We all claim to be strong, independent and confident women, right? Well then why do we find ourselves completely traumatized when even thinking about asking for a pay raise. Did you know that men are four times more likely to ask for a promotion or pay raise then equally qualified women? Crazy right!
Trust me it’s not like we aren’t thirsty for it because according to Google trends data the most searched term was “how to ask for a pay raise”. We think this has come about because of the new way of working, you know when working from home you tend to work late into the evenings and even on weekends. I know I’m guilty of this!
Despite all of this, COVID-19 has made people very cautious about asking for a raise because job security right now is just so uncertain. But experts say that the pandemic should not be a determining factor of whether or not to ask for a pay raise.
Here are a couple tips to keep in mind before asking for a pay raise
It’s no secret that the pandemic has hit us hard in terms of finances but this should not be a determining factor as to why you deserve a raise. Make sure to never overlap your personal life with your working life. ALWAYS keep these separate! Only use work related items as evidence for a raise.
It’s often easy to get carried away when negotiating a raise. It’s always important to be realistic when establishing the raise amount. Before even discussing this make a few notes about pointers that qualifies you to be deserving of a raise. Also make sure to work out the increase percentage wise this way you are ensuring that your pay raise is realistic and worth the conversation.
Other job offers
Do not start voicing that you have been speaking to recruitment agencies because this implies that you are giving your employer an ultimatum. Obviously look at job specs to evaluate salaries but steer clear from mentioning conversations with recruitment agencies.
Amount of years you have worked for the company
This is a common assumption by employees that the number of years you have been working for the company qualifies for a pay raise. This is not the case, remember that what a person achieves in one year has the potential to match what another accomplishes in 2 years. A salary raise is a investment in a person, not a reward for the time accumulated.
Offering an ultimatum
We know it’s tempting to offer an ultimatum but please try avoid this like the plague! This can come across as aggressive and unless you are serious to execute it – its just not a good idea.
How to go about asking
Most of us are working from home, which means we are communicating with our colleagues via digital platforms. This has become the norm but trust me in saying that it is not how you ask for a raise. Make sure to carve out enough time that is dedicated to the conversation. Send out a meeting invite and ensure that all parties involved know what the conversation is about prior to the meeting.
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Let us know in the comments below who of you are currently in this position and will be using this advice when asking for a raise.