More and more remote companies are starting to offer employee benefits packages. These are the perks remote companies are making available right now.
Until recently, remote work and employee benefits didn't seem to be a mutual thing. You would see some of the bigger remote employers offer packages that are location-locked, and smaller, startup-based roles could be hit or miss. Freelancers and part-time contractors had very little chance of getting access to some sort of employee benefits package.
But with the proliferation of remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic, this is rapidly changing. Nowadays, more and more remote job listings are including a list of employee benefits in their descriptions in order to entice higher-quality candidates. Some companies are even going above and beyond and catering their packages to the digital landscape by offering uniquely-online perks.
If you've ever wondered what benefits you may qualify for when working remotely, you've come to the right place.
In this guide, we'll be covering the basics you can expect from a remote work benefits package, and some of the unique things that differ from the traditional workplace:
Traditional Benefits Packages Versus Remote Work Benefits Packages
When working in a traditional work environment, employees are typically offered a combination of medical and health-related benefits such as life insurance, medical or dental, and pension contributions to name a few. This heavily depends on the country the company operates in, whether there are unions involved or local legislation that ensure employees receive additional benefits on top of their compensation.
Then, there are the benefits packages now being offered by more remote companies. Let's start by saying that there is some crossover here - many remote employers are offering basic insurance and medical packages or additional financial compensation if they are unable to provide those in your home country, enabling you to arrange your own. Since these are pretty standard at this point, we'll be taking a closer look at benefits that are not typical in traditional work environments.
Beyond the basics, there are a few benefits that are unique to remote work and becoming more widespread at the same time.