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The Best Ways to Negotiate in 2022 for Working Moms

  • 9th May'22

Many factors influenced female employment in the late 1960s. The civil rights movement, equal opportunity legislation, and the women's rights movement all helped to establish a society that encouraged more women to work outside the home.

Women stayed home and raised children until later in life, and even had fewer children than in earlier decades. Women tended to enter the workforce even before their children started school as a result of improved child care, and they were able to keep their jobs longer than in decades past.

As a result, The Negotiation Institute (TNI) was created in 1966 during the same decade. Working mothers in the business, government, educational, and non-profit sectors have been TNI clients for decades. Customized training programs and industry specialists in negotiation, dispute resolution, leadership, presentation, and communication, to name a few, have been deployed.

The Women in Negotiation (WIN) summit was founded when Jack Simony became chairman in 2009. He has also served as a trustee for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and as the UN representative for Human Rights Advocates International for three years. He is also currently a senior adviser for the Ashcroft Law Firm. 

Sara Laschver, co-author of Women Don't Ask, was hired as academic director, while Daniella Kahane was later added as Executive Director/CEO. WIN Summit now provides training, workshops, and coaching to negotiating working moms who want to grow their professions or business strategy. 

In the year 2022, working mothers will recover from a global pandemic and re-set the rules of work and family life. You can now use these important negotiation methods for working women with confidence. This can all contribute to a new, stronger, and more empowering working motherhood.


Reclaim and reframe the title of "Mother"

This transition marks a milestone moment in history, because it is the first time we are calling out an unjust false idea - that women needed to hide their personal responsibilities because it made them less committed to or competent at work. Women and society are finally calling out this underground bias, which has strong double standards for men, whose trust and even promotions go up when they become fathers. Businesses will take time to adopt this, but we are on the right track. Know that your parenting experience/skills are an asset to be celebrated, not a flaw to be concealed.


Recognize that everything is up for negotiation

When you're in the middle of a job interview, keep in mind that this is an opportunity for both the company and you to interview each other. Inquire about parental leave rules, PTO, WFH flexibility, and other potential perks. Some employers now provide tutoring credits for your children, after-school daycare, and four-day workweeks, among many other lifestyle perks and bonuses that may or may not be on your radar. Before you go into an interview, think critically. What things would you place a high value on that might not even be offered initially, but can be negotiated?


Choose your non-negotiable

You will have things in your life that you do not want to negotiate, but at the same time know that everything is negotiable. You will be non-negotiable as a parent with children at distinct phases, which will likely evolve as your position as a parent evolves. For example, you can adjust your schedule to meet your requirements and establish the daily dinner and sleep routine with your children that you now value. Identify your non-negotiables before a discussion to keep them up front. It's easy to slip in personal agendas or get distracted in a conversation with high stakes.


Know your value 

Stabilize and then toss off your insecurities and imposter syndrome (we all have it, no matter how successful women we are) and get down to compose a value statement. Negotiation methods for working women are simple. What contribution do you make to a team? What are your special abilities? What makes you unique in your field? What does it feel like to be near you? Write the piece after thinking about yourself through the eyes of your best friend, mother, or sibling. Develop yourself. You've earned it.


Describe how you can help the other person

Share a vision that can inspire people to join you, not only by highlighting experiences but also by predicting future ones. Your passion will set you apart, whether it's for a project or a position (and the “reason” behind the passion).


Negotiating working moms must come prepared

We give away our strength all too frequently by failing to come prepared with the information or facts we require. To that aim, we recommend that everyone keep track of their professional achievements and celebrate tiny victories as well as big ones. It will also assist you in recalling, recounting, and tracking the numerous tasks you handled and completed at work, which can be difficult to recollect and recall over time.


Consider negotiation as a way to connect and solve problems for mutual benefit

Instead of attacking or confronting your counterpart with a problem, search for opportunities to put them in the solution-finding role. Instead of putting them on the defensive, this will encourage them to want to help you, resulting in a win-win situation for both sides. Whether it's your spouse picking up more slack at home, your boss letting you part-time work from home, or not interrupting hours between 6 and 8 p.m., there's something for everyone.


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