7 Tips on When and How to Ask for a Raise

Published On : December 21, 2018

Ditching the Obvious – How to Ask for a Raise!

It’s not always that obvious when and how to ask for a raise. It’s a tricky subject and has to be touched upon lightly. Researching and preparing a little bit for the discussion ahead will get you better results than just going there unprepared and try winging it.

Although the outcome when asking for a raise can swing both ways in “Yes” or “No”, properly preparing before can better increase your chances of success at asking for a raise.


7 Tips to Follow When Asking for a Raise


Here’s a list of best seven do’s and don’ts for when and how to ask for a raise:


1.  Ask After a Big Achievement

Bask in the glory of your big success after successful completion of a project or conducting a big sale. Tap the momentum of your success and drop in the question for your boss to fathom. The time is right, settings are ideal and is a good time to ask for a pay raise.


2.  Rehearse the Agenda

Don’t just walk into the meeting room empty-handed, before preparing a list of reasons why you should ask for a raise. Brainstorm and list all the concrete reasons, rehearse them, have a mental debate with yourself, and ensure a convincing and confident answer.


You may also want to talk about any expansion in your work responsibilities, projects you’ve mentored, new strategies adopted, or plans you have to increase the department’s progress. All these make for solid reasons when asking for a raise.


3.  Don’t Ask for a Raise Over Email

You can schedule a meeting with your boss over an email asking him for a suitable time slot to discuss but asking for a pay raise over email is crude rude. When asking for a raise in person, make sure the setting, time, and mood are correct to gauge your chances of getting a nod.


Asking for a raise during a lunch meeting is probably the best time to discuss the salary part.


4.  Don’t Compare With Your Colleague’s Salary to Make it a Reason

What your colleague is getting is a part of office gossip and just refrain bringing over this in such crucial discussion. When asking for a pay raise, just focus on your accomplishments, your contributions, and what unique you bring to the table.

It’s not necessary what you might have heard about the colleague’s salary is true. Or even if it is true, just don’t bring that up as doing that would reflect upon your low self-confidence, greed, and immaturity when asking for a raise.


5.  Have Other Options Open

Though we all understand that nobody likes to take “No” for an answer, keeping more options on the back burner is a good idea. If your boss has refused for an appraisal, try pitching in optional things to sort of compensate.


Asking for a new mobile phone, laptop passes to a certain industry seminar, sponsored training, or a company-paid holiday. Chances are your boss would agree to the smaller requests after saying no to a big one.


6.  Don’t Ask During High-Stress

Use your common sense or judgment and decide when to ask for a pay raise. Avoid bringing up the topic when the pressure at work is soaring, there are important deadlines to meet, or particularly your boss is stressed. If you can wait, talk it out during the dull phase or when your boss is relaxed.


7.  Don’t Give an Ultimatum

Be extremely careful about how to broach the topic when asking for a raise. Being confident and assertive is recommended but not demanding and rude. Mind your tone, use of words, and body language while negotiating to not come across as someone who’s harsh and can’t take no for an answer.


Don’t frame it in a way to sound like, “I need this raise, or else…”. You might not want to jeopardize your relationship with your boss in case he says No.’


Summing Up!

We understand you want to know the answer right away, but you need to act really mature when it comes to asking for a pay raise. Don’t expect them to give you an answer at the very moment unless you are at a small company where the power of decision making lies with the owner directly.

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