How to Get Out Of the Perks Trap and Ask For the Benefits You Need
Dan Levenson November 07, 2022
Isn’t it fun when tech jobs offer perks like free coffee, zoom happy hours, and unlimited vacation days (that nobody really uses) when you are really looking to advance in your consulting role? Here are five ways to get out of that trap and get the benefits you need.
1. Understand the Going Rate
Before you start negotiations, research and figure out the average compensation for the desired role. Consider the location, company size, and industry.
When interviewing for a new job, research the company and learn as much as possible about their hiring practices and typical salary packages. Talk to people already working there to get a general idea of how the company works and pays its employees.
Also, check their websites to identify additional benefits. When you go to the next company armed with real data and know what to expect, it will be easier to negotiate salaries.
2. Request for Flexibility
Most organizations offer flexible work hours to employers due to the various benefits it gives to employers and employees alike. The reason for this is simple. Employees who can balance their responsibilities at work and home are more productive as they can do more within a short time.
Flexibility should be a priority when eliminating the perks that would feel like a trap and focusing on the benefits you need. For example, you can make telecommute a couple of days or come in early for some days so you can leave early to attend to other personal activities.
A flexible workplace is a win-win situation for employees and employers. Studies also show that employees who follow flexible work schedules are happier, less likely to experience burnout, and more productive.
3. Take Advantage of Growth Opportunities
Most tech companies today offer career development opportunities such as mentoring programs, management training, tuition reimbursement, and pay for membership and conference fees for professional or trade associations.
Employers can easily afford these options and show commitment to the growth of their employees. Consider such opportunities to boost your career by building your skill set. The opportunities will also grow your network and take your job to the next level or pay grade.
- Get a Better Title
Sometimes you may be interested in a job, but there is a salary cap; how about negotiating for the title you deserve? Although you cannot quantify this perk, it comes with various benefits. With a more marketable and impressive title, you open more doors and opportunities in your current company and when you are looking for your next job.
For example, you can handle a managerial position better, even when described as a coordinator. To determine what you think is the best title, consider talking to the company’s leveling guide for advice on the specific responsibilities of your role.
5. Additional Vacation Time
Your time is valuable. Research shows most American workers are reluctant to take vacation time, but some of the most successful employees have an outstanding work-life balance.
It is best to make time for yourself outside work to relax and regroup so you can return to work refreshed and energized. Most employers offer additional time than a different salary, so you can use this time to increase your productivity.
Other companies offer vacation days based on years of service or job titles. In this case, check the fine print and understand the company’s work culture to negotiate the additional time with facts.
Don’t sell yourself short
Most employees don’t realize the value and benefit they bring to their respective companies. When negotiating, the employer may entice you to work for them but offer you the minimum. Most perks today may be more of a trap than you will need in the long run. Don’t be afraid to reveal your worth and back it up with statistics and experience.
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