Tips on Asking for a Raise
We know the idea of asking for a raise in this environment might seem crazy. If you actually still have a job, you may consider yourself lucky just to be getting a paycheck at all. But with so many companies cutting back and asking the current/remaining staff to take on additional responsibilities, there's a good chance you are doing way more work than in your official job description—and it’s only fair that you be fairly compensated for that.
The key is to be reasonable in your approach. This isn't a time when you are likely to get a record-breaking raise, so you need to keep expectations realistic. You also want to acknowledge your boss' budgeting challenges. Be prepared to state your case, ideally supported by facts or numbers that demonstrate the amount of work you are doing and the positive results on the company's bottom line.
This article shares some other tips on asking for a raise, including the importance of doing your research to find out the going rate for your position, so you can make sure your expectations and requests are within a reasonable ballpark.
If your boss absolutely can't consider a raise at this time, you still may be able to use this opportunity to bargain for other perks, such as increased days off or a flexible work arrangement.
Have you successfully campaigned for a raise? Share your tips in the comments.
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