Skip The Raise, Ask Your Boss For These Perks Instead

Skip The Raise, Ask Your Boss For These Perks Instead

If your company is already tightening its belt, it might not do a lot of good to ask for a raise during your next performance review. Instead, consider asking for other perks that might be almost as good as cash in your pocket.

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Workplace blog WorkAwesome has some great tips for getting the equivalent of a raise from your boss the next time you’re due for a compensation hike. If she’s likely to turn down even a cost of living raise because of budget cuts and layoffs, hit up the higher ups with creative ways to recognise your value as an employee.

How about a flexible schedule? If you’re a morning person, maybe they’ll let you come to the office at 7am and head out in the early afternoon when your co-workers are still chained to their desks. Or, maybe you can offer to work longer days Monday through Thursday and take Fridays off.

Telecommuting is another option to explore:

Would they be willing to let you work from home a day or two a week? If you got to be around the house more often, your dog would stop mistaking you for an intruder. You could also save thousands on your kids’ therapy abandonment issues if you were able to appear on the sidelines of some of their sporting events before Junior starts growing a beard. I’m puzzled by places that don’t allow at least some telecommuting. I tend to get more work done from home because I want to show my accountability when I’m not physically in the office. I’m also more relaxed and creative. Companies don’t have to lease as much commercial space and it keeps cars off the road

Hit up the post for more ways to ask for other perks in exchange for a fat raise at your next review. Have you ever tried something like this with your boss? How’d it go? What kinds of creative ideas did you come up with? Share in the comments.

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  • Yeah my company got tight last year with the whole “GFC” as an excuse. All pay rises and hiring were suspended. So I asked for a coffee machine for the office. Two coffees a day at 3 bucks each, I saved 6 dollars a day, over a year its nearly 2 grand. Not much but something. And every individual in the office benefits.

  • Ask them to expand their salary sacrafice options. Many corporations already allow for salary sacrafice (pre-tax) of things like novated car leases, but it is also possible for them to allow you to salary sacrafice other work items such as transport (train tickets) and so forth – enough pressure and encouragement from employees may help them open the options! (FBT impacts may apply)

    Another good idea is to ask for more corporate discounts through their own purchasing agreements – e.g. software and computers. Microsoft used to offer a pretty good “home usage” program where you could get an Office CD and licence for only the price of shipping as long as your employer had a volume licence deal…

  • I wanted more money at my current job, however I knew I wasn’t going to get a raise as I haven’t really been there that long but the pay was kinda low.

    I work as a website developer and I find usually we aren’t allowed to do work for other clients outside of our workplace as it can be seen as a conflict of interest.

    I asked my boss for the possibility of allowing me to do work for my own clients outside of our workplace and how it can benefit him. I explained how I have no interest in undertaking large sites in my spare time and how I would be in a position to actually refer work to him(where i’d most likely end up working on it anyway). Also I usually refer my clients hosting to our companies hosting so he makes money like that too.

    Over all it has worked out great as we have both earned more money, and it has kept me happy. It has probably boosted my chance of getting a nice raise in the future as I am now bringing in more work. =D

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