower salary also means you pay less tax but are getting some benefits that balance out the lower salary. Could be a win-win!
To perk or not to perk?!
While there is no hard and fast rule about whether you should take a job with more perks over one with a higher salary, Gorilla Jobs always recommends taking a step back from the salary bottom line and think about the job in total.
We always aims to get you into a job that you love, pays well and has the perks most important to you, so when you’re looking for your next role either through our healthcare recruitment or legal recruitment divisions, make it part of your discussion with us.
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