• You are doing a sterling job and deserve a pay-rise but your boss breaks the sad news: there's no money in the pot. Worry not, Management Today and Veritas Gift have come up with 12 other rewards you can demand instead.

    You are doing a sterling job and deserve a pay-rise but your boss breaks the sad news: there's no money in the pot. Worry not, Management Today and Veritas Gift have come up with 12 other rewards you can demand instead.

  • AN EXTRA HOLIDAY DAY:  Ask for one or two days holiday on top of your current holiday allowance. This could allow you to book longer breaks, or have the flexibility to take a day to laze at home.

    AN EXTRA HOLIDAY DAY: Ask for one or two days holiday on top of your current holiday allowance. This could allow you to book longer breaks, or have the flexibility to take a day to laze at home.

  • VOUCHERS:  Vouchers are a popular way for employers to reward their staff. Why not tell them what you love to do and ask for vouchers? Be it a spa day or a supercar experience, you could get a great day out.

    VOUCHERS: Vouchers are a popular way for employers to reward their staff. Why not tell them what you love to do and ask for vouchers? Be it a spa day or a supercar experience, you could get a great day out.

  • NEW JOB TITLE:  For many people it’s not just about the money, it’s also about the promotion, or career progression. Why not ask for a better job title? If you are an Account Executive, why not ask to be promoted to Senior Account Executive?

    NEW JOB TITLE: For many people it’s not just about the money, it’s also about the promotion, or career progression. Why not ask for a better job title? If you are an Account Executive, why not ask to be promoted to Senior Account Executive?

  • TRAINING:  Training courses are a great alternative to a pay rise, as they help you build on your skills. Explain that some training will boost your morale and keep you loyal to the company.

    TRAINING: Training courses are a great alternative to a pay rise, as they help you build on your skills. Explain that some training will boost your morale and keep you loyal to the company.

  • GO FOR DINNER...  A good, old-fashioned knees-up can be a great way for bosses to show their thanks. Ask for a nice meal in a restaurant or a few drinks in the local bar to prove that your manager cares.

    GO FOR DINNER... A good, old-fashioned knees-up can be a great way for bosses to show their thanks. Ask for a nice meal in a restaurant or a few drinks in the local bar to prove that your manager cares.

  • ...SANS BOSS IS BETTER:  Not everyone wants to hang out with their boss during their free time. Ask your manager to put their card behind the bar, or  dinner for you and your partner/team instead.

    ...SANS BOSS IS BETTER: Not everyone wants to hang out with their boss during their free time. Ask your manager to put their card behind the bar, or dinner for you and your partner/team instead.

  • AWARDS:  Wouldn't it be great if your boss created an award just for you? Encourage your manager to set up a company awards night, and prepare to blush when s/he makes a speech in the office about your accomplishments.

    AWARDS: Wouldn't it be great if your boss created an award just for you? Encourage your manager to set up a company awards night, and prepare to blush when s/he makes a speech in the office about your accomplishments.

  • A THANK YOU LETTER:  A personalised letter is a great way to thank somebody. Drop a few hints about this, mentioning that if it’s handwritten, and sent to your home address, it will feel even more special.

    A THANK YOU LETTER: A personalised letter is a great way to thank somebody. Drop a few hints about this, mentioning that if it’s handwritten, and sent to your home address, it will feel even more special.

  • YOUR OWN OFFICE:  A better desk space is a tried-and-tested way to reward good work and loyalty. If you can’t get your own office, why not ask to move to an area with more space or a better view?

    YOUR OWN OFFICE: A better desk space is a tried-and-tested way to reward good work and loyalty. If you can’t get your own office, why not ask to move to an area with more space or a better view?

  • BONUSES:  Your boss may not be able to afford to give you a permanent pay rise, but explain that a small holiday bonus when sales are strong would do wonders for morale.

    BONUSES: Your boss may not be able to afford to give you a permanent pay rise, but explain that a small holiday bonus when sales are strong would do wonders for morale.

  • GUIDANCE:  If your boss can't afford to offer a raise right now, have a think about the best way they could make you feel valued. Whether it's flexi-time, a gym membership, or a longer lunch break, demand a perk that's tailored to you.

    GUIDANCE: If your boss can't afford to offer a raise right now, have a think about the best way they could make you feel valued. Whether it's flexi-time, a gym membership, or a longer lunch break, demand a perk that's tailored to you.

  • ONE-TO-ONE MENTORING:  Chances are your boss is knowledgeable about the industry you both work in. Perhaps you could arrange some one-on-one sessions where they can explain how they got to where they are today, and offer help towards meeting your career goals?

    ONE-TO-ONE MENTORING: Chances are your boss is knowledgeable about the industry you both work in. Perhaps you could arrange some one-on-one sessions where they can explain how they got to where they are today, and offer help towards meeting your career goals?

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Boss won't up your pay? Demand these 12 job perks instead

by Rebecca Burn-Callander and Lee Birch
Last Updated: 21 Mar 2018

Images: Shutterstock

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