It’s that time of year again – performance review season is about to kick off amidst a global pandemic. This ‘Hey HR’ Question is one many of you are going to be asking yourselves over the next few months, ‘How to Ask for a Raise During the Covid Pandemic?’. Check out my surprising answer here.
Are you having job offer negotiation jitters while interviewing for a new role? If you’re currently interviewing for a new job you may be wondering what type of negotiation power you have, if any, in the current market. Whether you’re in the market because you’re currently unemployed due to COVID-19 or you’re ready for a change based on other factors, this Hey HR Hotline will help you prepare for your upcoming new job offer negotiation!
I’m hearing from many of you that you’re nervous about your job prospects and the pressure is on. There is a lot of fear being stirred up by the news and current political climate that our future is uncertain and times are tough. But what if you chose not to believe that? What if, instead, you believed this is the perfect time to get clear on what’s important for you moving forward in your life and your career and you can create it? If you’ve found yourself stuck, afraid to take action, and have created a story in your mind that “now is not a good time to look for a new job” this HEY HR Q&A is for you!
Getting to choose who I work with is one of the many benefits of having my own business. This choice is an honor and it’s also a privilege. I would not have the life or business I have today if it wasn’t for the support of others. No one rises alone. Having access to money gives us options, choices, and the power to change our lives and the lives of others. We need to invest financially in making Black Lives Matter because Black women are worthy women.
So, today I want to highlight and amplify the voices of experts I rely on regularly who are also women of color.
These women may be behind the scenes to you, but they are integral to the success of Own Your Worth and I wouldn’t be here without them. They are worthy of being recognized front and center!
Having to tell your employee “today will be your last day” is what every people manager dreads most. Also difficult? Having to tell your team they’re taking a pay cut but you still expect them to show up and work hard. But, perhaps the most difficult part about being a leader is leading when you’ve also taken a pay cut, you’re emotional, and your future is uncertain. If you are managing people at work during these difficult times this Hey HR Hotline is for you.
One of our readers wants to know whether they have any negotiation power after being asked to take a pay cut to save your job as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Here are three things to consider when negotiating a pay cut.
Maternity leave is essential. As a matter of fact, parental leave is essential. It’s not a luxury or a nice to have, it’s a necessity. In order for us as parents to raise a generation of children who become adults who are present, considerate, and change agents for a better society, we ourselves have to be present, mindful, and taken care of in order to care for those we love. Unfortunately, the US is still at the bottom of the list when it comes to paid parental leave benefits and there is evidence of paid-leave disparities by race and ethnicity. In 2020, US employers and the US government are failing to offer equitable and sufficient family leave benefits. Most of us are left to struggle on our own as we navigate parenthood, our careers, and our health. If we’re going to move the needle on current leave programs and policies it’s important to advocate for ourselves, our families, and our colleagues in order to hold our employers accountable to change.
Our first caller wants to know how she should answer the dreaded, open-ended question “So, tell me about yourself?” during the interview process – especially in the post COVID-19 job market. If you unexpectedly lost your job due to Covid-19 or you’re putting your job search on hold because you’re feeling grateful to even have one, this Q&A is for you.
Last year on Mother’s Day I was out to lunch with my Mom, sister, and husband when it suddenly hit me. I looked across the table with tear filled eyes and said: “I would have been 5 months pregnant today, Mom”. I suffered a pregnancy loss in January of 2019. Mother’s Day for me last year had a whole new meaning. It was the first time I knew I was ready to be a Mom and yet I was sad that I didn’t know for sure if I’d be able to celebrate a Mother’s Day of my own in the future. So on that day last year, as I celebrated my Mother I also mothered myself. I allowed space to feel my sadness and gave myself the love I needed to know that I would be okay. And what I couldn’t know or see that day was a gift in the making – I would become pregnant with Noah later that month.
I know you’re receiving messages and emails by the minute regarding the risks, status, and unknown’s of the Coronavirus. These times may feel uncertain and bring up fear of the future so I am wishing you health, safety, and the peace of taking each day one at a time. By now you may be required to work from home full time for the health and safety of you and your colleagues. If your organization has not yet addressed this please feel free to ask to work from home if you don’t feel comfortable traveling!
Transforming your relationship with money is a secret weapon of negotiation. In order to confidently negotiate for more money, or more of what you want in your life, you have to be ready and willing to receive it. You have to remove any roadblocks in your path that are preventing you from allowing more (money, love, abundance, gratitude) into your life. In order to receive more, you have to believe you’re worthy of receiving it!
You’ve received a job offer and you’re ready to negotiate salary, woohoo! Now what?! If you haven’t already prepared to negotiate prior to receiving the offer, it’s too late and here’s why: you’re under pressure. The excitement of interviewing, moving forward in the process, and hearing the words “you’re the one” can quickly wear off when you realize it’s time to talk about money. The pressure is on: do you say yes or do you ask for more? In order to land the best new job offer possible and to celebrate your new role and paycheck, it pays to do some prep work.
Is an unexpected job loss in your work history preventing you from showing up confidently and negotiating for your worth at work? One of the hardest things you may have to navigate in your career is losing a job. Even if you receive advanced notice that your position is being eliminated and a severance agreement, losing a job is a major life event. Job loss affects people both psychologically and financially, and the question I receive from clients who have gone through this is: “How do I build confidence after losing my job and negotiate for future success?”
If you haven’t heard the word “no” in a negotiation, you haven’t actually negotiated. I know, I know – this sounds harsh, right? The biggest fear holding you back from negotiating could very well be hearing the word “no”! But I believe going for “no” is one of the most important negotiation strategies there is, especially for women.
I have so much to be grateful for in 2019 and I want to take this opportunity to thank you for being a part of our community. I am so grateful I can celebrate a year of abundance, challenges, and firsts, as well as shine a bright light on Own Your Worth® clients who have taken bold action to create major achievements in their lives and careers.
The million dollar negotiation question is this: “What am I really worth?!” Let’s face it, what you really want to know before you ask for a raise is “what am I really worth”, right? Wanting to know what your worth is the biggest thing I see holding clients back from asking for a raise. They’re afraid they’ll ask for “too much” or “not enough”. They’re afraid they’ll be asked to justify the numbers and won’t know how to prove their case.
I’m celebrating! I’m about to become a Mom! While this is a very exciting time in my life, it’s also a time of uncertainty. So many changes are on the horizon and it’s yet another leap into the unknown. As a business owner, the pressure I put on myself (and feel from society) to have this “working mom” thing all figured out – before the baby’s arrival – is real. I know many women in corporate feel the same way.
If you’ve done your homework and you’re ready to be paid fairly for your contribution, it always starts with your “ask”. Depending on the review cycle, budget approval process, and current circumstances within your organization, it may take a couple of months to see a raise, but setting the stage and getting your bosses buy in at your annual review is as good of a time as any to start the conversation. It’s important you know what you’re up against, your bosses perspective, and how long you may potentially have to wait.
Negotiation gives you agency in your own life. No matter what side of the table you’re sitting on during a negotiation, here are 3 negotiation skills every leader needs to master in order to be effective.
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