If you'd tell most people that accepting a salary that's less than what they'd hoped for would be beneficial, they would probably look at you in disbelief. Most of us work, in part, to get paid, and the bigger the paycheck, the better.

But there may be circumstances where the salary offer is not what you expected – it's lower. Before you nix the idea of accepting a lower-paying job, take these payoffs into account. While your bank account may not grow as quickly as you'd like it to, you can still be rewarded in other ways.

1. More Respected Job Title

There will hopefully come a time when your manager feels the time is right to promote you to a higher and more meaningful role within the company. But not every company has the budget to up your salary as well.

Accept the offer and gain more respect amongst your co-workers and clients. Show that you're in it to win it, and you have long-term aspirations within the company or in that particular field in general.

Salary.com notes, "It also allows you to negotiate a higher wage after a performance review, and to ask for more money when you start looking for a new job."

Update your LinkedIn profile and the new job title alone can open up new doors with exciting possibilities. So even though you didn't see an instant salary hike, with time, things will fall into place and quite likely into your bank account.

2. Better Benefits

A significant payment isn't always in the form of a direct salary. Benefits provided by an employer can be real money-savers that balance out a lower-than-desired monthly paycheck.

As per The Balance, "A company's benefits could easily outweigh the difference in weekly paychecks. Possibly the company has better health insurance, or offers on-site childcare for free." Salary adds, "Your salary might allow you to wind up breaking even—or even earning more than if you had to pay out-of-pocket for those items yourself."

Heck, they don't call them "benefits" for nothing!

3. Depends Where You Live

A paycheck in a remote town in Nebraska will go a heck of a lot further than it will in Manhattan. Location is a key component as to how much you should be willing to accept and still have a stable and satisfactory quality of life.

Perhaps a company will pay to relocate you to someplace where the cost of living is low. Not only will you gain new experiences and head out on new adventures, but you won't require as much money to have the things you desire. As Salary notes, "Making $80,000 in New York City but paying an exorbitant mortgage or rent could leave you poorer than if you took the same job somewhere else with much more affordable housing costs."

Additionally, if you already live in an area where the cost of living is lower than a major metropolis, don't compare average salaries across the country. As long as you can afford the way of life you're comfortable with, there's no need to squabble over a few extra bucks. Getting more for your money is a payoff in itself.

4. Work Remotely

When it comes to working from home part or all of the time, a reduction in salary will pay off in the forms of less stress and increased productivity. The lower salary will make up for itself in the now gone travel expenses, lack of need for an expensive work wardrobe, more time for sleep, and less interruption.

According to Salary, "Those who have a remote job can potentially save upwards of $11,000 annually on everything from commuting costs, office attire, and even lunches. So factor in those unseen but significant savings when you consider the salary on the table."

Working remotely can help one attain a more balanced way of being. As per The Balance, "Many people are willing to work for less payer if the trade-off is a better work-life balance, lower stress levels, a better schedule, or even a shorter (or no) commute."

Working from home is a dream come true for some and well worth a lower paycheck thanks to the many perks.

Don't give up your dream job, or at least a good one, based on salary alone. Keep these factors in mind when you're going through the hiring process and realize what makes "cents" for the time being.

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Over two years into the most momentous event in our lives the world has changed forever … Some of us have PTSD from being locked up at home, some are living like everything’s going to end tomorrow, and the rest of us are merely trying to get by. When the pandemic hit we entered a perpetual state of vulnerability, but now we’re supposed to return to normal and just get on with our lives.

What does that mean? Packed bars, concerts, and grocery shopping without a mask feel totally strange. We got used to having more rules over our everyday life, considering if we really had to go out or keeping Zooming from our living rooms in threadbare pajama bottoms.

The work-from-home culture changed it all. Initially, companies were skeptical about letting employees work remotely, automatically assuming work output would fall and so would the quality. To the contrary, since March of 2020 productivity has risen by 47%, which says it all. Employees can work from home and still deliver results.

There are a number of reasons why everyone loves the work from home culture. We gained hours weekly that were wasted on public transport, people saved a ton of money, and could work from anywhere in the world. Then there were the obvious reasons like wearing sweats or loungewear all week long and having your pets close by. Come on, whose cat hasn’t done a tap dance on your keyboard in the middle of that All Hands Call!

Working from home grants the freedom to decorate your ‘office’ any way you want. But then people needed a change of environment. Companies began requesting their employees' RTO, thus generating the Hybrid Work Model — a blend of in-person and virtual work arrangements. Prior to 2020, about 20% of employees worked from home, but in the midst of the pandemic, it exploded to around 70%.

Although the number of people working from home increased and people enjoyed their flexibility, politicians started calling for a harder RTW policy. President Joe Biden urges us with, “It’s time for Americans to get back to work and fill our great downtowns again.”

While Boris Johnson said, “Mother Nature does not like working from home.'' It wasn’t surprising that politicians wanted people back at their desks due to the financial impact of working from the office. According to a report in the BBC, US workers spent between $2,000 - $5,000 each year on transport to work before the pandemic.

That’s where the problem lies. The majority of us stopped planning for public transport, takeaway coffee, and fresh work-appropriate outfits. We must reconsider these things now, and our wallets are paying

the price. Gas costs are at an all-time high, making public transport increase their fees; food and clothes are all on a steep incline. A simple iced latte from Dunkin’ went from $3.70 to $3.99 (which doesn’t seem like much but 2-3 coffees a day with the extra flavors and shots add up to a lot), while sandwiches soared by 14% and salads by 11%.

This contributes to the pressure employees feel about heading into the office. Remote work may have begun as a safety measure, but it’s now a savings measure for employees around the world.

Bloomberg are offering its US staff a $75 daily commuting stipend that they can spend however they want. And other companies are doing the best they can. This still lends credence to ‘the great resignation.’ Initially starting with the retail, food service, and hospitality sectors which were hard hit during the pandemic, it has since spread to other industries. By September 2021, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 4.4 million resignations.

That’s where the most critical question lies…work from home, work from the office or stick to this new hybrid world culture?

Borris Johnson thinks, “We need to get back into the habit of getting into the office.” Because his experience of working from home “is you spend an awful lot of time making another cup of coffee and then, you know, getting up, walking very slowly to the fridge, hacking off a small piece of cheese, then walking very slowly back to your laptop and then forgetting what it was you’re doing.”

While New York City Mayor Eric Adams says you “can't stay home in your pajamas all day."

In the end, does it really matter where we work if efficiency and productivity are great? We’ve proven that companies can trust us to achieve the same results — or better! — and on time with this hybrid model. Employees can be more flexible, which boosts satisfaction, improves both productivity and retention, and improves diversity in the workplace because corporations can hire through the US and indeed all over the world.

We’ve seen companies make this work in many ways, through virtual lunches, breakout rooms, paint and prosecco parties, and — the most popular — trivia nights.

As much as we strive for normalcy, the last two years cannot simply be erased. So instead of wiping out this era, it's time to embrace the change and find the right world culture for you.

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