By | Camille Noe Pagan | www.themuse.com
By now, you probably know that a salary is negotiable.
But that’s just one of the workplace policies and perks up for discussion. Whether it’s explicitly said or not, things like flexible working arrangements, maternity or paternity leave, and even the projects you get to work on may not be set in stone.
Of course, this doesn’t mean you should start making demands during first-round interviews or during week one of a new job. But if you’re a valued team member, or starting a senior position, you have a lot more leeway.
“Employees at the start of their career may not have much leverage,” says David Lewis, president and CEO of OperationsInc, a Stamford, CT–based human resources outsourcing and consulting company. “But those with five or more years experience are often in a position to work with their employers to find solutions that make their job a better fit for their lifestyle.”
So, get ready to speak up. Here are five things beyond your salary that you may be able to negotiate—and expert advice on the best way to approach each.
1. Flex Time
Contrary to popular belief, many of us aren’t working strict 9-to-5s. Four out of five employees around the world with graduate degrees report having access to flexible working arrangements of some sort, according to a 2013 survey from nonprofit research group Catalyst.
Lest you think flex time is primarily of interest to working moms, the survey found that 50% of all workers without children at home declared flexible working arrangements “very or extremely important.” “Compressed workweeks, reduced work schedules, job sharing, and staggered start and end times are no longer the exception to the rule,” says Anna Beninger, senior research associate at Catalyst who authored the report.