Many people in the workforce today feel undervalued and underpaid by their employers. The work place can be one of the most stressful areas in everyday life, and it is essential that you are compensated accordingly for your efforts. Here are some tips and tricks to ask your employer for a raise or promotion in a respectful and professional manner.

The first step is to do as much research as you can on how much of a raise or promotion you feel you are entitled to receive. This can be done by searching the internet for wages earned by others in your field of work or area of expertise. Doing this will give a general idea of the kind of salary others in your work category are earning. Sometimes you will even find how much earnings the company or employer you work for pays each employee for each field of expertise.

After researching different pay rates and promotions it is now a good idea to ask your employer for a private meeting to discuss the matter. Timing is very important here, you don’t want to ask for a raise right after you’ve been reprimanded for poor performance. When you see yourself taking up more responsibilities and more important projects, its probably a good time to match your pay to your work. You should schedule the meeting early in the week, a Monday or a Tuesday, allowing your employer time to handle all the necessary paper work without needing to fret over the weekend. Also find a date that would give you ample time to prepare yourself before confronting your employer.

You may want to write out a speech that you can use for reference on the day of the meeting or take notes to aid your memory. Preparations should be made for any circumstance and you will need to give a good pitch, so to speak. You should start the speech by letting the employer know how you feel about your job and what the meeting is about. It is also a good idea to let them know how dedicated you are to your work. You may also want to mention anything in particular you have done for the company that you are proud of or that has helped the company advance. Show evidence of particular situations where your direct action resulted in a huge success for your company. Paint yourself to be an asset to the company, but do not be arrogant. Also, remind them of any pay raise or promotion promises that had been given previously, if there were any. You should also refrain form comparing yourself to, or bad mouthing other colleges, as you may come across as petty. On the other hand, statements like “I achieved the highest sales margin in my department this month.” help to emphasize your value to the company, without putting down your co-workers.

There are other ways of asking for a pay raise or promotion if you are unable to talk to your employer face to face. Sending a personal email is one way but it is very informal and may not go over so well with the employer if they are not very understanding. An email could however be deemed appropriate if you have a good relationship with your employer. Just make sure that communication stays open and the email is utilized in a professional manner. When writing the email make sure to write in a formal tone, but speak openly about your desire for a pay raise or promotion. You should not beat about the bush, but instead have your intentions stated clearly in the email subject title. Another way to approach your employer is by using video chat applications such as Skype or Face Time if your employer is out of state or if you work from home. These options are on a very personal level and will let your employer know that you are dedicated to your job. Make sure that you have done your research on the pay rates of others in your profession to make sure your request will be a realistic one. This way your employer will be more likely to give consideration to your request when you make the proposal of a raise.

Most employers want to keep their employees happy, as a happy worker is a hard worker. There are times though when it is not possible for the employer to give a raise or promotion. Other things that should be considered on the employer’s part are if the company is financially able to give you a raise. Sometimes, you have to understand that your boss is tied down by budget constrains and a pay raise is just not feasible. If the company is not turning a profit and is financially strapped, then it is very unlikely that you will receive any kind of raise. If this turns out to be the case, you should still ask for a meeting, but instead of asking for a raise, let them know that you would like one in the future. Ask your employer if there is anything different you can do to help raise profit margins or to help the company grow. The last thing you want to do is threaten to leave  the company for a higher paying position elsewhere. This will probably get you fired, or worst, demoted, and is definitely a bad idea, unless of course you have been offered a higher paying position elsewhere.

In any case, a pay raise is a big deal and should be treated as one. Always keep your employer informed of any extra training you have received to better your chances of a raise or career advancement. Showing your employer that you are willing to gain extra training will give them the incentive to provide you with the raise that you deserve.


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