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Realty Firm Offers Raise for Company Tattoo

Gabriel Chapman(NEW YORK) -- Anthony Lolli, founder and owner of Rapid Realty, is giving his employees a chance to show their team spirit and earn some extra cash by getting a tattoo of the company logo on their bodies.

Rapid Realty, based in Brooklyn, N.Y., has 62 locations from New Jersey to Boston and 1,100 employees.

Lolli said about 40 employees have taken him up on his offer for a 15 percent raise if they get a tattoo of the company logo.

It all started about a year and a half ago, when one of Lolli’s top agents worked with a tattoo artist to find commercial space. After the artist suggested he get a tattoo, the agent decided on the company logo.

That inspired Lolli to implement a company-wide program that allows workers to get a 15 percent raise if they do charity work, produce certain benchmarks, mentor a new employee, or if they get inked.

Tyler Evenson, 25, is a licensed real estate agent with Rapid Realty in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn. He said he was the second person to get a tattoo of the company logo almost two years ago.

“When I did it, we were very proud of our company and where we worked and it was fun for us,” said Evenson, who has the tattoo on his right arm.

Evenson said he has numerous tattoos, so it “wasn’t a new thing for me.”

“When I did it, it wasn’t a big deal for us. I would consider myself a pretty good agent. I had been here for a while and established myself with the company,” he said.

The tattoos are on all sorts of places on the body, Evenson said, mostly on arms, ankles and backs.

When asked if some employees might feel pressured into getting a tattoo, Evenson said he didn’t think so. “It’s a tattoo, so it’s a pretty serious thing. You’re getting something permanently inked on you, so you definitely want it,” he said.

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Most Americans Would Choose 5% Raise over More Vacation Time

Steve Cole/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Taking time off from work to recharge your batteries is vital, but a new survey reveals a majority of Americans  -- 56 percent -- put more value on earnings and would choose a 5 percent raise over two weeks’ vacation.

The finding comes from a new Job Happiness Survey of 26,000 Americans by Yahoo! Finance and Parade magazine.

Additional findings:

  • When asked what age they expect to retire, 28 percent said they’d finish up at age 66 to 70.  Just 15 percent think they’ll actually retire at 65; age 66-70: 28 percent; age 60-64: 20 percent; age 65: 15 percent; younger than 60: 13 percent; older than 76: 13 percent
  • If respondents could do it all over again, 59 percent say they would not choose the same career they work in now.  Forty-one percent say they would.
  • Fifty-one percent of respondents say they would be friends with colleagues if they didn't work with them.
  • If respondents lost their jobs tomorrow, 27 percent say they’d have no savings to tide them over.  Twenty-six percent have only one to three months of savings.  Fifteen percent have four to six months of savings squirreled away, while 13 percent say they have more than two years.
  • Fifty-one percent of respondents say workers get ahead because of internal politics, while 27 percent believe it is hard work and initiative that move them forward.

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Could You Be Making More at Your Job?

Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Are you making as much money as you should be at your job?

According to jobs experts, women are a lot less likely than men to ask for a raise.

"[Women] think if they're doing a great job a boss is just going to say, 'Hey, you're doing a great job.  Would you like a raise?'  That never happens.  You really do have to ask," says Nicole Williams, an employment expert.

And don't underestimate what you're worth.

"If you do have valuable skills you definitely want to be articulating what your value is to the company and ask for that raise," Williams says.

If you're interested in what others are making in your position, you can compare wages and salaries at or

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