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Creative Compensation: Beyond Salaries
Employers who aren't handing out generous salaries (and even some who are) are finding themselves negotiating "creative compensation" with employees-that is, perks, niceties, and other non-monetary concessions that make life more convenient.
The worst thing that can happen is that your employer says no. But you never know unless you ask.
If you're about to sit down at the negotiating table (either to ask your boss for a raise or to negotiate a salary with a potential employer) you should know all of your compensation options. If your employer won't raise your salary, you can bargain for non-monetary concessions. Consider playing one or more of these cards:
One last note: You're obviously trying to better your position during your compensation negotiation, but be fair, because no one will bargain with someone who is being greedy or unreasonable. Follow that rule and the worst thing that can happen is that your employer says no. But you never know unless you ask.
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