I Can Negotiate THAT with Work?
If you’re working mother, finding a better work/life balance is surely a top priority for you. After all, who wants to spend more time and work and less tie at home with their beautiful children?
Well, do I have some good news for you. The thing that so many women don’t realize is that there is room for negotiation about more than just getting a raise, an extra vacation day here and there or a little more maternity leave than the norm.
Here are some of the things that, if you’re a good at your job, you can negotiate with your bosses for a better life all round:
For some reasons, sabbaticals are more commonly associated with the academic community and scientists than they are people who work in offices, but if you’re high up in your organization, there is a very good chance that you could swing a short sabbatical of a few months, with pay – it all depends on how much value you bring to your company – the more value you bring, the more leverage you have. It’s certainly something to think about if you want to spend a little more time relaxing and having fun with your kids and less time stressed out at work.
Training and Development
If you’re a mom with ambition, then you’re probably going to want to improve your education at some point, so that you can do more and be more. Of course, education can be expensive, and when you have a young family to think about, it isn’t always possible to put getting that advanced degree at the top of your priority pile.
However, if you’re a senior-level employee or you’re a candidate that a company really takes on, there is every chance that you could negotiate not only having your company pay for your continued education, but also for them to give you time out of work to study towards it.
This might seem like it’s too good to be true, but the fact is, the more educated a company’s staff are, the more competitive they are likely to be on the whole, so it is far from the impossibility you might imagine.
Working from home is something that a lot of people, especially women, strive for because it is much easier to set up the right kind of work/life balance and spend more time with the kids when you don’t have to commute to work and you can pretty much set your own schedule most of the time.
The good news is, because numerous studies have shown that telecommuters are more productive than their peers, and because it is often cheaper to run a business with employees who work from home, more and more employers are going for it. So, ask, and you might just be surprised!
Not only that but if you take a look at this employers health and safety procedure guide, you will see that employers have a wide range of obligations towards their staff. In many cases, this applies to home workers too, which means you could not only get to work from home, but your employer might also spring for various safety improvements in your home office too! It all depends on your exact employee-employer situation, but it’s worth finding out about.
As an important employee or candidate, you may even be able to negotiate a wide range of lifestyle bonuses that will make your life a little easier. For example, you might be able to get a free gym membership or company car thrown in with your salary as a sweetener, or if you have a proven record of being a great salesperson, you might be able to get membership to the local golf club or regular time at that great local restaurant thrown in. These perks will ensure that, even though you’re a working mom, you can still have some me-time and you won’t have to worry about paying for it!
Some clients at some companies have been able to successfully negotiate a wardrobe allowance. These are generally people who spend a lot of time customer-facing or taking meetings who need to look smart, particularly those working high up in business who have access to important clients. If you fit the bill, you could get a whole new professional wardrobe for free!
Negotiating severance pay is something that is imminently doable, and it is important for a number of reasons. It is good to have, for example, if you want to give up your high-flying career to set up your own company or work for a small startup where the risks are high, or even if you want to give up work completely to look after your kids for a while. Knowing that you have a great severance package to fall back on will make doing any of those things a little easier on you. It’ll also take the sting out of being fired should that ever happen to you.
A lot of companies will be willing to offer you stocks and shares in them if you agree to work for them, or if you are high up and looking for a reason to stick around, and they can be a nice little extra to have. I mean, imagine if you’d negotiated stocks in Apple or Google back in the day, how well would you be doing now?
Obviously, most employers aren’t just going to hand you any of these things on a plate, and you definitely aren’t going to get all of them, which means that you, first of all, need to work out which one or two benefits are most important to you and then come up with some pretty good reasons why you should get them. You’re also going to need something to bring to the table. If you can do that, then it’s just a matter of showing how these things will add more value to the company by improving the way you work, or even just by securing your presence in the company. Good luck!