make something worth somebody's while

make (something) worth (one's) while

To ensure that something is beneficial to someone or not a waste of their time. I was reluctant to do research at a different library, but it turned out to be totally worth my while, as they had a ton of books on my topic! Staying up late tonight won't be worth my while because then I'll be exhausted the whole rest of the week.
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make something ˌworth somebody’s ˈwhile

(informal) pay somebody well for doing something for you: If you can work on Saturdays and Sundays, we’ll make it worth your while.
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