How And When To Ask Your Employer For A Salary Increase.

It is a proven fact that the relationship between employers and employees in most companies aren’t always cordial.

In this circumstance, there’s a wide communication gap which has, in return, a direct negative impact on the company’s output progress.

Both managers and employees face tedious tasks in their daily activities; everyone has work pressures; but workers desire better work conditions which is best appreciated by a raise in salary. Knowing how and when to ask for this favor is very important for consideration.

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It is unfortunate, however, that most managers won’t care to ‘update’ salaries unless there’s a protest. An official request for increments presented at the wrong time or in a bad manner may be seen as an act of disrespect or simply called ‘rebellious’. An employee can be red flagged or given marching orders just for asking for what is, in fact, a right.

What Every Employee Should Know

  • Almost every employer is a capitalist who wouldn’t spend more on salaries to please workers.
  • You get what you deserve. If you wish for a raise, ask yourself if you are worth the benefit. Access your contributions to the overall company’s growth and be prepared to defend it, if necessary.
  • Every moment the boss commends you for a job well done looks like a nice opportunity to remind him / her that there’s a better way to show appreciation but save it for another day. It would be impolite to casually ask for a raise at such moments.
  • At a start of new projects isn’t a good time, too. You can’t ask for a raise at the time when you are given job responsibilities. Such actions could be seen as contempt against the employer.
  • Focus on your job no matter how hard it seems and do it perfectly – if you are capable – but don’t forget to keep track records for the negotiation time ahead.
  • Most companies conduct workers review every 3 months, 6 months or even a year. At this time, workers are given assessments for the overall inputs which serves as a criteria for salary upgrades. Having this in mind, it is advisable to start negotiations with employers earlier on – maybe, a month.
  • Remember, salaries are not upgraded for the asking of it; it is an honor for hard work. Get ready to negotiate with proven qualities and records. 
  • Ask yourself if your colleagues and immediate superiors would agree with your qualities. Do you have good working relationships with them? Would they recommend you for a raise? 

After taking the steps above into consideration, now is the time for a hearty talk with your boss.

“Depending on your schedule, your work week will have consistent peaks and valleys. There are probably times of the week when you’re more stressed, like Monday mornings, or times when you’re more relaxed, like Friday afternoons.

“Well, the same goes for your boss. If you want to time your raise request as best as possible, Ted Leonhardt at Fast Company suggests you find out when your boss is usually feeling good and plan to chat with them.”

…the simple lesson here is that your timing strategy needs to take your manager’s emotions and personal quirks into account. When people are happy, they tend to be more generous. Look for a moment when your superior is feeling good in general and good about your work in particular.

Wishing you all the best.

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