In today’s post, Lewis Daidone reviews how to discuss benefits and perks with prospective employers. Lewis Daidone is a Certified Public Accountant and consultant to financial firms and tech companies.
Have you thought about which incentives you’d want from the firm you ultimately work for? Do you know what is commonly offered to candidates with your skills, educational background, and experience? Here are a few tips that might help you to successfully negotiate the benefits you want.
Know what is being offered at competing firms.
Unless you know what is commonly offered to professionals with your job title in your industry, you won’t be in an effective position to negotiate. Make sure you also research the effect offering the benefits or perks has had on other organizations. Was employee morale improved? Was there an increase in productivity? Having these answers could make the perks more attractive to your employer, while sending him or her the message that you’re a conscientious team member.
Have a strategy.
Make sure your requests are well-thought out and precise, and give reasons you require your specific benefits. For example, rather than asking to work remotely or periodic time off throughout the day, present a trial schedule where your employer can monitor your off-site performance and evaluate your productivity after the trial period ends.
Know what is a deal breaker and what you can live without in advance.
The possibility exists that you won’t get all of the benefits you want, but that doesn’t mean you should necessarily refuse the job. Think carefully about which incentives you don’t consider absolutely essential before you even walk into the room.
Certain workplace incentives are becoming increasingly generous and diverse across industries. Don’t be timid when requesting your benefits. You may be surprised!
Lewis Daidone works alongside boards of directors, venture capitalists, senior executives and partners toward improving infrastructure, growth projections, and fiscal results of financial services and technology companies. Follow him on Facebook to know more.