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Questions related to non-monetary compensation and 'perks' that are offered by many employers.

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Employer says they want Quality & Quantity, but only pays bonuses based on the latter

I work in a company that, like any other company, expects high quality and quantity of the product (service). I am a quality person who meets the production demands. However, many of my colleagues ...
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Should I provide my employee company-paid training/conferences for non-work-related skills?

I am a manager of a software developer whom I really want to retain because he is a high performer and a joy to work with. In our 1:1 meetings, he has expressed the desire to learn a skill which is ...
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How to keep the same pediatrician [closed]

I'm looking at switching jobs and the new provider doesn't have our paediatrician in its network. My son has had a few health problems and we wouldn't want to change doctors or specialist. Is it ...
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Company can't pay additional education/courses coming months

I work at an European company for 1,5 years now (50-100 employees) and I'm the only one in my job role. Management has a "learning by experience" mentality which means you just learn by doing, not by ...
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No Tuition Assistance Program benefit on offer letter

I got an offer letter today and what I want most is not on the offer letter - Tuition Assistance Benefit. I have accepted the offer before realising this (my bad). I am going to call the recruiter ...
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Manager offered a salary range

I am interning at a startup; my internship ends in a month. I was recently called in by my manager and offered a full time position as I have already graduated. In addition, he gave me a range of the ...
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How do I ensure my employees don't abuse my flexible work hours policy?

At my small sized company (~10-15 people) I have always had a very liberal policy on work hours. My employees can choose their own hours as long as. They are in the office from 11am-2pm They average ...
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How should i ask my boss about remote work that he promised?

A few months ago I received a raise that came with the possibility of one day of remote work per week. The raise was reflected on my salary on the next pay but the remote work wasn't. How should I ...
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Appropriate time to ask about salary and benefits for internship?

I have an interview for a software development internship tomorrow, and I'm unsure about when to ask about 1. how much it will be paid, if at all, and 2. if there is pro rata paid time off for holiday....
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Small business - cheapskate owners

I work for a small business and the owners are pretty cheap. Every year we get bonus and a small raise, but compared to the profit they makes, it's pretty negligible considering the fact that there ...
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What issues occur when changing medical insurance mid-year?

I received an e-mail from our HR Department the other day informing us that they may change our medical insurance carrier on June 1st. For context, our company has approximately 50 employees and is ...
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Good gift/thank-you for Human Resources?

I have a great HR department. They really do a nice job. For example, they recently set us up with a pre-tax benefit that put about $1000 in my pocket. What's a good way to thank them?
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Is it rude to compare specific benefits during a salary negotiation?

I will be negotiating salary soon, and I THINK the salary range will be a nice increase for me, but I will lose some strong benefits. Is it impolite to be specific and compare benefits during the ...
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Engineer refusing to file/disclose patents

We have a senior engineer on our team that routinely excels at his work. In addition to his regular work, our company has a patent program where engineers can write up a patent for a novel idea, and ...
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Should I accept more responsibility when being granted a raise I asked because I felt underpaid?

7 months ago I landed a job as a web developer for a specific technology, it payed a little bit under the market average for the position. When I started in the new place I noticed the methodologies ...
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Late contract package

I have been working for my company for a year part-time, but I have got a promotion to become a full-time worker. My company had been applying the new hourly rate, but it has been over two weeks ...
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How to convince employer to set up a 401(k)

My employer promised (not in writing, I know) that they would add a 401k after I joined. It has been 2 years and we still don't have one. When I brought it up most recently, I was told that their ...
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Is it concerning for a small US employer to not have have a maternity leave policy in the job offer?

I was recently made a job offer by a US firm (for our purposes, a sub-50-person tech startup with significant VC support). I was surprised to see that there was nothing about maternity/paternity ...
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Should I count time in the company gym as hours worked? [closed]

I am a programmer, paid hourly. My workplace recently added a gym to its facilities. If I use this gym, should I count it in my hours worked, or discount those hours when reporting?
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Too much reading/studying in senior engineer job

I'm recently promoted in a Canadian engineering company to a "senior engineer", which was very exciting for me (my company just has 2 levels of engineer, "engineer", and "senior engineer"), and ...
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Should one indicate wishes for secondary benefits before or during a performance review after a probationary period?

A few months ago, a friend (let's call them Joe) started working at a medium-sized multinational. The probationary period is six months and will end soon. At the end, there is a performance review. ...
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Is it unethical to use healthcare paid by your company to cure a life-long health problem?

Background info: I was born with a small defect in my eyes that requires me to wear glasses to be able to do any kind of personal or professional task. I've used glasses since my early childhood. ...
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What does a company mean when they say, “does not offer benefits”?

I came across a job posting that states, This is a full-time, salaried position. [Company] does not offer benefits. Does this mean they do not offer health/vision/dental insurance, PTO, 401k ...
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Is it professional to ask when my converted leave credits will be given?

I’ve been working for a company (a startup) for 13 months. My contract states that I have 5 days of sick leave and 5 days of vacation leave, but it doesn’t state anything about when the converted ...
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As an outsourced employee, is it reasonable to ask for benefits that regular employees have on business trips?

I work for company A. My company outsources 10-15 people (including myself) to company B. I go to a business trip to a foreign country as the only person from company A (there are a few people from ...
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If a manager takes perks away to an employee, can the employee demand equal policy for the same role? [closed]

In startups, but not only in startup, employees can have perks, e.g. travel in "economy plus", or flexible hours, which are not documented in the employment contract. The perks I am referring to have ...
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Employer believes I want to work for free. What to do?

I am an engineer with around 10 years of professional experience. I am currently full-time employed. I was looking for other positions because I was not totally satisfied with my current job. So I ...
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Does taking away morale factors result in a permanent reduction in work satisfaction [closed]

I'm not sure if this is the right forum to ask, sorry in advance! I'm having a discussions with a more fiscally conservative colleague about how taking away some perks will affect morale and ...
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California employee being misclassified as a contractor, what can I do about it?

I was hired as a graphic designer at a locally owned stationery store in California about a month and a half ago. From the start I knew something was kind of strange, as I was hired for full time but ...
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Health benefit deductions following a transition from semi-monthly to bi-weekly payroll [closed]

In a company that is switching from semi-monthly to bi-weekly payroll (good news), there is the transition period that is tricky. The last paycheck under the old payroll is on Dec 31 covering pay ...
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Negotiating a start date

To my knowledge, I'm in an unusual situation for my field (engineering). I am technically an employee of a Staffing Agency and working on a 9 month contract for them at a Consulting Firm, which I ...
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Are companies allowed to make employee paid benefits mandatory? [closed]

I just finished my probation period and received an email from HR outlining my benefits package. Some of my benefits (including dental and health) show up as 'employee paid benefits' meaning an amount ...
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Company asked to return tuition assistance. How to return the taxes paid? [closed]

In 2017, my previous company gave me a tuition assistance of $2900. I quit the job and found another one. Recently, in June 2018, the company sent me a letter asking to return the amount since I quit ...
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want to take a week PTO 'After' 3 weeks notice, is this acceptable or crazy? [closed]

I gave notice 1 weeks ago. Being nice, I agreed to remain for 3 weeks instead of 2 weeks, so 2 more week remaining. Now, I've decide I want to take 1 week vacation between jobs. Not being one to ...
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Ethics of renting out an assigned workplace parking spot [closed]

I work in a downtown environment, and everyone in our company is assigned a parking spot in the lot. There are numerous lots that charge anywhere from $5 to $10 a day to park within blocks of my ...
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How to ask an employer for education benefits

Preface: I'm a software engineer at a small-ish company (under 40 people) and I've been there for over 4 years. I was initially hired as QA (I do not have an engineering background) and over the ...
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Former employer asking to be reimbursed for benefits [closed]

I recently quit my Job in Belgium and moved to Canada. During my employment in Belgium, the company had paid for my annual train pass as a benefit. Now I have received an email from them demanding me ...
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How do I calculate my current salary+benefits when looking for a new job? [closed]

I'm currently job hunting and need to understand what sort of salary range to look for in advertised jobs. Say my basic salary is £45,000. My work provide free lunches and my mobile phone so I ...
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Intern to Full-Time, placed as contractor until hiring freeze is over [closed]

While attending a local Community College, I accepted an internship with a company. Fast Forward 6 months the company offered me a full time position. (w00t w00t) This is where things get tricky. ...
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In the long term, how can someone translate very high productivity into a bigger paycheck? [closed]

I would like to start out by saying, I love my current job. The work is interesting, the hours are good, my coworkers are great, my manager is intelligent and competent, and my pay is good. This ...
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Is there a reason that no one offers benefits for part-time employees?

I might be making an assumption based on my own limited experience, but I'm trying to figure out why part-time work seems to be actively discouraged in the workplace. I've been thinking about ...
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How do I handle a problem with benefits not as promised when I've already taken the job?

How do I handle a potential hiring contract (I'm a full time employee not an independent contractor, to be clear) dispute when I've already taken the job and been working for a month? The specifics ...
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Here're the reasons I'm resigning, should I accept this counter offer? [closed]

I have another offer from a company other than the one I'm working for currently. The reasons I'm looking to leave are: I feel that I'm not gaining experience No contract, nor insurance whatsoever, ...
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job offer and confusion in salary

I would appreciate if someone could help me figure out the situation! I had applied for a job and eventually got the offer. The way I received the offer seemed to be a bit weird. After several ...
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Downgraded on company-paid flight - who gets compensated?

While traveling for work, I was downgraded from business class to economy class. The airline will have to compensate me for this change, in cash, vouchers, or miles. Am I personally entitled to this ...
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Re-negotiating after getting a second offer? [closed]

I received an offer for new position from company A (senior engineering position), and tried to negotiate a for slightly higher salary. They accepted and gave me 4 days additional to submit final ...
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Posting health insurance details online

I need to select between two different health plans at my new employer and I'm not entirely clear on the difference between them. Is there any issue with posting the details online (on a Q&A site, ...
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Is it normal for companies to provide a relocation allowance? [closed]

I have just accepted my first job abroad and I will have to move around various AirBnB and hostel forms of accommodation for the first few months as I do not have enough money saved up to pay for the ...
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Continuously Denying PTO

About a month ago, my boss came back from a 2 week vacation. I have a lot of PTO (paid time off) built up and I wanted to take a week so I wouldn't lose it. My boss denied it saying we had a high ...
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Is it appropriate to negotiate a higher salary if I don't require healthcare?

I'm graduating college in May and will be joining a technology start-up in San Francisco afterwards. One of the benefits that this start-up provides is a health care plan, which I don't need because I'...