As employees, we all wish we could get more vacation days. The problem is that most candidates fail to properly negotiate their vacation days when they are offered a certain position. They immediately see the salary and experience they are about to acquire but fail to realize that vacation days are just as important to negotiate from the get go. Vacation is incredibly important to employees. Because stress at work can contribute to all types of diseases.

So how can to negotiate your vacation days like a pro?

NEGOTIATE AS SOON AS YOUR ARE BEING INTERVIEWED

If you’re just starting a job, try to negotiate during the interview process. As soon as you realize you are about to get the job, ask questions about advantages and vacation days. If the company is really interested in having you, you can use that as a bargaining chip. Do not be afraid to ask. You might be surprised to notice that they even give you more than you were ever expecting. The trick is to not let too much time go by before you start this conversation

PRESENT THE BENEFITS OF VACATION DAYS

Enjoying vacation days is necessary for any employee. It is a great way to disconnect to better reconnect. If you want to maximize the number of days off you get,take the time to tell your boss about how taking some time off will make you a better employee. A study as found that employees who take the necessary amount of time off have less stress and are more productive and also has found out that for each additional 10 hours of vacation an employee took, their performance ratings improved eight percent.

BE REASONABLE

When negotiating vacation, it’s wise to show flexibility. For instance, you can agree to not take all the vacation at once. Make it a win-win situation for each party. Be honest with your boss about the periods when you will be most likely to go on vacation. This will make it easier for your team to plan your absence.

 

Do not forget that a job interview is not a one way street. It is important for you to as questions as well in order to truly decide if this position is the best option for you.

Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Shortstints

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