• Give a Gift
  • Customer Service
  • Promotions
  • Videos
  • Blogs
  • Win
  • Games

The Bottom Line: Job Perks in a Recession

Posted in:

The Bottom Line: Job Perks in a Recession

Even stellar job performance may not earn you a salary bump this year. But you can still score these lucrative perks at your next review, says Bob Nelson, author of 1001 Ways to Reward Employees:

A personal item that benefits your firm.. Ask your manager for a BlackBerry upgrade or tuition reimbursement for an accounting class. "Keep the request reasonable and justifiable," Nelson says. "Box seats at Wrigley won't cut it."

Extra vacation days. If layoffs have left your office short-staffed, ask for personal days instead. "Your boss will be more inclined to green-light extra time off for private matters" - visiting your sick grandma in Topeka, for example - "than a Caribbean vacation," Nelson explains.

Pet privileges. Bring Rufus to work once a week. You'll have to reassure the boss that having your (low-maintenance!) pup around makes you more productive. Sorry, cube jockeys, this one's best suited for those who can shut the door if the dog gets frisky.

One for the team. Request a plum that your entire department can enjoy--like a newfangled espresso maker or color copier. While nothing beats cold hard cash, the Office Hero title has its own benefits.

The Hot Stone Incentive Plan. Suggest that your supervisor tie your bonus to a future goal - e.g., increase sales by 15 percent this quarter and win a spa package. If it fires you up for another year of kick-ass performance, the boss should jump at it.
Connect with Marie Claire:
daily giveaway
Unlimited Brunch!

Unlimited Brunch!

enter now
You Know You Want More
Special Offer
Link Your Marie Claire Account to Facebook

Marie Claire already has an account with this email address. Link your account to use Facebook to sign in to Marie Claire. To insure we protect your account, please fill in your password below.

Forgot Password?

Thanks for Joining

Your information has been saved and an account has been created for you giving you full access to everything marieclaire.com and Hearst Digital Media Network have to offer. To change your username and/or password or complete your profile, click here.

Your accounts are now linked

You now have full access to everything Marie Claire and Hearst Digital Media Network have to offer. To change your settings or profile, click here.