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Asking for a pay rise

Many people find the thought of asking for a pay rise daunting. It’s one of those conversations that seems uncomfortable so the question often goes unsaid and you’re left with a feeling of disappointment, and perhaps resentment for not being paid what you think is fair. If you feel that you are not being paid what you think is fair for your level of input to the business you have every right to ask for a pay rise.

This article, How to ask for a pay rise, offers some handy tips on how to approach the conversation:

  • Do your research – how much are similar roles paying?
  • Illustrate your reasons – highlight where you are exceeding the expectations of your role
  • Listen and be gracious – if the pay rise is not granted, ask for feedback on how you can achieve it
  • Have a plan B – sometimes there are other things that your manager will be open to if they cannot give you a pay rise, more flexibility for example.

Remember to keep calm when you’re approaching a salary discussion. Pleading about your struggle to buy a home is not going to change the outcome, so leave your financial woes aside. Definitely do not threaten to resign if you don’t get your way, that will make you appear immature. If you really feel overworked and underpaid and you’ve asked numerous times with no positive outcome, then it is time to start looking for a job where you will feel valued.

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