When evaluating your compensation package, don't forget to
include all the "extras." Does your company have
an on-site fitness center or do they subsidize off-site gym
memberships? Is there a subsidized employee cafeteria? Does
the whole staff get taken to Hawaii every year for a sales
meeting? Do you have an expense account? Will they pay for
meals you eat while working overtime? Is there free dry cleaning?
Will they pay for you to go back to school to take continuing
education classes or to get another degree?
Added together, these items can take a chunk out of your
take-home pay if you're footing the bill yourself. To put
a dollar value on them, simply figure out how much you'd have
to pay for the same service(s) and add the total to your bottom
line salary for comparison purposes.
These types of perks have other, non-monetary benefits as
well. A company that brings in a yoga instructor twice a week
or sponsors on-site cooking classes is obviously concerned
about retaining their employees and keeping stress low and