How to Ask for a Raise at Work

How to Ask for a Raise at Work

Are you feeling under-appreciated at work? Having the feeling that you’re being overworked and underpaid is never a nice thing. Yet it seems to happen all too often for many reasons. 

A lot of the time, it’s because the company gets complacent. It forgets about the value of each member of staff and can sometimes end up taking them for granted. This can be very detrimental to the employee as they will begin to not care if they feel undervalued. One of the reasons as to why this situation occurs in the first place is because people often don't know how to ask for a salary increase.

If you’ve never been in that situation, you can’t be expected to know how to act. How are you supposed to know that even goes on? Luckily, we’re here to help. This article will take you through some of the ways you can go about asking for a pay raise for a raise at work. Unfortunately, it won’t guarantee you the outcome you’re looking for, but it should at least put you on the right footing.

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Top tips on how to ask for a pay raise at work

Timing: Just because your firm gives performance reviews at a certain time of the year, that doesn’t mean to say you can only have a pay rise then. It’s very rare for a company not to be able to give a salary increase at any point during the year. At the end of the day, if they feel that employee is worth hanging onto, they will pay for it. 

Otherwise, they run the risk of having to pay recruitment costs and often that is much more than the actual raise itself. That being said, you do need to show some caution when asking for a raise. For example, if your business has just undergone a large loss of some kind, your chances of securing a raise will be quite slim. Therefore, timing is key if you want to see a higher salary in your pay packet at the end of the month.

Know your worth: When asking for a pay increase at work, you need to know what the going rate is for someone of your caliber in the industry doing the same job and with the same responsibilities—but be reasonable. Asking for a salary that’s double what the average is out there, will quickly find you the door.

Map out your achievements: In planning your conversation for asking for a raise make sure you have a list of achievements to refer to as this will help prove you’re worth what you’re asking.

Be prepared to barter: More often than not, your boss will not completely reject your request for the raise you’ve asked for but instead come back with a kind of counteroffer. This is always something to bear in mind when asking your employer for a pay increase. While you can go in asking for a little more than you wanted, you run the risk of coming across as unreasonable, in which case you may get rejected all together.

Ask your employer in person: It may seem like an obvious one, but there are people out there who have attempted salary negotiations via a salary increase letter or even an email. As of yet, I’m still waiting to hear of someone that actually worked for! Asking your boss for a raise in person may seem like quite a daunting experience at first. Just remember you are only asking for what you feel you deserve. Your boss will, no doubt, appreciate that it took courage for you to request salary negotiations in the first place and this will go in your favor when it comes to the crunch. However, if you ask via email, you lose that advantage.

Avoid discussing colleagues’ salaries: Working closely with people for a while you sometimes get to learn what other people’s salaries are. However, this should never be used as a reason for getting a raise. Instead, focus on what you as an individual bring to the company and not what others are getting paid.

Take the plunge: A lot of people get so hung up on the thought of asking their boss for more money that they simply chicken out. Don’t be one of those people. If you feel that you deserve a raise, take the plunge and ask for one. At the end of the day, if you don’t ask, you don’t get!

Be yourself: While you’ll want to come across as confident, you also need to remember to be yourself. The company hired you partly for who you are so don’t change that. On the other hand, don’t come across like a wet fish. You need to sound confident enough in what you’re saying to be able to convince your boss that you’re worth more money. So, be stern and sure, but be you.

Be factual not emotional: Some women (and men) find this difficult as they tend to wear their heart on their sleeve, but when asking for a raise that will do you no favors. So, instead, you need to suck it up, take a deep breath, and explain rationally to your boss why you deserve a raise. Mention any measurable performances and if possible, any money you’ve saved the business.

Stand tall: Pose and posture are very important when you want to get your point across. When asking for a raise, stand tall and proud when you talk to your boss knows you really mean what you say. Seeing reassuring body language is just as important as hearing reassuring words.

We hope you find these tips useful when asking for a raise at work. Just remember, if it does all go horribly wrong and your boss declines your request for a raise outright, you then have two choices. You can sit it out and wait to see if the big wigs change their mind anytime soon and give you what you’re worth or you can go and bag yourself a new job with all that extra confidence you’ve gained. It’s never nice to be rejected in any way. But, if you can turn the whole experience around by bagging yourself a new, even better job, then who’s lost out really?