It’s Not Just About The Money

Okay job seekers, let’s talk about WIIFM (What’s In It For Me). You are looking for a position in your career, to grow within a company, stretch your ability, learn new skills and be successful. Well, at least that is what I look for in a position as I want to be challenged and make an impact on my company.

What do you truly review when you are looking at a new position? Obviously the job itself, definitely the salary requirements as well as the benefits that are provided. But how deep do you ask about benefits.

Yes, health benefits (medical, dental, vision, disability), retirement contributions as well as vacation/holiday/PTO days are all important to make sure you understand. Do you ask deeper, probing questions about additional or non-high profile benefits?

Think about a few other key benefits you should be asking about and wanting insight to from a company:

  • Business Attire – Although you most likely paid attention to this during the interview process it is always good to reconfirm at the start.
  • Core Business Hours – Make sure you know what hours you are expected to either be in the office or be available. Many of us continue to do work after hours but core hours are another topic important to consider.
  • Company Culture – Yes, company culture is an absolute selling point for many of us. It is important to like (not Facebook “like”) who you work with and how the team works together. It isn’t fun going to work and feeling like you are on an island. Working from Home – A great benefit as this will save on gas, car wear-and-tear, dry cleaning and other expenses. It might even be a tax write off for some people.
  • Corporate Discounts – Companies partner together for mutual benefit. Companies such as Dell and HP will offer corporate discounts for employees purchasing computers or accessories; Brooks Brothers offers a clothing discount. Local stores may also contribute for gym memberships, car repair discounts, and more.
  • Travel – Is travel required for this position? Travel could be a positive or negative given each individuals circumstances.
  • Additional Benefits – Ask the question, “are there any other benefits I am unaware that employees receive?” Could be an on-site cafeteria, dry cleaning services, or free memberships to whatever.

If you don’t ask, companies will not tell you everything. They may try to, but do your best to learn in advance.

Get a complete picture of a position and a company before you make a decision. It is your career and (hopefully) you will be there for at least a few years. Make the right decision and look at the complete package… it could actually add to the value of the opportunity.

Photo credit to WebRewards

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About kufarms
10 years in HR and recruiting both in the corporate and agency worlds. Corporate Recruiter and Socail Media Strategist. Looking to share and discuss topics as well as hopefully provide some thought. Dad of 2 with a loving wife.

3 Responses to It’s Not Just About The Money

  1. brablc says:

    I fully agree with the first 3 points. Flexible working hours, flexible workplace attire and a culture that you are proud of are some of the most important factors for myself.

    It’s important to take a step back and really identify what makes working at your company special and then highlight it when talking to candidates.

    Thanks for the link-back!

  2. kufarms says:

    I appreciate the comment and glad to link back to your great post! There is so much more to consider and I don’t think enough people look at the entire picture.

    Thanks again!

  3. Ben Martinez says:

    Keith–Good insight.

    I would also stress to job seekers to first find out what brings them happiness. They can do this by developing a clear vision of their purpose in life (i.e., family/friends/health/successful job/do stuff that is exciting).

    I believe you touched on some of these items, but I felt the need to stress it more. It is a sad sight to see when someone gets that high paying job, but lacks the chance to learn, grow in responsibilities, contribute to others and be recognized for their achievements. See Frederick Herzberg for more on motivating. He was a psychologist and wrote a well known HBR article on motivation back in the 60s.

    Good post and look forward to more.

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