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10.12.21 The Assist #55

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Today’s checklist:



Job Negotiations: There’s No Such Thing as an Offer You Can’t Refuse 

You went above and beyond to land that job you really want. Now it’s time to talk numbers, salary numbers, benefits figures, and all those other painful but life-altering details. It may be tempting, especially when you really want the job, to be as agreeable and non-confrontational as possible. You’ll probably take the job no matter what they offer, after all… But wait! No one needs to know that, and being “too agreeable to negotiate” often translates to being “too agreeable to maximize your earning potential.” Negotiating for the best pay now determines your starting point for all future negotiations and can benefit you long after you’ve left the job in question. Pay Negotiation Facts and Figures

  • 64% of job seekers accept the first offer. (Don’t be one of them!)

  • Negotiating a starting offer of $40,000 up to $45,000 could lead to $750,000 in additional lifetime earnings, according to ZipRecruiter calculations.

  • Negotiation won’t come as a surprise. Surveys suggest most (70% by some estimates and 84% by others) hiring managers expect people to negotiate.

What about the risk of losing your offer, you ask? That risk is unlikely, a.k.a. not worth sacrificing the potential benefits. Recruiter and career coach Caroline Ceniza-Levine wrote on Forbes, “In my 23 years of recruiting, I only saw one job offer rescinded during the negotiation.” (BTW, the offer she mentioned was rescinded because the applicant demonstrated a lack of integrity — not because they negotiated.) Pay Negotiation Basics

  • Present your worth by the numbers.

  • Leverage any time tracking or project management technologies you use to inventory your strengths and accomplishments.

  • Plan exactly what to say.

  • If the hiring manager makes “closed door” comments about budgets and salary ranges, then you can express a desire to renegotiate in 6 months or pivot your negotiations to your non-compensation benefits package.

  • If the hiring manager presents a figure you’re unhappy with, you do not need to become tough and combative, as good negotiators are often portrayed in popular culture. You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar, as the old saying goes. Check out this script for using a gratitude sandwich to launch your negotiation.

  • Generally swipe and adapt some of these scripts to serve your needs.



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Why You Should Take Personality Quizzes with Your Team

1) They’re super fun and practically everyone (even secretly) enjoys taking them 2) The insights could help you understand each other (and yourself) better by revealing nuggets of truth about habits, perspectives, and inclinations 3) You can leverage the insights to collaborate more efficiently and more effectively “We all have different personality types that can sometimes be difficult to work with as it's just not our style,” said Kerry D. on the SnackNation EA Facebook community. “Educating yourself on different personality types from your own gives an understanding of the why and what you can do differently to help you in communicating with your opposite type.” The Best Quizzes for Teams

Read more about how you can leverage personality data on the Zapier blog.



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Wellness Riddle: I Love to Fall but Cannot Climb…  

That’s right! The answer is “water.” Drinking enough of it might be the easiest, cheapest, and fastest way to boost your wellness. What water can do for you

  • It naturally “detoxes” by ushering waste from your body as urination and perspiration.

  • It lubricates your joints and makes movement, even intense physical activity, much smoother.

  • It keeps your mood in check. (Being even a little dry can affect your mood.)

  • It moves oxygen all over your body so all your processes, including digestion, run as they should.

  • It helps you produce all that saliva you need to eat delicious food.

  • It reduces the risk of bladder infection.

  • It helps manage your appetite, as about 37% of people tend to confuse thirst for hunger.

How much to drink Precise requirements depend on where you live and also a myriad of other lifestyle factors. Experts at the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommend about 3.7 liters for most men and 2.7 liters for most women. One nutritionist writing for the U.S. News & World Report recommends dividing your body weight in half and drinking that many ounces of water each day. The good news is that most people do not need to worry about getting too much. “Drinking too much water is rarely a problem for healthy, well-nourished adults,” say the experts at Mayo Clinic. “Athletes occasionally may drink too much water in an attempt to prevent dehydration during long or intense exercise.” Signs you might be dehydrated

  • Dry mouth

  • Bad breath

  • Constipation

  • Fuzzy thinking

  • Irregular mood fluctuations

  • Dark colored and/or strong-smelling urine

  • Dizziness

  • Fatigue

  • Dry eyes

  • Dry lips

  • Urinating 4 or fewer times a day

Hydration Hacks Here are some glorious tips from The Fearless Kind:

  • Drink some water the moment you wake up

  • Drink some water right before bed

  • Get a water bottle you love and make it part of your signature style

  • Add mint, cucumbers, berries, lemons or limes to your water

  • Have a cup both before and after each meal

  • Drink a cup along with your coffee



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Make Your Team “Resignation Resilient”

Last week, we talked about boosting morale during the Great Resignation. Here are some tips for helping your team survive and thrive when people leave:

  • Document processes to make as much knowledge “open-source” as possible.

  • Cross-train team members so everyone knows how to do a little bit of everything. (Maybe some people thinking about leaving will find their niche in a different department and decide to stay.)

  • Keep job descriptions up to date, even if you’re not planning on hiring.

  • Conduct pulse surveys to better spot trouble on the horizon.

  • Carve out plenty of opportunities for building relationships and also support networks so no one feels alone, even if some of their closest colleagues at work leave.



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