- Create a win-win. How does unpaid time off work benefit both you and the employer?
- Give information about your “why.” The more reasonable you make the request and the more information you give that help create the story about why you need the time and why it would be worth it for them to grant it, can be the game changer you need.
- Have the right mindset. Ask rather than demand, and assume it is going to work out in your favor. The mindset that you have when you enter into the negotiation with your employer has a large impact on the result. Don’t go in expecting a fight. Expect a solution that works for both parties.
- Provide impact information. Do the work for your employer. Help them understand the risks vs. the rewards of allowing you to take the leave. Be honest. The easier you make it for your employer to grant your request, the more likely they will approve it.
Carol Barkes, CPM, is a trend-setting mediator, business executive and educator specializing in the use of neuroscience to improve business performance, interpersonal communications, negotiation and conflict resolution processes for optimally successful results. She is also a speaker, educator, and author of the bestselling book: Success Breakthroughs.
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