How to Get Paid

Stock options still make sense, but the boss is getting other goodies. You might too--if you ask

With more than half of all stock options granted in the '90s underwater, you can bet the boss is finding other ways to get paid. So should you--when your turn comes through a job switch or promotion. The very latest in executive comp includes an old standby: more cash. But companies are giving in ways that fly beneath the radar as well, including enhanced retirement deals, generous prearranged severance (just in case!) and cash back for relocating.

Let's deal with stock options first. As disappointing as they have been, now is precisely the wrong time to give up on them. The...

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