The Reality of Asking for a Raise
Show You’re Worth It

Most of us would love a bump in pay. However, it is hard to get one unless you are starting a new job or getting a standard cost of living increase. The following is my best advice around asking for a raise and ensuring you are paid for the value of work you do.

Never accept a job if you are not 100% comfortable with the compensation. It is hard to get a raise once you are employed. Trust me, been there. Make sure you feel good about your offer or request to have an incentive agreement in place. Prior to accepting an offer, establish benchmarks with your manager for the first six months to prove to your employer that you are worth the investment. Ensure the agreement is in writing and the benchmarks, with pay increase, are clear to all parties.

If you are performing beyond expectations, you should be compensated for your work. This is where you need to be your best advocate. My experience is that “find out about a raise for Peggy” is not at the top of a manager’s priorities. Make it easy for them by providing the measurable reasons why it should be considered. You may need to be a “squeaky wheel” and frequently check in with your manager to inquire about your pay status, as it can easily fall off their to-do list. 

If you have been in a position for over eight years, it is fair to ask for a salary analysis. Many times job accountabilities evolve during an employee’s tenure, and it usually involves taking on more responsibilities. Rarely will your employer initiate this; it is up to you to bring it to their attention.

Keep in mind that, while they cost a lot, life changes such as getting married, having a baby or purchasing a home hold no value in you deserving a raise. If that was the case, we would all be making more than we currently earn. Securing a raise is focused on your performance and value to the employer.

The majority of us never ask for a raise. However, if you do, what is the worst that can happen? They say no? Yes, that is the worst that can happen. And, you need to be prepared for that. 

If you can substantiate your performance and the significant value you are adding to your position, don’t hold back. It is always a good idea to keep track of your accomplishments. Plus it makes it easier to update your resume in case you decide to make a job change. Good luck!::

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Peggy is a mission-driven leader, entrepreneur, social explorer and advocate for all things moving women forward. She is currently employed with the American Cancer Society and is the founder of SheTaxi.

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