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Three Things to Ask For If Your Raise Is Unremarkable

Performance reviews aren't all about the money, but for an employee's bottom line, they are. Companies have been making big decisions this quarter based on the poor performance of the past year and the uncertainty they face going in to 2009. With big companies laying off by the thousands (in the last week we saw Yahoo and Goldman Sachs cut ten percent of their massive workforces) and many smaller companies instilling temporary hiring freezes, we can be fairly certain that 2008 raises will be, at most, unremarkable. So what if you want more to show for your hard work in the last year than the fact that you held on to your job? See three things to ask for when you


  1. Fitness: You might love your gym or fitness studio, but hate paying the membership fees. Because health is a bottom line issue for employers battling the high cost of health care, it is both in your interest and theirs that you stay healthy. Propose that the company subsidizes your fitness fees and negotiate a monthly amount that you will be reimbursed for these costs.
  2. Work one day from home: This isn't feasible for all jobs, but in this computer and conference call driven culture, many duties can be seamlessly moved from the office to your home. Telecommuting isn't rare for full-time employees so, if it would make your life less stressful to work from home one day a week, ask for it.
  3. Gas / Transportation: You have to get to work somehow, and more often than not it involves spending money. Negotiate an amount that you will be reimbursed for gas or other transportation costs to cut down on your monthly commute expenditures.


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