While I was still in my paid job some years ago, my colleagues wondered why my salary got raised almost every 2 years inclusive of festive period allowances while theirs remained at the same level. I went from Service Assistant to Supervisor, from Supervisor to Account’s Clerk and from Account’s Clerk to Assistant Branch Manager while most of my colleagues who started the same day with me never got promoted beyond the position of a Supervisor. What was the secret which these colleagues of mine never got to know? Yeah! The GRACE of God notwithstanding, there’s an extra mile I went which these colleagues of mine never attempted. All things being equal, you don’t get a raise based on the number of years you’ve worked but on the value you’ve added to the organisation. You ought to earn it to have it and even at that, you still need to ask for it.
It is no secret that an employer would want to pay you as little as possible. Yes! In fact, some employers would want every opportunity to do that.
If you are of the opinion that you ought to have a raise simply because you’ve worked for a long time with the organisation like some of my colleagues had, you are wrong. Why would your Boss give you more money to do same exact job? Is it justifiable? What is in it for them?
If you are expecting a raise like I wish you ought to do, there are things you need to do. It is not going to come that easy – you’ve got to work it out. Your employer is not a Father Christmas. He isn’t looking to give away money he does not need to. So if you are waiting for more years in order to get a raise, I promise you you might wait till eternity.
In order to get your Boss raise your pay, these are things you must do;
1. Help the organisation increase its productivity
Accept to be the fool sometimes and work overtime. Get involved beyond the responsibility of your position. By so doing you get the spotlight to fall on you. Such gesture makes your Boss see you as an Asset and he will in turn look for every opportunity to pay you back which is by raising your pay.
2. Help the organisation save money
One of the ways I have helped the organisation I worked with save more money is by learning new skill useful in the smooth progress of the organisation. Don’t let your organisation hire someone else to do a work which you have the experience to do. Always make it known to your Boss any time you’ve acquired a new skill.
3. Respect your Boss and everyone at the management level
4. Respect your Boss’s Friends
5. Ask your Boss for a raise
If you have a strong reason why your pay needs to be raised, talk to your Boss about it. Providing specific reasons is the key to getting your pay increase. Let the raise in payment come as a negotiation. If you feel you deserve a pay rise and have enough evidence to support your argument, don’t hesitate to ask for it.
After you have done all that is stated in this article and many more you will get as an inspiration, I can comfortably assure you that your Boss will have no option than to increase your pay.