The reality says that most of us believe we are underpaid. This bitter truth encourages us to ask for a pay raise although we really know that it is not easy to discuss such a request with our current manager. To make this important discussion and gain fruitful results out of it, you should take the following Tips into consideration.
Be clear with your manager
Being unsatisfied with your current salary is not a convincing reason to ask your boss for a pay raise. Make sure you have a clear discussion with your boss about your latest achievements. Then you can start talking about the raise you should have as a reward for your remarkable outputs. If you are upset or angry, do not let this conversation take a place.
Choose the right time
Every institution has its own procedures of pay raise, so you need to know your company’s process very well. You should know the right time of the year to take this step and find the best time for your manager when she/he is not stressed. While you are thinking about the right timing for the pay raise conversation, make sure to have it after you have had a few big achievements.
Choose the right place for the conversation.
Because asking for a pay raise is a very sensitive topic to discuss, you should find an appropriate and comfortable place for the discussion. Sometimes it is not a good idea to meet at the office, so try to meet at a café or go on a walk outside. A calm place helps you have a frank talk and makes your manager comfortable discussing this topic as well.
Have a plan B
Don’t forget to make a plan B before asking your manager for a pay raise. If your manager refuses your request, you have to prepare other alternatives in this case. There are many options that you can choose instead of a pay raise such as asking for more workplace flexibility, holidays or training. Whatever alternative you choose, make sure you are satisfied as you are the one who suggests it.