I wish to negotiate a change in my employment status from Full-time telecommute worker to Part-time telecommute contractor. The purpose of changing work agreements is so I can travel whist working and work for other businesses. There are about 5 critical things I would like to negotiate (see list below).
- Negotiation Goal 1: Change work agreement from full-time to part-time employee or contractor.
- Negotiation Goal 2: Work a minimum of 20 hours a week (sometimes more but never less). I want this to be stated in my contract.
- Negotiation Goal 3: The worker cannot be dismissed without written notice. Must be given at least 2 weeks notice. Can be dismissed for any reason.
- Negotiation Goal 4: The worker can work for other businesses. But not competitors.
- Negotiation Goal 5: Work European timezone hours. I plan to move to Europe (from Australia where I am employed).
Should I state all my negotiation goals in the first meeting - put all my cards on the table. Or should I select 2/3 main goals and incrementally ask for the others in successive talks?
I am a Systems Engineer in Australia and the company is a small 'start-up' (<10 people) with an even smaller IT department (2 people).
Incentives I can offer:
- The employer does not pay super annuation (SA) for the worker. In Australia SA is similar to a 401k - the employer pays 9% of your income directly into your retirement fund. This is quite expensive for employers and a hastle.
- The worker works remotely and provides *most equipment to perform their job (laptop, internet) themself.
- Payment given hourly, weekly, monthly or salary (dont care).
Whilst I dont feel quite comfortable thinking in this transactional nature, I do believe that my business value allows me to negotiate from a position of strength.
- It takes a while to find another employee with my skillset
- If I leave it would affect the ability of the business to meet project deadlines already in progress.
- My employment role has deviated significantly from what was verbally stated (contractually its a gray area). Ie, I was told multiple times I would be the GM's 'right hand man' for software development but this changed literally the first week I started with the company. My point is, due to the breaking of the GM's word I believe I have no moral or ethical obligation to consider the possible negative impact of my departure on the business.
- I am prepared to resign if I am unable to negotiate a favourable change.
*Software required to code a project the company should purchase. For eg, SAAS licences.