Income is very crucial to all employees since that is what they feed on, use for their daily activities and go about their lives. Therefore, as long as one works for an organization, the person at one point or the other may ask for a pay raise. However, it is very important to note that one’s request for an increment in pay does not automatically guarantee that it will be done, this is to say that, one’s request may be rejected or not. Below is how one can ask for a pay raise and what to do if one does not get.
Firstly, you must prepare adequately before discussing such a delicate issue with your employer(s) A very rhetoric question one must ask him or herself before asking for a pay raise is ‘am I worth the pay raise?’. If you are going to win your employer(s) over, you need to build a strong case, demonstrating your value to the company and highlighting your worth in the market. Your employer(s) need(s) to be convinced that the business should invest more of its budget in you. Re-read your job contract and list the ways you have exceeded the role and delivered exceptional results, giving examples of your contribution to the company. You can quantify your contributions.
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Now, you can move on to schedule a meeting with your employer(s) in order to discuss this delicate issue. In meeting them, you ought to be professional and not aggressive. That is not the time to present to them, your sad stories and family issues, you need to present facts and figures and objective reasons why your pay should be raised. In a case where you are not given a positive feedback at the meeting, do not be unprofessional by threatening your employers to leave or to be reluctant, instead, be patient as your employers may be thinking through to get you your request. Alternatively, you can negotiate other employee benefits which may not be difficult for your boss to grant.
However, on the other side where you are turned down, do not fret, that is not the end of life. Firstly, give a proactive feedback to your employer (s). Ask them the reasons why you were not given the raise, maybe, the budget is not enough to give you an increment and if your performance is to blame, hearing these from your employer(s) will let you improve upon yourself. Secondly, focus on the future. Improve yourself. Focus on how best you can work in order to improve the productivity of the company in order not to be denied the next time you apply for a pay raise. Work closely with your employer(s) and seek constructive criticisms all the time in order to improve yourself. You can undertake short courses and other training opportunities to improve on your knowledge and skills in that particular field.
Lastly, if after a long while, you are still unsatisfied with your salary, you may look for other better opportunities. In so doing, do not rush to send a resignation letter but think through carefully if it’s the best decision for you before you make any move. Do not leave your ex company on bad notes.
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