Despite its position at the end of the process, negotiation for a better offer is an important part of many job searches. You can negotiate many aspects of your compensation package, and you can often ask for more time off. As in other areas of negotiation, you need to tread lightly enough not to offend your new employer while still pushing for the best deal you can get. If you’re planning to negotiate for extra time off, consider the following tips:
Employ a multifaceted strategy.
If you jump straight into time-off negotiations after receiving an offer, you may be hurting yourself. Tackling other areas of your compensation package first can open up additional options for you. If, for instance, you successfully negotiate additional salary before beginning the discussion about time off, you may be able to offer to walk back that salary increase in return for the time off you want.
You should be able to explain to your employer how the additional time off will benefit them. Arm yourself with information about the impact a good balance between work and home life has on productivity. Let your employer know how much more effective you are when you can occasionally step away from work for a little while to clear your head.
Not all time off needs to come in the form of vacation. If your employers aren’t budging on time away from work, you still might be able to negotiate time working remotely or a flexible schedule that allows you to meet family obligations like picking a child up from school.
Continue to demonstrate your work ethic.
The biggest potential downside of asking for more time off is the risk of coming off like a slacker. To counteract this perception, do your research on the benefits of time off before you begin negotiation. This is one way to remind your employer of your hardworking nature and attention to detail.