Top 13 Employee benefits to consider when working at a retail store

Every company has a way to keep or should keep employees satisfied. At retail stores, a satisfied salesman will work his ass off to help his customers and get his target. He should feel as if he is working in his own stores.

Below are some of the Employee benefits, you should look when applying for a job or make the most of it if you are already working there.

1. Room for growth

As an employee, one of your main goals is to increase your experience and/or hierarchy. At retail stores, you need to find if you have the option to work in different positions. It’s nice to gain skills with dealing with customers, working as a cashier, or organizing in the backend knowing were everything goes.

At the same, your title and salary/hourly wage must be at least yearly checked and if you are doing well should increase,(become a supervisor and after that managerial position)

2. Trust

One of the main Employee benefits of a retail store, or in fact any company can give an employee is trust. Employees always have some fresh ideas which they get while working at a place, and sometimes these ideas are helpful if implemented. SO if their superior managers listen to the ideas and consider it, it makes an employee feel trusted and motivates him. Employees with a saying are more productive and their work environment is much healthier.

3. Flexible schedule

This is one of the important benefits you should take into consideration. Especially if you have a family, and want to take your kids to school, or taking a course and cant miss your class. Macy’s has an amazing choice in scheduling your working hours, you could work twice a week or work full time.

4. Recognition

It’s an amazing feeling when you can get recognized by your manager for something you worked hard for and tried to earn it. It will keep you motivated and know that you are on the right track. In addition, it spices the work environment and makes it more competitive.

5. Health Insurance

Employees need to check what kind of health coverage they get. Does it include dental and vision insurance? As we all know, teeth problems can be very expensive to fix. It’s not smart to get a higher wage but don’t get insurance where a small health problem can (hopefully never happens) can wipe your entire savings.

6. Tuition Assitance

If you are planning to continue your high school or college degree, there are many retail companies that are willing to help with tuition fees. Why not get paid for working and in some cases getting paid for your education. For example, Walmart is always investing in its employee’s education, you can check what they offer at Live Better U.

7. 401-k and retirement plan

There a lot of plans for 401-k, but any of them is better than none. It is nice to save your money, get it invested at an early age, have an also a plan for your retirement. As you don’t want to have to worry about living at an elderly age. I won’t go in detail about which plans are better as it usually depends on the employee’s age, spending, and savings and if the employer pitch some with the plan.

8. ownership

Imagine getting paid for working, but at the same time being the part-owner of a place through employee stock ownership plans. You don’t need anyone to motivate you and will work hard and be caring to benefit the company which will in turn benefit you.

9. vacation and time off

Most retail stores are following the trend to give their employees a paid time off, specifically for those who have been working at least a year with them. But sometimes retailers are going one extra step, where they have an exclusive paid vacation package for the employee and his family. These types of benefits attract more employees to apply for their companies, and they have variety of candidates to choose from.

10. Employee Discount

There are a lot of retail companies that offer discounts on the products they sell. Here are examples of discounts at some of the known retail companies. Some of those companies offer 50% off retail prices on their products.

11. Gym Membership

There are other kinds of discount, some retail stores have an agreement with Gyms that give their employees a discount or a free membership. Although the amount is not that large to get a membership, its a motivation to start exercising and living a healthy lifestyle.

12. Social Interaction

Working at a retail store is one of the best places to improve your social skills. You will deal with customers and coworkers your entire working hours especially if you are working on holiday seasons. It will also build patience as you know not all customers have the same personality.

13. Job training

One of the key areas to your success is to keep improving yourself and one way is by getting trained on-site or at a different place. There are many retailers who send their employees to train on new software that they are implementing or a new skill to learn if they are planning to give them a higher position.

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