Feeling overworked and underpaid? If you’re starting to feel like you deserve a raise, here are eight DO’s and DON’Ts to build your confidence and tact (and what to avoid!) in asking for salary you feel you deserve.
1. Devise a “Plan of Action”. First and foremost, get a strategy together. Make a note of specific projects you’ve undertaken and results you’ve accomplished. List all of your job skills and features that make you an asset to this company. Find out what a typical raise is for someone with your experience in your area of occupation. Know facts and be realistic in your request.
2. Ask for an amount that’s slightly higher than one you would be happy with. If you would be happy with a 5% raise, ask for one a couple of points above it. That way, if your boss starts to negotiate, you won’t feel as if your worth has been diluted any by getting less than what you feel you deserve.
3. Remember, your boss shouldn’t be only one negotiating. If your company is going through a slow period or economy is down, try to be flexible and know how to respond if your boss suggests a lower amount than what you may have been expecting. Consider other ways of getting a raise too, such as additional vacation time, employee perks or more time off. All of these can be just as good (if not better!) than an actual amount of money.
4. Choose a specific day and time to meet with your supervisor about your raise request. Avoid choosing a Monday or Friday when bosses are at their busiest. Studies have actually shown that people are more receptive on a Tuesday or Wednesday after lunch. That way, they’re not thinking about weekend or their stomachs while you’re getting up nerve to ask about a raise! If you’re afraid of being interrupted during your request, ask to speak to your supervisor for a few minutes after hours.
1. Raise your tone of voice if your boss objects to your raise at first.