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Getting what you’re worth: How to ask your boss for a raise
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Sep 27, 2016 |

Asking for a raise can be awkward and nerve-wracking. This anxiety is usually based around two things: not knowing when to ask, and how to make the case for an increment.

If negotiating doesn’t come easily to you, read on for a few tips on how to have that conversation to get what you deserve.

Bring it up casually, but don’t let it slip

The first time you speak to your supervisor about a raise should be during a casual conversation. Perhaps you could invite them to lunch and bring it up then. This is important because some people may not like being put on the spot. Instead of the first conversation ending with a demand, it should end with a question. Having that talk in a relaxed environment will ensure that your boss doesn’t feel pressured for an immediate answer.

Remember that your boss might also need a reminder. Don’t be a pest, but make sure you remind them if there’s been no action on their end or further mentions of it after a few weeks or a month.

Have data to back your request up

Companies pay you to perform. That means if you’re asking for a raise - not one to match inflation - then you have to show them why.

After you’ve broached the topic with your boss, the next time you go to talk to them about it then you’ve got to have your script right. You need to be able to show how your work is having a positive effect on the bottom line. Have you improved efficiency at the office, or helped get more money from clients? Make sure you list all of these out.

And remember; be confident when you make your case. Showing confidence when you speak about your remuneration will help.

Do not be afraid to get what you’re worth

In an ideal world, the above two steps should be enough. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case and it’s possible that your boss might turn down your request. However, if you truly believe that you’re worth more, don’t let it lie.

If you feel that you are still not receiving a fair compensation, then it might be best to start looking elsewhere. Respect is a two-way street, and if you’re working hard to help your company go forward, then you deserve a raise. If your boss is a good mentor, he will find ways to help you, or at the very least be honest with you about when you can expect to get a raise. Consider the economy too, because in a downturn you might have to be more patient and get your reward when things start to look up.

Just remember, if you do leave a job because of a salary dispute, make sure that you leave without burning any bridges. You never know whom you might end up working with again – it’s best to leave with an air of dignity.

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