10 Things to Ask for When a Raise Isn’t an Option

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Most employees believe that they deserve a raise for their job performance when they have worked hard for their company. Unfortunately, sometimes no matter how hard you have worked, the company’s financial situation makes a raise impossible. A lot of large and small businesses can be wary of giving employees monetary raises during their yearly reviews, but that doesn’t mean you have to come away empty handed. There are a number of additional perks that you should always ask for when a raise isn’t an option.

Working From Home

Telecommuting has become more popular in the past decade, especially as commute times become longer and longer. If a raise isn’t an option, try


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5 Responses to 10 Things to Ask for When a Raise Isn’t an Option

  1. jim says:

    Flexible schedule and work from home!!!!! My spouse did that and is absolutely LOVING it. She’ll take that over a pay raise in a heart beat. She hasn’t had a “raise” in over 7 years and she doesn’t care ’cause she’s happier now than any raise could have made her.

    Nice article! Good info. Thx. Hope it helps a lot of others out there – really that flex schedule is fabulous!

  2. Tech says:

    I second the job title change. I was the first one where I worked to do it, but people followed after.

  3. Worksnaps says:

    Working from home can add up to huge savings that can go to other aspects of one’s life. There is more productivity because the employee does not have to rush out of the office when their shift is over nor do they have to take as many sick days. This leaves them with more time to spend with family. The true cost of commuting for work is more than you would image. Your car alone can lose you a lot of money over years of commuting.

  4. Antonio says:

    At my last review I had received a promotion without a monetary increase. They were unable to give me the raise for the promotion, but they max-ed out the raise I was eligible for in my current pay grade, and allowed me to work from home 4 days a week. If you can not get the full raise you want, try getting a combination of items. 4 days of telework for a 70+ mile one-way commute added over $2000 after tax money back into my budget! Who needs a raise with perks like that? 😉

  5. David Larson says:

    This might be cheating… but the easiest way I know of to get a raise is to hire someone else to get it for you. As a professional salary negotiator, I have helped over 700 people negotiate higher salaries. One of the tricks I advocate is to always conduct your salary negotiation over email. Negotiating salary over email helps level the playing field because it takes away the opportunity for your employer to “read you” in person and potentially call your bluff. Over email you have a better opportunity to carefully choose every word.

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