When you are beginning to think about changing jobs, make sure you know what benefits are important to you. It might help you to know what benefits other job changers want most and seek out.
According to Limeade, most job changers seek flexibility, remote work, higher compensation, and better management. Some job changers are even willing to take a pay cut to move on from their current positions, but up to 29% received a pay raise of between 10% and 19%.
Flexibility, remote work, and higher pay are pretty self-explanatory as motivations, but what do people mean by “better management”? Again according to Limeade, burnout, organizational changes, and a feeling that one’s work and ideas are not valued top the list of reasons for employees to change jobs. All of those reasons for leaving are rooted in management practices.
Considering Additional Benefits
Other benefits that rank high with job changers include better health, dental, and vision insurance; more vacation time; better retirement benefits; and student loan assistance. The pandemic saw a surge in interest in childcare benefits, home office stipends, and wellness plans.
As part of the job offer negotiations, prospective employees have been known to ask for—and companies to provide—assistance with commuter costs, professional development opportunities, signing bonuses. Many jobs come with cell phones, laptops, or other devices as essential work tools; but be careful about using these for non-work-related tasks or your favorite online games.
Preparing to Negotiate
As a prospective employee, your ability to negotiate benefits depends on several factors that are outside your control (for example, normal business practices in that industry, position, or location). By researching ahead of time, you can at least make sure your benefits are in line what your peers receive at a similar level of responsibility and pay.
You may also decide that some benefits are worth a pay cut. Childcare expenses, for example, are so high that any assistance your company offers may more than offset a reduction in pay.
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