We live in an age where the 9 to 5 work day is dying. With the millennials joining the workforce, the workplace trends are changing. They are bringing a renewed energy and fresh perspective in the workforce. It’s not just about the salary anymore. Employees are looking for benefits beyond that – perks that can add value in their lives and make them happy at work. You are part of this community and you are about to say yes to a new job. But there are a few things you must consider before accepting a job offer. You are happy with the job role and responsibilities, the organization, and you see yourself growing in the new place. But the salary is a little low than what you expected. Since you are happy with all other aspects of the new job, you can discuss the other benefits with the hiring managers. What to negotiate in a job offer when the salary is low can be a bit confusing. After talking to a few colleagues on what would they seek from a company when the salary offered is low, I have some perspective to share.
Here’s what to negotiate in a job offer when the salary is low:
If you believe that a different job title, other than what is mentioned in your offer letter, would do justice to your role, feel free to communicate with your employer. Take it from me, I had Web Content Editor on my offer letter. But I strongly felt and communicated to my boss that “Editor” is more in sync with my responsibilities. Even when I was happy with my salary, the title was very important for me.
After all, the position you take in an organization is not merely for namesake. It is very much a part of you and speaks volumes about your contribution to the workplace.
Guaranteed First Year Bonus
When the package starts low, you can talk about a higher pay on completion of your first year in the organization. This would help your employer understand that an increment is important for you. Further, you would have something to look forward to. And no matter how much we try to be modest about it, an increment makes us all happy. It is not just a monetary figure. It acts as a validation of your hard work, sincerity, and commitment towards the organization. But yes, it is only one of the many ways for acknowledgment.
Flexible Work Schedule
A flexible work schedule can help you maintain a fine work life balance. It can be flexible timings or work from home arrangements when needed. If you are wondering that it won’t be right to discuss flexible work schedule even before you join, you need not worry. It is perfectly fine. Being honest about your expectations would only help you effectively communicate with your employer. And this is because you are not being offered a salary that meets your expectations. So, do talk about it.
There are companies that offer travel allowances and reimbursements to their employees. In case, if there is no provision for the same in your offer letter, mention it to your employer. Your employer will understand that spending any extra money on office meetings or travel can put a strain on your budget as the salary is low. They would be happy to take care of that.
What to negotiate in a job offer when the package doesn’t meet your expectations is up to you. You can look for anything else too. But what is important is to communicate with your hiring manager. I am confident you don’t want to get stuck in a job that neither gives you the salary you expect or deserve nor offers any additional benefits. Before you say Yes to your new job, make sure that you and your employer are on the same page!