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17 April 2024

What is meant by “Pure Welfare”? The real value of Welfare

Fringe benefits alone are not enough

The concept of corporate welfare is increasingly at the center of attention, but there is often confusion between the various terms used.

In this context, in fact, "pure welfare" emerges as an essential component for employee well-being, with a much broader perspective, which is not limited to simple fringe benefits.

Let us therefore delve deeper into what is meant by the term "pure welfare" and why it represents a crucial aspect for modern organisations.

What is pure welfare?

Pure welfare can be defined as the set of policies and interventions implemented by a company for the benefit of its employees, aimed at improving their quality of life beyond the mere working context.

We usually associate welfare with fringe benefits, which can include economic incentives or tax breaks, but so-called pure welfare is not limited to just this!

Welfare focuses on much broader and more significant aspects for the life of workers , not only related to income and economic availability, but also and above all for their psycho-physical well-being, as a support for empowerment , for the family...

What does pure welfare include

Pure welfare therefore includes a vast range of services and initiatives that go beyond simple financial support.

Between these:

health care services , including periodic check-ups, extended insurance coverage, and access to medical specialists.

Psychological wellbeing programs and emotional support to deal with stress and improve work-life balance.

Initiatives for reconciling work and family life , such as company nurseries, flexible hours and parental leave.

Training and professional development opportunities to encourage employee growth and advancement within the company.

● Programs to encourage solidarity and volunteering , which promote an inclusive and supportive organizational climate.

Pure Welfare & Corporate Welfare

The concept of pure welfare is closely linked to that of corporate welfare, which refers to the policies and interventions implemented by a company not only for the benefit of its employees, but also for the community and the surrounding environment.

Specifically, the term "corporate welfare" refers to any government policies, programs or incentives that provide financial or other benefits specifically to businesses or large corporations. These benefits can take many forms, including direct subsidies, tax breaks, preferential government contracts, grants, loans with favorable terms and more.

The objective of corporate welfare can vary depending on the context, but is always to help promote economic growth, create jobs, encourage business investment or support strategic sectors of the economy.

Pure welfare therefore represents a fundamental component also for creating a positive and responsible corporate image towards society.

Pure welfare as family support and empowerment

One of the most significant aspects of pure welfare is its role in supporting employee families and individual empowerment.

By offering childcare services, support for caring for the elderly or financial aid for difficult situations, companies can tangibly contribute to the well-being of their employees' families.

What does pure welfare have to do with empowerment?

The term " empowerment " means the set of all those actions and interventions aimed at strengthening the power of choice of individuals and increasing their powers and responsibilities, improving their skills and knowledge.

Pure welfare also includes the possibility of providing concrete opportunities for professional and personal growth to employees, promoting individual empowerment to allow workers to fully realize their potential, achieve a good level of satisfaction and feel satisfied for their commitment. done.

Fringe benefits are only a small part of corporate welfare

It is important to underline that fringe benefits therefore represent only a small part of what is included in a broader corporate welfare project.

Benefits such as meal vouchers, bonuses or company cars can certainly improve employee satisfaction, but the true value of pure welfare lies in its ability to promote long-term well-being, solidarity and both individual and collective development.

In conclusion, pure welfare is an essential element for the well-being of employees and the long-term success of companies.

Investing in policies and initiatives aimed at improving the quality of life of workers not only as economic support brings tangible advantages in terms of productivity and retention, but also contributes to creating a healthy, inclusive and socially responsible working environment.

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