Wouldn't it be great if you could work part-time and still be eligible for company benefits? Well there are plenty of opportunities out there that let you do exactly that. Just because you don't work a 40-hour workweek, doesn't mean you have to sell your soul and come up empty-handed in the benefits department.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are approximately 25 million part-timers who comprise nearly 20 percent of the U.S. workforce. Recognizing that part-time employees comprise a large segment of their workforce, many companies do offer benefits to their part-timers.
1. National Delivery Companies
Part-time employees are crucial members of the package delivery industry. Whether it's loading, unloading, sorting or delivering packages, part-time opportunities are plentiful at many national couriers such as UPS, FedEx, and DHL.
Consider UPS, where part-time positions are available for loading/unloading and sorting packages. Here, part time means four or five 3 1/2- to 5-hour shifts per week, with a starting salary of $8.50 per hour. Part-time employees receive paid time off for vacation and holidays and usually do not work on weekends. They also receive full benefits, including health care for employees and their dependents, dental, vision, disability and life insurance, and the option to participate in a 401(k) plan and stock program. Part-timers also can take advantage of the UPS Earn and LearnTM tuition assistance program.
2. Retail Industry
The retail industry has long been known for its flexible, part-time schedules. Many companies, including national department stores such as JCPenney and Macy's, drugstores like Walgreens, and discount chains such as Target, offer benefits for their part-timers.
All Walgreen drug store employees, for instance, receive a 15 percent employee discount as well as discounted copays on prescriptions and holiday and vacation pay. Walgreens employees who work 20 hours per week or more are also eligible for profit sharing and an employee stock purchase program. In addition, employees working 30+ hours per week are eligible for full-time benefits including medical, dental, life and disability insurance and sick time and family leave.
3. Healthcare Organizations
Medical facilities, such as Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago or The Cleveland Clinic in Ohio offer many part-time opportunities with benefits. Other off-site medical facilities and physician, therapist and dental offices offer part time opportunities and many offer benefits as well.
Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital, a 720-bed academic medical facility, offers a variety of clinical and non-clinical part-time positions. Of its 5,000 employees, approximately 800 work a part-time schedule, between 24 and 35 hours per week. Northwestern provides full healthcare benefits its for part-timers, in addition to vision, dental, disability insurance, paid time off, pension and 401(k) plans, as well as tuition assistance.
4. Government Positions
There are many part-time positions available working in government. Whether it's for local county and municipalities or for federal agencies such as the National Park Service, part-time opportunities abound. The hours, pay and benefits vary with the position and the agency, but most offer some degree of benefits for part-timers. More information on government jobs can be obtained at www.usajobs.gov.
For example, post office near you is probably looking for some part-time staffers to fill in for the regular rural carriers when they cannot attend to their usual duties. Substitute rural carriers earn $16.24 per hour. They receive overtime pay, driver training and earn annual sick leave if they have covered a particular route for an extended period of time.
5. Corporate Organizations
Many companies, such as MetLife and the SAS Institute, also offer part-time and job sharing positions to their professional staff along with company benefits. Some corporate positions are formal part-time positions, but many are arranged informally on a case-by-case basis to meet an employee's changing work-life needs.
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