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How to talk to your employer about Pet Insurance


Jade Poole

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Did you hear the news? Pet insurance is becoming a common workplace benefit! Here is how to get it added to your employee package in time for corporate wellness week!

If you were to look at a number of employee contracts you would notice that the overarching theme is employee wellness. From paid personal days, family benefits, fitness activities and health insurance benefits, it’s clear that companies are prioritising corporate wellness. But why let the wellness benefits end there?

One of the fastest-growing employee perks is without a doubt pet insurance. Not only is it becoming a part of most company wellness programs but is quickly proving to be the latest in justifiable employee needs.

And so, if you are currently sitting with a contract that is without pet insurance, here’s what you’re going to do: you are going to bookmark this page, take notes and share this blog with your co-workers because there is a global movement taking place.

Why pet care is a part of employee wellness

As a pet owner, you know that your animals are not just unpaying guests in their home. They are a part of your family and are deserving of the same care that you give everyone else in your household.

When your employer offers you pet insurance, it is their way of acknowledging the fact that our pets play a crucial role in our overall wellbeing and happiness. This will in turn improve our moods and energy. Essentially, it’s a win-win for everyone involved!

So, while adding pet insurance to your current list of employee benefits may seem like a tall order, just know that the number of benefits associated with covered pet care is immeasurable. So much so, that I am going to show you exactly how to broach the conversation of employee pet care coverage. In turn, this will help the current movement where we begin normalising pet insurance in the workplace.

Important points to bring up with your employer

Become a progressive company

In today’s day and age, a lot of corporate survival is dependent on a company’s ability to showcase how progressive they are. This extends past company policies, missions and visions. Progression is shown in employee diversity, holistic health and wellness care and industry-leading employee benefits.

Should your company offer pet insurance, you will immediately join the ranks of major industry veterans. Now, this is where you really drive your argument – you name drop. Some of the most successful progressive companies in the world are the likes of Delta Airlines and Microsoft. Being considered in the same wellness leagues as these companies is a privilege and notable achievement.

Employee peace of mind

The most effective workforces are the ones that are made up of motivated employees. Keeping your enthusiasm at an all-time high is relatively hard if you feel like you are not adequately supported and compensated at your job. Naturally, this directly affects workplace productivity.

Worrying about how you will afford those vet bills, how best to keep your pet safe and how to address any illnesses will affect your performance at work.

Amping up company morale is as easy as allowing your staff to feel like their families and livelihoods are important to you. Instead of your employer merely saying it, adding this benefit is the perfect way of showing it. 

It isn’t an administrative nightmare

If your employer is reluctant to add pet care to your contract, it might be based on the fact that they are under the impression that there will be additional paperwork that is time-consuming and expensive.

Well, that’s just another myth that you will be debunking in your meeting.

Contrary to popular belief, adding this new perk to employee contracts is not the administrative nightmare that it is made out to be. In fact, many of the smaller pet insurance companies have specifically designed their sign-up processes to be efficient and seamless. It is surprisingly easy and should not be one of the main deterrents of this type of coverage.

It will give your company a competitive edge

As much as companies are looking for perfect candidates to fulfil positions, the reverse can be said about workers. The idea that companies are merely paying a monthly salary is no longer enough. If your company wants to secure talented and skilled workers, it’s important to be aware of their demands. The most successful companies, with high employee retention rates, are the ones that attract talent through their comprehensive benefits packages.

At the end of the day, the perks and tips I have given you above are a mere guideline for your conversation with your boss or human resources representative. Make sure to use this as the foundation for your meeting, but remember to speak from your heart. Nothing resonates more with fellow human beings than speaking truthfully and authentically!

Good luck!

Until next time,

The Pet Insurance Team

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