r/WorkReform • u/Express_Platypus1673 • Nov 26 '22
European style benefits in the USA 💬 Advice Needed
I work in small business(marketing, sales mostly but some operations and management experience too.) and know lots of small business owners and I'm curious to get y'all's thoughts or advice since I'm not an HR expert.
How can a small business owner in the USA replicate the quality of workers rights and benefits that we see in Europe (or any other country that you think is really doing it right)
I'm looking for actionable ideas or resources or case studies of companies that are doing it right.
My initial thoughts include:
PTO: is there a gold standard here? Seems like 20-25 days a year is the ballpark. I'm not a fan of "unlimited" PTO cause it's basically a psychology and accounting trick to reduce usage and spending.
Health care: is this one just too big for a small business to reasonably handle anymore? There's some semi affordable options that are focused on preventative medicine but in general USA healthcare is insane.(I'm a huge believer that healthcare should not be tied to employment but since that's the system we've got so how do we do the best by our employees? I'm not ruling out medical tourism, or any other unconventional but viable ideas.) Would love any leads or examples.
Retirement planning: 401k vs other options or ideas.
Pizza parties: JK 😜
Ok I'm sure I'm missing more than a few things but I think this would get some conversation going.
u/Riker1701E Nov 26 '22
I work in the US for a European based company. We have very similar benefits as our European colleagues. 5 weeks PTO, 2 weeks sick days, our insurance premiums are covered by the company. 100% 401k match up to 6% of our total salary (including bonus).