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August 09, 2012


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This is an excellent post! It highlights the fact that there ALWAYS room for reward in any organization.

A few additions:

Membership in industry trade groups

Reimbursement of a few extra restaurant meals

Your own subscription to trade magazines/papers

I personally would like #4 best but if you already aren't using your vacation days every year asking for more is worthless. My other suggestion would be to ask for tuition assistance if you want to go get a degree or advanced degree.

I would be happy getting back what we lost before 2008 in perks.

They cut these out totally and we do not see them comming back anytime soon.

I agree, but wouldn't "poo poo" #5. It might not help you at this gig but could help you in the marketplace if you move.

Obviously things have changed for the worse since I worked in the aerospace industry from 1960 - 1992.

Flexible hours were available to all salaried workers.

The company paid the total cost of obtaining an advanced degree part time as long as you made up the time.

An extra week of vacation was obtained every 5 years up to a maximum of 5 weeks/year.

There were many in-house training programs that you could sign up for and take on company time.

There was a non-contributary pension plan in addition to a 401K plan with a company match.

Health benefits were non-contributary and continued on after 30 years of service.

Are you kidding? HR and admin has everything "locked down" these days where I work--no more "privately awarded" or "discretionary" perks, every reward has to be justified elaborately, pegged to a peer group etc etc.

They're afraid of being sued for discrimination and/or mismanagement of funds. The only thing that would fly is if every single person in a particular job category got the same new perk--and that's not going to happen because its too costly.

And if that doesn't work, you may have to consider other options. Negotiation is great, but wouldn't it be interesting if there was a post about what to do when your employer will not budge. Should the employee look for another job? Or are there other alternatives.

This will work well in theory or in some B-school classrooms.

In my experience #5 is the most realistic and has the biggest long term impact.

I know one of my colleagues didn't get a raise but stayed put, offered to help her boss into some tough projects, handled lot of managerial responsibilities (even typing reports!).

Result :

She got promoted a year later and it automatically bumped her salary even higher than what it would have been with that raise

I could see where these tips would work in a private industry. However, often you are given the perk, but then you can't use it such as more vacation time, but they dump so much work on you because others are getting laid off that you can't take advantage of it. I used to work at a university, and every perk was across the board for everyone.

I think flexible work hours would be a great benefit to be given if a raise was out of the question. Being able to work from home some days, or working longer hours for Fridays off is an awesome benefit that would allow you to work just as hard, but possible make your life a little easier and better.

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