Asking for a raise at work may be challenging, regardless of your confidence. Basically, you need to have all your ducks in order before making the request. By ducks, I simply mean a list of all the work you have done.
Presenting Your Case for a Raise
Once you have a list of all your accomplishments and goals, you can make your move. Keep in mind, you do not need to bring a bunch of paper to the meeting. Most likely, your boss already knows your contribution to the company. Therefore, try to memorize the key stuff you done. And, present that in the meeting.
Moreover, you cannot freeze up and try to keep it simple. So, this is what I said when it was my time… Give the work I do for the company, I deserve a raise for what I do. Therefore, I am requesting a raise. From there, if the boss wants to hear more, then you can elaborate. Otherwise, your request should be good to go.
When you present your case, it should be towards the end of the meeting.
Timing is Key
If you have a decent boss, then you probably have daily, weekly, or monthly meetings. Now, some of them meetings could be at your desk, at your boss’s desk, or in a conference room. In my opinion, meetings about money and private matters should be held privately.
Many companies give bonuses and raises at the end of each year. If you work on a yearly salary, it may be difficult to get a raise before the end of the year. But, you can still do it. However, you can discuss your salary increase around two weeks before bonuses are handed out.
On the other hand, if you work as an hourly employee or consultant, then you can ask for a raise at any time. Although, I suggest making that request after six months.
Getting the Money
Whether you get a yearly salary or an hourly salary, you want to get a raise that will satisfy yourself. At the same time, your company may want to minimize your increase.
Therefore, if you make a salary, then do your research on the salary ranges for a person in your job position. This research should include years at the position. After that, you want to make a monetary pick that is not too crazy. That can mess up your chances for an increase.
Now, as an hourly worker, it is a little different. Say if you make 20 dollars per hour and you want 25. Then, your best bet is to ask for 30. In the end, your boss will probably think that is a good deal. Or, they may meet you half way, which is what you wanted.
So, good luck at getting that raise at work. We wish you the best.
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