What could be scarier than asking for a raise from a boss? What if you are rejected?
Confrontations scare most people. Add to that confrontation the fact that you want something from your boss. Add to that confrontation the fact that you want a raise. Add to that confrontation the fear of being rejected (how would you even end the conversation?) I can't think of anything scarier. Can you?
You are so right! It's scary indeed! There are ways, however, to go about it productively and reduce the stress. If you present a case based on the quality of your work, the value of it compared to the market or coworkers, your productivity and some recent praise, you can get your boss thinking in the right direction. Simply ask whether your salary can be revisited sometime soon, and briefly go over those reasons why a raise might be timely.
True, you might not get a raise if you ask, but you definitely will not get it if you don't ask. If you are rejected ask what is expected of you to get it, and what kind of time frame is expected. At least then you will walk away with some useful information.
It doesn't have to be a confrontational situation. Go to the boss with a practiced speech and reasoning. Talk to him/her privately. Act confident but not arrogant nor have an attitude. If the boss turns you down, you can simply stand up and say, "well, I understand, and I appreciate your letting me come and talk to you." Reach out, shake the bosses hand then leave the room.
so if the answer is no, you might have to decide if you want to look for a new job or not. But if you behave in a professional manner, your boss will be impressed and that raise may still come along.
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Tiger Mom, this is a great question. You inspired me to make a Hub about it. So many people feel that way. Hopefully, my Hub takes away some of the fears of asking for a raise.
Go in there with documented accounts of your work since your last raise. Tell them how much stock has gone up. Let them know productivity is up. Fill them in on anything you can back up with numbers, graphs, and charts.
by Amanda S 6 years ago
What is the best way to go about asking your boss for a raise?
by Pagelift 6 years ago
How should I ask my boss for a raise? I've been at my job for 3 years with one raise.
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