Cara Jenkin reveals how to receive more without a pay rise
LOOK FOR PERKS Employers often say a lack of money in the budget is the reason why they cannot give staff the pay rise they want or, perhaps, any pay rise at all. If there isn’t enough money forthcoming, look for other things of value your employer may be able to provide. An onsite car park, technology, tools such as a tablet, uniforms paid for by the employer or discounts on company products or services may all save you significant amounts in the long run and not hit the business budget as hard. Consider teaming with colleagues for an expensive perk, such as a subsidised or free drinks fridge, allowing a lower one-off cost to the boss. UPDATE YOUR SKILLS Instead of more money, ask your employer for more training. You might want to attend a seminar interstate, study a short course or obtain a vocational or tertiary qualification. The extra skills you learn will not only boost your abilities but help improve productivity at the company. Make sure you highlight this benefit to the boss in your pitch for the seminar or the extra training. Employers also may be able to recoup costs, receive funding or incentive payments from governments to train staff, making the initiative cost-neutral, so check out what is available and put it to the boss. TAKE TIME OFF Paid leave entitlements increasingly are being used by employers as part of the overall salary package to effectively give workers a pay rise for the proportion of time they work. There may be times of the year when the workload is particularly slow and you can afford to take a few days or a couple of weeks off, without affecting productivity. Time in lieu can be arranged as a clause in the contract to replace paid overtime. A day off for a birthday, the first day of school for parents of firsttime school children or for study are other options to gain more free time for important events, without significantly reducing the workforce. NEGOTIATE FLEXIBILITY Is it the amount of money you’re receiving for your work that really bothers you or do you lament your lack of leisure time? Are you stuck in traffic when you would prefer to drop your children off at school? Ask your employer for flexible working options, such as working from home, an earlier or later start time or compressed hours, when standard working hours are completed in fewer days of the week. Even just changing your hours to get out of rush hour can give you back more time in a day. Your employer rewards you with time and the trust to work independently.