We all know that you can negotiate your salary — but can you also negotiate a bigger payout if your company decides to let you go? While an upgraded severance package is far from a sure thing, most experts agree that it’s always worth asking about. “Everything is negotiable,” says Labor & Employment Attorney Alex Granovsky of Granovsky & Sundaresh PLLC. “Your employer is (probably) not offering you a severance [package] to be nice. While there is usually money involved, don’t forget that your employer is getting something from you too. Your employer is paying [you] to shut up, go away, and never sue the company. If you understand what your former employer’s needs are, you can leverage your unique position.” The trick, of course, is knowing how to do it the right way — you can’t exactly march into your HR manager’s office and refuse to leave the building unless your terms are met. As with negotiating your salary, negotiating a severance package requires tact and strategy. If you really want to guarantee a comfortable financial cushion after being ousted from your job, follow these best practices.