When you land a new job, you understandably will be focused on negotiating the pay so that you can live comfortably.
While you may want to negotiate the pay so that your compensation is as attractive as reasonably possible, there are some other benefits associated with your job that can help you live a more comfortable life and maintain a great work life balance.
A flexible work schedule
Some jobs have a rigid nine-to-five job structure with minimum ability to take time off for a personal day or to work from home when the kids get sick. There are many reasons why you may not be able to work the full shift at work on some days, and it can stress you out when you really need to be somewhere else but are stuck at work instead. Negotiating the ability to have flexible work hours and to work from home on some days of the week can help you to achieve a better balance between your work and home life.
Another benefit that has financial value to you is the ability to take continuing education courses. This may include continuing education online or in person. The online training or in-person course training may help you to qualify for promotions in your field or may make it easier to qualify for a new job in the future. Because of this, while an agent representative course online or in person may have limited impact on your immediate financial situation, it may help you to increase earning power in the future.
A wardrobe stipend
If your job requires you to wear a certain type of clothing to work, it is reasonable to request a wardrobe stipend. This may be to pay for required dress pants, work shoes or something else. The stipend should be reasonable enough to keep your work wardrobe updated every few months as needed.
Paid transportation expenses
There are a few reasons why you may request a paid transportation stipend with your compensation. You may live far from your work location, and it may be cost prohibitive for you to drive back and forth to work every day. When your skills are in high demand, your employer may agree on paying a portion of your travel expenses on a regular basis. Another reason why you may ask for a transportation stipend is if you will be travelling for work. This may include off-site meetings, sales presentations, client visits, deliveries and more. The expenses that you will incur will be for petrol, vehicle maintenance and wear and tear on your car, so your employer reasonably should compensate you for business miles driven.
Your work benefits can impact your stress level on any given day as well as your personal finances and the amount of free time that you have. When you are accepting a new position at a great company, think about the benefits that you need to achieve a great work life balance. In addition, think about benefits, such as online training, which may help you to improve your skill set for future job advancements.
Negotiate the benefits that you feel are reasonable for your position and for your circumstances.
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