Health insurance costs A LOT these days and sometimes it’s simply not in the chamber’s budget to be able to insure its employees.
But how do you stay competitive with other employers if you can’t provide health insurance?
These chambers have some creative ideas for employee benefits that won’t break your chamber budget.
6 Creative Benefit Ideas for Chambers
If you can’t cover health insurance, there’s no need to ignore all of wellness. At the Kent Chamber of Commerce, they provide a stipend for wellness expenses. It can be used for a gym membership, towards dental or vision insurance, life insurance or other healthcare/wellness costs.
Some chambers give employees a check to offset the cost of healthcare coverage as long as they can show that they are insured.
Extra vacation days are sometimes easier to grant than covering healthcare. Offering a few more days may make your chamber more competitive. Just be straight ahead of time if there are any days they can’t take off due to events.
Your chamber may be in a position to offer flex time (a flexible start time within a certain range of hours) and a finish time based on those hours.
Working from Home
It may not be possible to work from home every day the way some companies can offer but even 1-2 days a month can help people feel like they’re getting some work/life balance. Flexibility is a very in-demand benefit right now.
Offer Everything Else
The most expensive part of a benefits package is healthcare insurance but paying for everything else can take some of the economic burden off of the employee. Some chambers offer dental, vision, and life insurance policies for employees. The staffer then picks up their own health insurance coverage.
What do you offer employees? Share it with the group here.
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