Everyone wants a fair paycheck for the accomplishments they’ve achieved. Ideally, your boss will notice your accomplishments and give you a raise. However, in the real world, this isn’t really the case and you have to stand up for yourself and ask for a raise. Unfortunately, this is not an easy situation and can be very stressful. For this reason I have put together the dos and don’ts for a raise this week and you can read them below.
- Never say that your coworkers’ salaries are higher than yours and that is why you deserve a raise. When you talk about other people’s salaries, it means that you are gossiping in the workplace and that is not professional at all. Even if you think you deserve a higher paycheck than anyone else, keep it to yourself because you never know if the information you’ve heard is correct. Instead, talk about your accomplishments and why you think you deserve a raise.
- Don’t try to emotionally blackmail your boss. Everyone has personal problems to deal with. However, your children’s needs or your parents’ hospital costs do not mean you deserve a higher salary. Therefore, do not try to make you feel sorry for yourself with your personal problems. Give your boss a compelling reason for a higher salary.
- If you’d like to ask for a raise, make an appointment. Never ask this via email. It is much better if you ask this in person so that you can understand from your boss’s reaction what he is really thinking. He / she may also think you deserve a promotion, but due to budget constraints, he / she cannot afford to give you a raise at the moment, or maybe he / she thinks you will have to work harder to get a promotion to earn. Whatever the reason, the best way to understand your boss’s true feelings is to speak to him / her.
- Never start the conversation with the fact that you have completed all of your duties. Of course, you will do all of your duties because this is what you get paid for. Remember, you are asking for a raise and a raise means you are getting extra from your agreed paycheck. Hence, your boss will ask you what extra work you have done so far to earn that raise. If you think you deserve a raise, be prepared for the extra work because when you make more it means you should take on more responsibility.