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How do you pluck up the courage to ask for that dreaded pay rise?
Is it even possible in these low-pay, post-recessionary times?
If you feel you’ve waited long enough for that much-needed cash boost, here’s how to go about getting it.
In the UK there has been an increase in work opportunities and employment has improved significantly since the financial crash.
Wages are going up slightly, though in real terms they’re still not at the point they were in 2007.
So, it’s not the easiest time to ask for a rise but it’s not impossible to get a pay rise, depending on the company you work for.
We’ve spoken to award-winning business author Catherine Kaputa for tips on how to get a pay rise.
Most people think that if your boss sees you working hard they’ll just hand a pay rise to you or give you a pay rise when you have your pay review. It doesn’t work that way unfortunately.
It’s much more likely that your boss is busy thinking about his or her own pay rise!
So first easy step, schedule a meeting with your boss asking to discuss your pay.
So the scheduled meeting has arrived…don’t be daunted!
It’s a good idea to keep a diary of your everyday working life and record when you have gone one step beyond for the company.
Look closely at your job description and make a list of any additional tasks you do.
Simply, make sure you have supportive, effective evidence if you are going to ask for a pay rise.
Interestingly, men are 8 times more likely to ask for more money during a salary negotiation than women. So if you’re a woman reading this….man-up!
You won’t get paid more unless you ask for it.
Summoning up the courage to ask for a pay rise can be very difficult for some people.
However, you may well be entitled to a rise and you have nothing to lose by asking.
Remember it is your right to ask and it is a reasonable request. So get out of the mind set that nice people don’t ask for a pay rise!
Asking pays off. On average, people who ask, get a 12% bump over what they were initially offered
Make sure you ask your boss in person for a pay rise.
This will show you are the type of person who can negotiate in a professional, business environment and shows you can be assertive in a fair, respectful way.
Just sending a pleading email won’t get you anywhere. In fact it’s generally easier to fob people off on email than it is in person, so pluck up the courage and get that meeting!
Don’t expect a pay rise instantly.
Even if you feel you deserve one, there might be a particular process the company you work for has to go through in giving employees a pay rise.
We are only human and we all forget things.
Make sure to email your boss monthly, reminding them of your agreed set objectives, and detail how you have been achieving and working towards meeting them.
Importantly, this will keep the agreement fresh in their minds, demonstrate that you’re committed and shows your progress.
Many companies have core values so make sure you are knowledgeable about them and talk about how you are fulfilling these in pay reviews with your manager.
Also, make sure to emphasise how you have grown throughout your time at the company. Have you met your set targets and goals? Tell your boss about them.
In other words, make sure you sell yourself.
Nervously Allen (CEO of global accounting firm Deloitte) made the decision to confront her boss over the missed promotion, telling him she had done, ‘A, B, C, D successful projects last year’. Her boss responded, ‘Sharon I didn’t know you had done all those things, you never told me’.
She never made that mistake again!
So go ahead and be vocal about your achievements within the workplace.
When you present your personal pitch for a pay rise, it’s good to have researched similar roles to yours in other companies.
The last step is simple.
Arrange a meeting with your boss to review your progress and agree on a pay rise.
Top Tip: Enjoy your pay rise when you’re rewarded it, but remember the importance of saving a bit too. In fact, one really good way to get rich over the long-term is to live one pay-rise behind. So continue to live as if you were still earning what you earned before and invest the rest.
Marketing expert, Razwana Wahid, an online business blogger and trainer says ‘When you first ask for a raise, 90% of the time you’ll be told there isn’t any room in the budget for it’.
She encourages workers to keep pushing for it or for other benefits if a pay rise really isn’t possible.
Negotiate with your manager and ask for other possible benefits such as:
…even while you’re doing a full-time job.
If you’re interested in making more money on the side have a look at our popular article 44 ideas to make more money…
Also, if you’re looking for work take a look at our article on how to write a killer CV and another one with 16 top tips if you’ve lost the confidence to go for jobs.
Have you managed to get a pay rise? Maybe you’re just getting ready to pluck up the courage? Tell us in the comments section below!