If you know you've been working hard and need something to keep you from losing your mind/perusing Monster.com, try asking for some paid time off instead of more money. Work/life balance and stress-management trainer Joe Robinson
said, "Tell your boss about how many studies have proven productivity goes up after a vacation." And lest you feel guilty for taking that full two weeks, Robinson added that vacations were actually started in the '20s and '30s when companies learned that people got more done after a break. "That's the way to get employees to be productive—not to put them through a triathlon in pants, but to let them get recharged on a regular basis."