Top 6 Government Employee Benefits Around the World

If you’re a government employee, you may enjoy several benefits that make a significant difference in your life whether that’s a standing desk, utilizing an employee assistance program, or anything in between.

But have you ever wondered what some of the top government employee benefits are around the world and how your benefits rank? Whether you work for the local, state, or federal government, if there is a benefit that would make a significant difference in your work life, perhaps it’s time to talk to your supervisor about how to introduce some of these benefits or begin the process of working with officials to consider them.

Here are the top 6 government employee benefits around the world:

Maternity and Paternity Leave

Almost every developed country in the world offers some form of paid maternity or paternity leave. The United Kingdom offers 52 weeks which parents can divide evenly between them or use however works best for them. New parents in Sweden receive 480 days of leave at 80% pay and that is in addition to the 18 weeks given to mothers.

Standing Desks & Improved Work Environments

All government employees in Denmark are required to have access to a standing desk that allows them to move between seated and standing positions throughout the work day. This, along with other considerations for work safety and ergonomic needs, is believed to lead to better concentration and overall health.

Generous Vacation Days

Lithuania gives all workers a minimum of 28 days paid vacation and up to 58 days overall. Countries like Sweden, France, and Denmark offer all employees a minimum of 25 days off every year. Some even have a required minimum that employees must take.

In Japan, paid vacation leave is based on seniority and the time served, however, employees may save up to 2 years worth of paid vacation days to use at once.

Employee Assistance Programs

Many countries around the world offer similar programs, but in the United States all government employees have access to Employee Assistance Programs where they can receive free help for issues ranging from dealing with job stress to drug and alcohol abuse.

Quality Healthcare

While many countries utilize different combinations of public and private healthcare options, government employees in France have full access to what the World Health Organization believes is the best healthcare system in the world.

Unemployment Benefits

Most employees in the United States, including government employees, receive a generous unemployment benefit should they lose their job. Some states pay former employees up to 50% of their salary for up to 26 weeks.


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