How To Ask For A Raise At Work – And Get It

Asking for a raise can be terrifying. Sitting in front of your boss, and admitting that you think your work deserves higher pay takes a lot of courage. But if you think that your performance deserves a raise then you should speak up.

Don’t rely on your boss’ intuition to know that you deserve a raise. If you do that, it may never happen. Being proactive about your career is always the first step to progressing further. Life isn’t about handing you lemons, but rather reaching for a lemon when you see a lemon tree. This fruit-filled metaphor is just a way of saying to take a risk and ask.

When it comes to asking your boss for a raise there is a right and wrong way to approach the subject. You need to take everything into account when you ask. Whether it’s the time of day or your form of communication, don’t let a small error get in the way of your raise. Here are things to consider when asking for a raise at work.

1. Face-to-face is best

When it comes to asking for a raise, it’s always better to do it in person. This way you can gauge your boss’ reaction as well as the environment surrounding your boss. It’s very hard to read emotions over the phone or over email. Speaking in person not only allows you to read the situation, but it also shows that you’re serious about the raise.

2. Schedule an appointment

Don’t show up out-of-the-blue. Your boss is a busy person, and so are you. Dropping into their office isn’t the best form for having a serious conversation. Take the time to schedule an appointment with your boss to talk about a potential raise. This will block out your boss’ time to focus on you and your needs. Wondering how to bring this up? Just ask your boss or their assistant when the best time to chat is. This alerts them that it’s an important matter without being to explicit.

3. Body language

Body language is key when asking for a raise. Sit down, yet sit up straight. Maintain eye contact, but don’t stare at your boss. Little tweaks in your body language can really sell your pitch for a raise.

4. Show up prepared

Don’t just say, “I think I need to be paid more.” This will get you know where. Start off discussing your latest accomplishments with the company. By pointing out areas that you have succeeded in will remind your boss that you’re serious about a raise. You can’t just saying that you’ve been doing a good job. You need the facts to back it up.

5. Speak confidently

Now is not the time to be timid. Speak with conviction to grab your boss’ attention. If you believe in what you’re saying, then so will others.

Now, go out there, and get that raise!

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