Every working person in their life at some point will consider looking for a pay rise in their current place of work; it’s only natural! You should never be afraid of asking if you feel you have earned a raise at work, but the approach you take when asking should always come across as professional, considerate and measured (even if you aren’t mad about your boss); with that in mind, here are our top tips for getting a pay rise without making things uncomfortable at work.
Always Ask “Face-to-face”Emailing your boss to ask for a raise is the “waster’s dream ticket”; you need to ask them in person, for certain! Above all else, it shows that you have respect for them, making it more likely that they will value you more and give you a pay rise at the same time. Also, you are not trivializing the matter of your salary, which should put you in good stead for future money-related queries you might have for your employer. Also, it may actually be a good idea to organize a meeting ahead of time; this way, you won’t catch your employer unaware or at an inopportune time.
Do Your ResearchIt is usually best to find out what other individuals in the same business as yourself are getting paid for similar roles (you can in fact check your salary against the national average with our Salary Checker it takes seconds and will let you know if you need to consider getting a raise). This way, there is less embarrassment between you and the employer, with the likelihood of success increasing when an “acceptable” pay rise is being requested.
Don’t Offer to do More Work for More MoneyThis sounds a bit counterproductive when asking for a raise but chances are you are looking to get a pay rise because you need more to live on, and offering to work more will only end up stressing you out more, even if you are on a better salary. If you are desperate for a pay rise however, and your employer isn’t convinced, try offering something small in return i.e. working on one or two more group projects each fortnight, for instance. But only offer what you can realistically achieve without crumpling under the stress of it all!
Don’t Threaten to Resign (aka. Use Blackmail)Pulling this number on your boss will NOT work! It’s a childish, unprofessional way of handling your problems and it will do you no favours when it comes to your relationship with your employer (in other words, don’t expect a good reference if you do this). It might have worked in “American Beauty” for Kevin Spacey, but it won’t play the same way for you, that’s guaranteed.
Act Gracefully if the Answer is “No”There may be several reasons why your employer is not willing to give you a pay rise, ranging from your personal performance to disappointing company profits and beyond; the important thing to do if you get this answer is to act professional. Starting a shouting match with your boss will do neither of you any favors, and there is always an opportunity to ask in the future when certain situations have changed for the better. All you have to do is work hard and keep your integrity; with any luck, the next time the opportunity arises to ask again, you will be more successful!
George is a 22-year-old graduate from Cardiff University, having studied Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, where he wrote news articles and interest pieces for various student magazines. He currently lives just outside of Birmingham, playing records and DJing in his spare time.