One of the latest trends is to offer employees an array of coverage that helps balance health, work and lifestyle. These benefits include items like pet insurance, student loan repayment plans, financial planning services, identity theft protection and auto insurance.
While your employer may not contribute to this coverage, they often provide access so that you don't have to arrange for it on your own. Sometimes voluntary benefits will be less expensive when organized through your employer than if you were to purchase them independently.
These are just a few of the things job seekers need to take into account when assessing their real compensation with a new employer. Remember, salary isn't the only form of compensation and a good benefits package should be a critical part of your consideration when taking a new job.
Karen English is a founding partner at Spring Consulting Group and an expert in the field of employee benefit, health and productivity.
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