How do I go about asking for a raise?

An assistant manager in my store told me that employees who work the overt a year usually get a small raise and said I should ask manager about it. How do I even start that conversation? What should I say to start it?

Answer #1

Just start out casual, say you was looking at the calendar and realized its been a year or about a year and you were wondering when reviews get done. You dont really have to mention the raise at that time, wait till they actually do review to ask, and wait till the end, when they ask you if you have any questions ask then, if they hadn’t mentioned it already. Good luck :-)

Answer #2

I don’t think we do reviews oddly enough. In June this will be my second year here but I’ve never has a review, don’t think any one has. Weird Lol Niue that you mention that.

Answer #3

Yeah that’s odd and that makes it all the more reason to ask

Answer #4

Same situation as you. but i wanna to pop the question directly…

Answer #5

I do too, I just don’t really know what to start with lol. Like do I just march in there and say “I want to talk to you about a raise”? Or … I have no idea haha.

Answer #6

Talk with your employer in calm manner, explain how you think you’ve been “giving it you all”. See how they respond then comment furtherly how you’re seeking more $, and if this job doesn’t supply it you’ll have to think about leaving their employment searching for an opportunity elsewhere. See how bad they want you.

Answer #7

I know how you feel, it is really awkward to ask for a raise considering that your employer should know their responsibilities toward their employers. It is given that if you work for them in a specific period of time, they should already take the initiative to raise your salary. But that does not happen in real life, sometimes you have to assert yourself so your employer should know your worth. You may also read the link I included here, it has a detailed discussion on how to negotiate a raise.

Answer #8

Whenever possible, do not stay in a situation in which you feel you are not being paid what you deserve. (Yes, granted many of us feel that way to a certain degree, but I am talking about when there is a major discrepancy between what we are paid and what our peers in other companies are paid for doing the same job.)

But if you are happy with your job and your employer, rather than looking for a new job outside the company, consider proactively requesting a raise. Most larger employers have specific policies regarding employee reviews and raises, but in many other companies, the policy is not as clear. And regardless of the employer policies, if you have gone without a raise for an extended period of time or taken on several major new responsibilities without any financial benefit, it may be time for you to request a raise.

Your first step should be to develop a plan for requesting the raise. Timing is important here, as is the method of the request. Pick a good time to ask for the raise – when the company and department are doing well. As for your method of requesting a raise – or at least requesting a raise meeting – your choice is more about your comfort zone; some people simply ask their boss for a raise meeting while others put the request in writing.

Once your boss has agreed to your request for a meeting, your goal should be in providing a compelling story for why you deserve a raise. You need to focus on your contributions and accomplishments (projects completed, sales results, cost-savings, etc.) since the last review. You should also complete some research on comparable salaries for people with your experience and qualifications (using various sources such as industry salary surveys, online salary sites, etc.).

Approach the meeting with a realistic goal. Even if you are grossly underpaid compared to the others in your position, you will rarely ever get a big bump in one of these meetings. For example, if you are 20 percent below what others make, you will rarely ever get that large an increase, so be realistic about the size of the raise to expect. If the gap is that large, however, you can use it as leverage for requesting a shorter timeframe for your next raise meeting.

At the meeting, remember two things. First, even though you may have requested the meeting, let your boss take the lead. And second, remember to show your appreciation regardless of the outcome of the meeting. Your boss may love and value you, but may have his or her hands tied because of bigger budgetary issues.

Finally, if you get denied a raise meeting or are greatly disappointed by the results of the meeting, then it may be time to consider other options, such as looking for a new job. Sometimes the only way for job-seekers to stay current with their value in the marketplace is by switching employers.

Answer #9

Thank you! That was greatly helpful!

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