It’s hard work asking for a pay rise. Many nervous or inexperienced employees will feel uncomfortable about approaching their boss to negotiate salary expectations and mastering the timing can be a challenge. And even if you find the right moment to toss figures back and forth – what happens if the answer is still no?
Thankfully there’s other work incentives on offer if a pay rise isn’t on the cards. Workplace perks don’t just exist in a yearly bonus – there’s potential insurance coverage, vacation time and a better work-life balance on offer if you ask! Here’s a few career extras you should be pushing for in 2016.
1. Professional Development Training
Brushing up on your workplace skills can be beneficial for both you and your employer. Getting your boss on board with this perk will open up a world of opportunities, from developing your professional training within the company to showing you’re keen to learn and be the best person for the job. Looking into some relevant courses can benefit you and the company in the long and short term – and who doesn’t want to grow professionally!?
Consider asking your boss to fund certifications, work safety tickets, conference opportunities and additional development training courses you both are happy to agree on. Do some research before and get a few ideas on what you’d like to do. Be willing to do a course outside of work hours if need be too.
2. Job Role Advancement
Showing your boss you want to move up in the company can be the perfect way to get a salary increase. Maybe you’re not due for a pay rise in your current position, but would your boss be willing to help you work towards a supervisor role or another internal opportunity? Taking on the extra work will show you’re not afraid to cultivate and this extra commitment can work wonders for that much needed pay rise, without directly asking for a ‘pay rise’.
3. Salary Packaging
Salary packaging (also known as salary sacrifice) has been booming in popularity over the years, with more companies taking its incentives on board. The arrangement between you and your employee entitles a percentage of your income to be taken out, before it hits your bank account, to directly pay for rent, health insurance, car loan, super or childcare just to name a few.
Whilst there are some companies that do it regardless, it’s a suitable arrangement which can be made with any employee and reduces your taxable income, putting more money in your pocket at the end of the day. Consider what arrangement you’d like to use for salary sacrifice, like paying for rent or children’s school fees, and run it past your boss. There’s little restriction for what you can ask for but your boss will need to work out what options fall into the FBT (Fringe Benefits Tax) before agreeing to anything.
4. Renegotiate Your Next Salary Review
Just because you’re boss hasn’t agreed to this pay rise, it doesn’t mean your chances are completely doomed. Most companies will do a salary review every 12 months, but if you really want to push for something better – why not renegotiate your next evaluation?
Don’t push your luck by asking for one in another 3 months, instead see if your boss is willing to arrange an earlier salary review in 9 months. Perhaps your boss is waiting for a busy period to be over or times are tough in the company this time around, but pushing for another look at the situation in 6-9 months can ease the financial pressure and work better in your favour.
5. Flex-Time and Working from Home
Today’s working world is all about an effective work/life balance. As technology makes it easier to work from anywhere at any time, it can be a great idea to tap into this and ask your boss for some workplace flexibility. Perhaps it’s more practical for you to work from home a few days a week for personal reasons or to juggle a family. If you’re able to get your job done from the laptop at home, then why not?
Asking for a non-traditional work schedule or workspace can be beneficial if you’re skills are at premium. A healthy work/life balance can make staff more productive, hardworking and dedicated so consider what will work for you, your boss and your job role.