It's that time of year again! The holidays are over, and you've got a new year ahead of you.
A new year means a new opportunity to make your life better—and it also means a chance for your employer to reward you for your hard work. If you've been thinking about asking for a raise, this is the perfect time to do it!
Here are some tips on how to ask for a raise:
-Make sure that you have some solid evidence of how much value you add to the company's bottom line. This could be something like an increase in sales or profits, or even just a list of projects that you managed well.
-Create a list of reasons why your salary should be adjusted upward. For example, if there are new positions available at the company, it might make sense for management to consider increasing salaries across the board so that they can hire people with more experience and skills than before (or vice versa). If there's been an increase in workload due to turnover or an influx of new customers, then maybe it's time for everyone's paychecks to get bumped up.
The best way to ask for a raise is to make sure it's deserved, and then to be prepared.
First, you need to make sure that the reason for asking for a raise is actually justifiable. You can't just say "I want a raise" because you feel like it—you need to have concrete reasons why. Did you get a promotion? Did you take on more responsibilities? Did your performance improve? Did your boss tell you that they were pleased with your work? Make sure you have good reasons before raising the issue with your boss.
Next, practice what you're going to say. In fact, practicing will help you feel more confident in general when speaking with your boss about this topic. The more comfortable you are talking about it beforehand, the easier it will be when the moment comes!
Finally, prepare yourself by doing research on what kinds of raises are customary at different companies and levels of responsibility within those companies. This will help ensure that when asking for a raise, your request is appropriate--and hopefully increases the likelihood of getting one!