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Tips for Negotiating Your Employment Agreement

Tips for Negotiating Your Employment Agreement

Employees are sometimes asked to sign written contracts or agreements at the beginning of their employment or even to sign a page out of their employee handbook without knowing just what they have agreed to and what the implications are in terms of their rights. It is also important to note that these contracts can be negotiable, and some employees do choose to negotiate benefits and compensation, for example. During contract negotiation, two parties undertake a discussion to come to a resolution – in employment matters, these negotiations are often over salary and benefits specifically, but other subjects sometimes also include what grounds for termination are included, severance, and more. 

Developing a strategy with an experienced employment law attorney is ideal after an employer has reached out to offer you a position. The Columbus, Ohio Employment Agreement Review Lawyers of Marshall Formal & Schlein can review and negotiate employment contracts on behalf of both employers and employees,  contact us today for a free consultation. 

Preparation Beforehand

Some of the most helpful tips to keep in mind when approaching these circumstances include the following:

  • Thinking of the process as an opportunity for you to seek out a comfortable fit
  • Trying to prepare by finding out what to expect from the process as much as possible. You and your attorney can do this by researching the employer and gathering information on such important topics as the history of salary and benefit provisions for other employees
  • Writing down your ideal goals and even what your idea contract would look like; be as specific as possible with terms. Ensure you are clear on what you are willing and unwilling to concede

Bring Specific Skills to the Table

Some of the most important skills involved in employment contract negotiations include the following:

  • Good communication skills
  • Being flexible, open-minded, and realistic
  • Remaining cordial throughout the process
  • Staying level-headed
  • Staying committed to everything that is negotiable
  • Thinking beyond just your salary
  • Being prepared to ‘stick to your guns’ on what is important

Columbus, Ohio Employment Agreement Review Lawyers

The Columbus, Ohio, employment law attorneys of Marshall Forman & Schlein help employees and employers with employment contracts. We ensure that parties understand the terms, and if unfavorable, we are able to suggest and negotiate more advantageous adjustments. Contact us today for a free consultation and read more about the clients we’ve helped through the years here.

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