PERKING UP THE WORKERS
When between jobs or considering a change, many people focus on the hourly rate or salary they want. But some things can be more important than cash compensation. A flexible schedule or the ability to work from home several days a week can be worth hundreds or thousands in saved time, gasoline, and wear and tear on a car or transit costs. Health plans and meals can add up to thousands in savings as well. Companies offer benefits to attract and retain employees, but people may not be aware of a benefit or understand it, or may have forgotten about it after starting the job. Here are 17 money- and time-saving perks to look for at a company.