Corporate organizations are taking more active responsibility for diversity inclusion as time progresses. Nonetheless, there are still some lapses concerning community issues like salary negotiation. Negotiating a salary is one of the most nerve-wracking things anyone can do, made significantly more complex when you have to navigate prejudice against diversity. Whether you are rethinking the salary in your job offer or trying to upgrade your current salary, two things should determine your negotiation.
Your qualifications and experience depict the value that you are bringing to the organization, disability or diversity notwithstanding. Similarly, if you have been part of the organization and have a track record of milestones achieved for the company, there is enough value to support your negotiation. Some organizations may want to use diversity as a limitation to reinforce the offer they present, but you can counter that argument by emphasizing your unique value.
After considering the value you bring -or would be bringing- into the organization, you can make a stand for your salary to be reviewed or to get a counteroffer salary. However, negotiating is not only about the cash aspect. If there are accommodations that you will require to be a productive employee and function optimally at work, you should consider including them while negotiating a salary/ offer review.
You have to be conscious and confident of your potential, abilities, and value. Never accept anything less than what you deserve, and in that same vein, never be afraid to walk away from an offer that is not convenient.
A negotiation means there should be room for some give-and-take in the communication process. If the organization cannot afford to pay more than they offer, you can ask for other accommodations or flexibility. That way, you are getting value for your work alternatively. However, only compromise when the offer is not too far away from the industry expectations for your job role and qualifications.
The issues surrounding employment and salary culture, with a focus on diversity groups, are one of the reasons why most people do not consider negotiating salary for a new job. However, you can assertively negotiate and land a salary that matches your potential and expectation. Be confident, communicate effectively, and you will get the salary offer you deserve!