Are You Leaving Perks on the Table?

Negotiation Involves More Than Money If You Want the Best Offer Possible

Have you ever asked for more when it came to a job offer?

Sure you’ve calculated your paycheck and potential cash earnings, but have you ever taken a stab at upgrading other parts of your compensation package?

It is easy to focus on that direct deposit fattening your bank account, but there are other perks that make work life easier and save you from dipping into that bank account later. If you haven’t negotiated any benefits outside of your salary, you are missing out on some very valuable additions to your overall package.

Before you say “yes” to that next job offer, these are the perks you’ll want at the top of your negotiation hit list.

1. Vacation Time

A refreshed employee is more productive yet vacation time seems to be lacking in many initial offers. Asking for more personal or vacation days is typically an easy request to get passed, especially when there isn’t wiggle room for salary or other financial bonuses.

2. Tuition or Professional Development Reimbursement

Companies want you to be on top of your game so sponsoring you for classes or degrees that enhance your skillset only benefit them. Find out if they are willing to pay for it or have money set aside for professional development. Many larger organizations have an allocated budget but it is on you to inquire. Take advantage of this perk and raise your worth without reaching into your own pocket.

3. Flexible Schedule

More and more businesses are embracing the concept of flexible scheduling. From telecommuting and work from home days to hitting the office from 7 am to 3 pm rather than the typical 9 to 5; the one size fits all method is slowly shifting.

The demands of certain industries wouldn’t make this a feasible ask, but if all you need is your cell phone and computer, make your case. Productivity is what matters so be ready to explain your reasoning. Discussing it up front, even if it doesn’t kick in until after your probation period ends, will set you up for the balance that works for you.

4. Travel/Commute Stipend

Parking, gas or other transportation costs can add up fast. Find out if there are any company sponsored discounts or reimbursements for the cost of your commute especially if you work in bigger cities. These fees can eat into your bottom line and need to be factored into your offer evaluation from the start.

Ask for what really matters to you and always be prepared for the possibility of hearing a “no”. Only you know what truly matters to you and what is a deal breaker. Be smart and take a look at the entirety of your offer before making any decisions but remember, if you don’t ask, you won’t get.

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