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Asking for a raise: 5 things you should say to your boss

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This guide outlines the 5 crucial things you should talk about when asking for a raise in your pay.

Your annual performance review coming up? Are you about to sit face to face with your employer and talk about your successful work this year? Then it might be right time you asked for a raise! Asking for a raise isn’t as scary as it seems. But, for some reason, women are more afraid to ask for a raise than men. A research study concentrated on how many men and women have asked for a raise last year has found that 48% of surveyed women think that salary cannot be negotiated.

Asking for a raise: 5 things you should say

There can be multiple reasons behind the fact that women are actually afraid of asking for a raise, including low self-esteem and feeling unappreciated at a workplace. However, most of the time we simply don’t know how to ask correctly. Here are the 5 things you should say when asking for a raise that will actually help you negotiate your salary successfully.

1. Express gratitude

It’s always the right time to tell your boss that you’re grateful for getting the position you’re working on. Accentuate when asking for a raise that you want to remain working for this particular company and list the reasons why. You can also send your boss a “Thank you” letter, but make sure you choose the right time.

If you decided to go this way, tell your boss something like “While working at your company I’ve learned some new skills that are valuable for me and for the company as well” and then ask for a raise. But make sure to emphasize that you’re thankful to your boss for the opportunity to work in his company.

2. Underline your achievements

Let’s say you’ve decided on asking for a raise directly. This might confuse your boss at first but if you provide a good reason for the raise, your boss might get interested. For example, if you’ve launched a sales campaign this year and it was a huge success for your company, then you might be eligible enough to negotiate your salary. Especially if the work you’ve done has been crucial for company’s development and positive for its PR image.

You can say something like “I’ve worked so hard this year that I think I might deserve a raise. My sales campaign was extremely successful and I think that a raise would give me additional motivation to work even better next year”. Emphasize that your work should be appreciated in asking for a raise.

3. Support your arguments with facts

The information you provide on your performance review when asking for a raise should always be supported by the actual work you’ve done. In fact, psychologists claim that using numbers and statistics is the most popular way to persuade anyone. So before going to your boss for an annual performance review, prepare some supporting arguments to help you ask for a raise.

And don’t make unsubstantiated statements when asking for a raise, this would be a huge mistake. Say to your boss “This year has been very productive. I’m sure that next year I will do even better, but a little raise might motivate me even more”. Don’t forget to smile, this shouldn’t sound like a demand, rather like an offer. Leave it to your boss to decide.

4. Force your boss to offer you a raise

Of course, you shouldn’t blackmail your boss to get what you want. But in order to achieve this effect, don’t ask directly. There are several do’s and don’ts of asking your boss for a feedback like formulating your question correctly and not getting defensive. Knowing how to do it right can get you a raise you so desperately need.

When you get a chance, ask your boss “So how am I doing at work?” or “Are you satisfied with my performance” and after your boss tells you how irreplaceable you are for the company, there’s a huge chance that he or she will offer you a raise as a motivation to get even better.

5. Discuss the future of the company

Show how much you care about the company when asking for a raise by talking about its future to your boss, who might be a founder or a CEO and is directly responsible for the company’s successful development. This conversation will show your boss how irreplaceable you are for the company and how eager you are to work for its successful future.

This way you might not even have to say anything about the raise, just tell something like “I have several new projects in my mind that we could start next year. They will definitely help the good image of our company and we might even get new customers and expand our company”. Your commitment is what will ensure the increase in salary.

Prepare the interview properly when asking for a raise

Everyone wants more money, but something has to be done for it. A salary increase is not a sure-fire success, but it is not impossible. A good preparation and strategy are the be-all and end-all. With the right tips, you will be sure of an increase that corresponds to your value.

The right time for asking for a raise

As with so many things in life, timing is everything. The best time to talk about a raise depends on a number of factors :

Company affiliation: You have to work for a certain period of time in the company in order to create a basis for discussion for a possible round of negotiations. A period of one year can serve as a guide. After the raise, at least 12 to 18 months should pass before you take up the topic again.

Economic situation of the company: Times when plants are closed and jobs are cut are not particularly suitable for discussing the question of the salary increase with the supervisor. On the other hand, the chances of success are higher when the business is flourishing. The company then has a higher budget and the general mood is more positive.

Day and time of day: Employers are like employees: At the beginning of a hard work week, the mood can be a little more subdued than when the weekend is just around the corner. Instead of an appointment on Monday, a conversation at the end of the week is therefore more advisable. The time of day plays a role here: With early risers, you have the greatest chance of success with a salary interview in the morning, while you prefer to arrange an afternoon conversation with those who are grumpy in the morning. In addition, it makes sense to have a look at the weather report before making an appointment. A sunny day can make the boss feel particularly sunny.

Trial period: Renegotiating is always possible, but if you overdo it, you can quickly appear greedy. With the employment contract, you have usually already negotiated the salary for one year and approved it with your signature. However, the legal probationary period only lasts six months, so nothing changes in the annual salary for the time being. It is still possible to get a raise after the probationary period.

One more thing…

There’s one last thing when asking for a raise: don’t get mad or upset if you hear a straight “No” from your boss. Don’t get discouraged. If you hear a “No” from your boss, ask for more opportunities for professional development. Either way, you will learn how to advocate for yourself and will have the opportunity to tell how necessary you are for the company. So is it worth it? Yes, for sure!

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