How To Get Your Boss To Pay For Your Move
Negotiating is definitely a skill, and it’s one that can make a huge difference in determining whether you as a woman are paid fairly at a new job. Research has shown that women are less likely to negotiate their salary when accepting a new position, whereas men more frequently counter a starting offer — a difference that contributes significantly to the still-pervasive gender wage gap in the United States.
In 2020, most women are aware that it’s essential to negotiate fair pay. But did you know that negotiation can also include non-salary considerations, like extra benefits, additional vacation days, remote or flexible work agreements, and more? It’s true, and especially in cases where your supervisor or hiring manager indicates there’s no room in their budget to negotiate on salary, you should always be prepared to introduce the idea of negotiating for better perks to sweeten the deal.
One under-discussed but incredibly helpful benefit that can be included in a hiring package is a relocation bonus. If you receive an offer for a job in another city, or if your company asks you to relocate to take on additional leadership or accept a promotion, you could be eligible for a relocation bonus, or compensation from the company designed to pay for or offset the costs of your move.
A relocation bonus can be paid out in a variety of ways, and it won’t always come as a lump sum. In some cases, companies will work with a third party to coordinate your move or may give you access to an expense account under which you can book things like a moving van, packing materials, flight costs, and even hotel stays you book for overnight moves.
That’s just the start: there are plenty of other moving-related costs that your company might be able to foot the bill for. The key is to ask — and to ask the right way. That’s why the infographic below by the moving platform MyMove has broken down all of the essentials, from different types of relocation assistance to the exact way you should word your request. Take a look through the tips listed to prepare for the relocation conversation. And then go get that cash!