...You Think You Deserve a Raise
What to say when you think you deserve a raise. So here, the situation. You've been at the job for more than a year and your annual review is scheduled. You're hoping for a raise and you think you deserve one. What can you do to advocate for yourself instead of passively hoping your boss just gives it to you? Here's what you may be thinking and what not to say. "If I don't get a raise, I'm out of here." Here's a solution. Make your argument for why you deserve a raise by showing the value you bring. Be prepared with clear examples and whenever possible, tie these to business objectives of the company. Be confident in your presentation of your efforts and whatever you know about the effect that they've had. So here's what you could say, with curiousity. "Am I on track for a raise this year? "Are there ways in which I can increase the value "to the company and look to higher compensation?" Or with generosity. "I was hoping for a raise, and I'm prepared to outline "for you the value I've ...
brought "to the company and the reasons why I think I deserve it." Or, with humility. "I'm trying to make improvements, "enhance my skills to make myself more valuable "to the company and help achieve the company's goals. "Is that your perception?" And maybe humor here. "I know talking about money isn't your favorite thing, "but dot, dot, dot." The overarching idea is, it's up to you to make the argument for what you've brought to and done for the company and your team. This can be especially important if you work remotely or your boss travels a lot. They may not be aware of your role or your value. If no raise is offered, but it has nothing to do with your performance, see if you can negotiate for something else, more time off, or other perks. And always have a back-up plan, so you don't feel at the mercy of your boss or this job. Maybe you can do better. Make sense?