Requesting for a salary raise; dos and dont's

Are you considering requesting for a salary raise? If that’s the case, you might be feeling quite anxious. Nonetheless, properly preparing before you tender your application for a raise can greatly increase your chances of success.

Speaking about money at all is a taboo in our culture. As a consequence, a lot of us feel uncomfortable about salary negotiation. Research proves that one of the most common explanations for not negotiating salary is feeling uneasy asking for more money.

Then, come up a strategy that will assist you achieve the best possible result. That does not mean you’ll always get a positive answer or that your superior will be able to provide you the actual amount you demand. Below is a list of 6 dos and don’ts when it comes to asking for a salary raise. They as follows:

Requesting for a salary raise; dos and dont's.

1. Write and practice a plan. Don’t go into the meeting short of adequate preparation. In addition to listing your achievements, you can reference a current expansion in your duties at work, additional responsibilities you have taken on, new approaches you’ve embraced, assignments you have championed, and any plans you have to further increase your department’s achievement. You may also consider typing and printing out a copy for your supervisor, so they can peruse it and confer with other supervisors if necessary.

2. Request after a huge achievement. Just recorded a deal or landed a big sale? It’s a good period to ask for a salary raise. Take advantage of the momentum of your success, and you may find yourself in a supreme position to ask for a salary increase.

3. Time your application accordingly. Acquaint yourself with your organisation’s review policy. Are performance reviews carried out every three months, six months or a year? Have a discrete discussion with your co-workers, or seek clarification with your human resources unit to get an idea of the timeline. If possible, you should also try to align your request with the organisation’s financial curve.

4. Don’t ask at a high-stress period. Use wisdom in approaching your supervisor about the possibility of a salary raise. If your superior is particularly stressed and overworked, it is surely not the best time to come up with the issue. If possible, patiently wait for a time when your boss is in a good mood to present your request.

5. Desist requesting via email, if possible. Though it’s acceptable to arrange a meeting via email, you should have the discussion about getting a salary raise in person. It is the best way to prove that you are serious and will also allow you to measure your supervisor’s feedback to your request. Enquire from your supervisor when they might have some free time to discuss a question concerning your salary. You might even wish to find out if they are available for a lunch meeting, which might be a more serene setting in which to have the conversation.

6. Dress presentably. Though your workplace dress code might be laid-back, you should put a little effort in your dressing when the time comes for your meeting with your boss. Take some few minutes in preparation to put on a tie, iron your blouse, or pull your dress shoes out of the closet. In as much as you don’t want to look like you’re trying so hard, looking elegant and professional can’t hurt, and will only help you feel more assured as you make your case.

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