Everything is negotiable at work.
- Your salary is negotiable.
- Your hours are negotiable.
- Vacation is negotiable.
- Health benefits are negotiable.
- Stock options are negotiable.
- Severance is negotiable.
Most of life is negotiable. See that sweater? It’s okay. Not my absolute favorite — but I was chilly and needed something to wear while traveling. So I asked for a discount.
The store manager said, “I’ll give you 20% off but you can’t return it.”
Joke’s on you, sucker. I don’t even live in your country.
Knowing that everything is negotiable doesn’t mean you should ask to negotiate. I know some of you are creationists; however, evolution and natural selection should have taught you that it’s best to observe a situation, prepare your case and use discretion to avoid failure.
If you think you can win and it is worth the risk, go ahead and try to negotiate. If you are in a position of weakness or too afraid to ask, you’ve already lost.