I guess it’s the kind of thing you take for granted. A few annoying emails throughout the year entitled “Open Enrollment”, or a new plastic insurance card to change over in your wallet. Here a co-pay, there a co-pay, and how much is your deductable again?? Most employees don’t even look at how much is being taken out of their weekly or bi-weekly paychecks to contribute to these plans. Quick! Tell me how much per month you pay for your family or individual benefits package? Without looking at your last pay stub, I bet the majority of you can’t.
I recently had a mishap on the soccer field. (See my Blogger Bio, I’m quite sporty.) A head ball landed me in the Emergency Room with stitches, a concussion and a broken nose. I’ll spare you the photos. The ER trip was followed by plastic surgeon consultations and then surgery. Now that it’s all said and done, I am back on my feet and looking fabulous again (see my Blogger Profile Pic). But the experience truly made me appreciate my corporate benefits package and insurance privileges. Remember, these aren’t free for you or your employer.
Medical, and Dental, and Vision, oh my! 401k, Life Insurance, these are all overseen by your HR Department. Use this blog post as a friendly reminder- don’t take it for granted, it’s important! When a company offers a comprehensive benefits package, sit up and take notice. You pay for it, and your company pays for it. When you apply for a job, ask questions. Don’t wait until you head butt somebody on the soccer field (or something like that!).
So, I headed over to our friendly HR Department to show off my newly-repaired nose to and to give John, iCIMS’ Benefits Coordinator, a hug. I thanked him for negotiating a top notch insurance plan for all of us, and for working hard to keep iCIMS employees’ health and best interests at heart. I also high-fived Colin, our President and CEO, and thanked him too. After all, we’re in this together.