When it comes to asking for a pay rise there can be a lot of nerves attached to that kind of discussion. A successful salary review doesn’t just start and end with one email or meeting. Read our top tips below and set yourself up for pay rise success.
Understand exactly what you want
If you are unsure about how much you believe your salary deserves to be increased, most likely your employer will doubt your assertiveness. Being well prepared for the discussion means bringing to the table a well-thought out raise and the reasons why you believe this is an appropriate figure, then negotiations can take place from there.
Timing is key
It can be best to base your discussion around an anniversary or employment milestone. It is also good to keep in mind the state of your company. Try to choose a time when the company is on the up and goals are being achieved. It is also best to ask before you reach a point of disgruntlement. If you allow yourself to stay in a role that you believe is too small for you for a long period of time, you may come to the conclusion of an ultimatum. Select a time when you still are up for the negotiation.
Make sure you know your stuff. Your superior will most likely ask for examples of how you have achieved your goals (or exceeded them) in recent times and will expect relevant responses. It is best to steer away from speaking about others. It can be easy to contrast and compare but your manager will want to know only about you, not why you believe you are better than another, or where another employee has a downfall.
Write it out
If a face to face meeting is a little bit too nerve-wracking, it can be good to write out your position clearly and concisely. This way when you eventually have a personal meeting with your superior it can be easier to navigate agreements or issues, as they will already understand them.