I have come to the horrible realization that I am about four months away from losing access to health and dental benefits.
Growing up, I always idealized workplaces that boasted “fun” perks, such as:
- Beer on tap in the office
- Ping-pong tables
- Bean bag chairs
- Relaxed, Google-esque dress code
- All around fun!
Of course, I still kind of want to have those things–who wouldn’t?–but in the past few years, I’ve started to idealize more practical benefits and perks of workplaces. You know, the ones that actually are necessary for my health and overall well-being.
I’m blessed to live in Canada, which has universal healthcare so broke bois like me can afford to go to the doctor as needed, but dental? Sick days? Prescriptions? That’s another story.
Here’s a list of things I plan to do with these final months that I have access to my mom’s health and dental insurance:
- any dental work I can get done
- get new glasses just for fun-sies
- undergo physiotherapy for the IT band injury I got two years ago and never fully took care of ~oops~
- get orthotic insoles even though I’m not 100 per cent sure I need them?
- back massage? I’m not sure what exactly what my insurance covers
I kind of feel pathetic salivating over the idea of having flexible work hours, reasonable vacation time, healthy work-life balance, gym-membership coverage and health and dental benefits; however, I think part of growing up is understanding the value of practical perks over the flashy ones that don’t help you out in the long term. Basically, I’m becoming a boring person.
And that’s okay.
Comment the best workplace perk you can think of! I would sell my soul for a frequently-refreshed edible arrangement to be available at all times in the office.
Coming up next: What do you mean I can’t wear athleisure everyday?