5 Work Perks to Request if a Salary Raise is Out of the Question


Money isn't everything.

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Caught in the pay freeze? Don’t worry! There are other ways to boost your package. According to career site Glassdoor, more than half of all workers say perks and benefits are among the top things they consider when deciding whether to accept a job, and almost 80 per cent of employees say they would prefer new benefits over a pay raise. Not sure what to ask for? Take inspiration from these perky companies.

Unlimited leave

Ask your boss to follow the lead of companies like Evernote, Netflix and LinkedIn, which offer an unlimited (paid!) vacation policy for employees. The fine print is that every staff member is responsible for ensuring their targets are met and productivity doesn’t suffer as a result of their absence. At Evernote, to encourage employees to take recuperating breaks, they have even offered staff a cash incentive if they take more than a week off at a time.

Side project support

If you have a blog, Etsy business, e-book or any other passion project outside of work, is there any way your employee can support you? This could include allowing you to use office resources after hours, running a banner advert on their website to promote your side project, or plugging you on their social media channels if you have similar target customers. At Google, employees are offered access to financial planners to offer guidance on their accounting.

Wellness perks

Your company may not be able to match Google’s on-site doctors and fitness centre, but an increasing number of startups are offering staff wellness perks, such as gym memberships, in-house massages, juice cleanses or meditation classes to boost their emotional and physical wellbeing. Silicon Valley start-up Asana offers employee life-coaching services, organic home-cooked meals twice a week, and an allowance for workspace furnishings, which they can spend making their office roost as spine-friendly as possible.

Uber rides

It’s no surprise that employees at Uber get ride credit as part of their perks, but you don’t have to work at the ride-sharing company to ask for the same. At StumbleUpon, employees are offered a US$100 Uber car credit per month, while Tumblr pays for a car service if employees have to work late. In the past, it became common for Silicon Valley companies to offer custom bicycles to their managers as signing bonuses, but according to Palo Alto Bicycles, that trend is on the wane.

Parent perks

Aside from parental leave, there are additional perks that parents can request from their employees. At Patagonia, any mums travelling for work can bring along their baby, as well as a family member or caregiver, whose travel and accommodation the company pays for. At Zillow, Twitter and Accenture, after a mother returns to work, they will pay for the cost of shipping her breast milk back to her baby when she has to pump in the office. Facebook gift every new parent a US$4,000 cash bonus to spend as they please.

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