Career Calling

December 22, 2012

Feel Trapped? Ask for 24 Hours.

Workers often end up in situations where they feel forced to make an instant decision:  a job offer, salary negotiation, performance reviews, or signing a disciplinary document.  One of my clients is involved in a negotiation that might not go his way.  I gave him this advice:  If you feel yourself getting angry or tongue-tied, ask for 24 hours to think about the situation.  Taking a day will let you make a clear decision and express yourself more clearly.

Some employers will demand instant action.  In those cases, do not assume good will. Ask what the consequence will be if you do not make an immediate decision.  Or ask why the employer will not give you a day to think about your decision.  Asking such questions will at least give you a few minutes to think about your action.  They might even change the employer’s mind.

If you are forced to act immediately, know that you have the right not to accept what the employer is offering.  It might cost you a job, but, in the long run, that could be a good thing.  Bully employers will keep asking for more and more.  Don’t give in to such people.

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