Part of becoming a well-rounded professional is knowing not only what you can provide and the value you can bring, but where to place that effort. Of course, as you cut your teeth in the industry you’ll probably take on opportunities just for something to work towards, and that can be a healthy attitude to take, and certainly preferable to turning up your nose at potential opened doors.
However, it’s also true to say that once you do become experienced, and even sought-after due to the skillset or experience you possess, you do get the chance to negotiate a better deal or make concerns heard when working within a company. Of course, there’s a balance here. Demanding a brand new office desk or a leather chair when the current provisions are more than acceptable is not necessarily realistic and won’t reflect on you well.
But when it comes to some provisions, you are absolutely within your right to demand worthwhile treatment, and some even no matter where you are on the career ladder. Let’s consider that approach and more, below:
Put Everything In Writing
It’s essential to put everything in writing if you notice a problem. This means that when you demand a solution to an issue, you can refer to an essential documented and paper trail that you can look back on to give your claim more backing. For instance, if you’ve raised issues with the conditions of safety equipment for a month now, you can’t be held liable if a safety issue occurs, and you could use this as potential legal backing for your intention to leave the firm – or a strong evidentiary backer should you be let go from the job for raising these problems.
Use Essential Legal Advice
Unfortunately, companies that are in the wrong are incentivized to convince you that a noticeable problem is less of an issue than it really is. The people who can more easily pore over your contract and understand where you may be incentivized away from essential employment law is that of a capable compensation lawyer – which are more than worth your time to use. This may help you win an injury claim and help you get the amount of compensation you really do deserve – not what those incentivized to handle the claim are liable to say.
Reassert Your Worth
It’s important to make certain that you know your worth. Looking for other opportunities after a year with a firm can be a worthwhile place to start. This helps you potentially negotiate a better salary with your given company, knowing that if not, you have a backup plan to move forward to. It can also be worth reporting issues or even collectively organizing with your employees, as essential workers in Amazon and companies like Starbucks are starting to do. Standards are your right to fight for, so don’t be afraid to do so.
With this advice, you’re sure to demand better standards for your career. Going forward, you’ll be in the best place possible.