5 companies offering unique staff perks

Most companies have a benefit scheme for their employees, which can include anything from free gym memberships, subsidised travel passes, and discounted products. But some companies go the extra mile by adding a few unique benefits that you definitely can’t get everywhere. We rounded up five companies offering great, unusual, or unique benefits to their workers.

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“I ended up intercalating to spend more time on myself”

Going into his third year this year, Biology student Kyle Spurr shares his story about intercalating and finding part-time work whilst battling depression. Content warning: mention of self harm and suicide.

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Recognising Stress & Imposter Syndrome

Bethany Dahlstrom just completed her second-year confirmation as a PhD student in the Department of English and Creative Writing at Lancaster University. Having been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder at a relatively young age, she’s spent most of her academic career trying to maintain a healthy balance between work and life, and this is often interrupted by anxiety, chronic depressive episodes (after re-diagnosis), ADHD, and PTSD. After going through some of the mindfulness sessions offered by FASS for PhD students, she was able to form a vocabulary to define her feelings of unrest and anxiety: imposter syndrome. In a few short …

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“What else can you say to someone with anxiety?”

Anxiety is what we feel when we are worried, tense or afraid, and is a natural human response when we perceive that we are under threat. However, anxiety can become a mental health problem if it impacts on your ability to live your day-to-day life. One person got in touch with us anonymously to share her experience of her partner’s anxiety.

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Recognising & Coping with Stress at Work

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, this year’s focus for Mental Health Awareness Week (14th – 20th May) is stress. Research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in this. Here at Careers, we want to make sure that students are prepared in all ways, including mentally and emotionally, when you graduate and enter the workplace. This week we’ll be posting tips, resources, links to websites, facts, figures, and blog posts from fellow students and alumni about stress, mental health, and work. By tackling stress, we can go …

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We want to hear from you!

Hi! We’re the Careers Team at Lancaster University. We provide expert advice to help you start and progress in your career. We started this blog because we wanted to capture the range of experiences our students and alumni have during their career journey, whether this be working part-time, full time, during an internship, a placement year, or volunteering.

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