Let's face it, you may be the best employee in the world and deserve the biggest pay increase possible, but sometimes for company, political (like so and so isn't advancing so no one else is), and a whole host of other non-performance-related reasons, your boss may not be able to give you a raise. Assuming you decide you want to stay at your company and not jump ship to someone who will pay you what you're worth, you can ask for perks over a pay raise. To this end, US News lists five perks to negotiate when a raise isn't an option as follows:
1. Working from home some days.
2. Classes or training.
3. Attendance at conferences.
4. More vacation days.
5. A higher-ranked title.
I like all of these (especially #1 and #4). To them I would add:
- Flexible work schedule. For instance, you may want to come in at 6 am and leave at 3 pm. Or perhaps you'd be willing to work four 10-hour days instead of five 8-hour days.
- Perks that others have but you don't have access to. Some I've seen in my career: employer-paid life insurance, club memberships, stock options, stock bonuses, company paid car, and employment contract (guaranteeing you X months of pay if they fire you).
- Better office. I was never one to want a huge office, but I've had ones as big as my living room (including its own conference area). Then again, I've had a cubical office too (in a company where the CEO had a cube as well.) But if you're the sort who likes this, why not ask for it?
- Travel perks. If you travel a lot, you know what a difference flight upgrades, membership in an airport club, upgraded cars, and better choice of hotels can make. In one company and "upgraded" travel perk was that you were able to get a hotel room by yourself. Ugh, I hated rooming with people from work.
- Plum assignments. Perhaps there's a project you really want to be involved in. Maybe in lieu of a raise you can get put on that task!
I'm sure many of you reading this have some ideas of what else could be requested (perhaps you've even gotten these perks yourselves). If so, please share your thoughts with the rest of us.