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Health, Dental, and...Gas?

Health, Dental, and...Gas?

While we know the days of pensions and working at the same company for 30 years or more are long gone, that doesn't mean you can't hope for a few perks when taking that 9-5 gig. The question is...do you know what to ask for?

Think about what you really need and want. Sure, the standard two or three weeks of vacation/personal days, health and dental and a 401(k) are nice—but what would really sweeten the deal?

For many, it's divvied up into things money can and can't buy. For instance, does your workplace offer a stipend to offset commuting costs? Find out whether you can get money for gas or public transportation fare. Lots of employees these days want flexible schedules—can you job share or take time when you need it?

Don't be afraid to ask during the interview process—or even in the first few months of starting a job—for the things you'd like to have (though negotiations are easier before being hired.) Employers are getting wise to the fact that they need to create a work environement that meets the needs of employees, and most are more than willing to help out.

Do you have any creative workplace perks? Share them here! [NYT]

Posted: 8/7/08
Dadeeyo189

Well, at my internship (hehehehe), there were free tampons in the ladies room!!!! And they weren the good kind, not the generic ones that will only last for an hour.

Also, at my other job, I get free water, candy, and when the deans have luncheons, the left over (good) food.