How to Ask For a Raise

Let’s face it. When you work hard, as in really hard to exceed expectations and always meet deadlines, a great work environment is helpful but so is getting paid what you’re worth.

If you want to ask for an increase in base compensation, be tactful. First, write down tangible reasons why you deserve a raise. Simply stated, it’s not advisable to just go into your boss’ office and demand to be shown the money.

In today’s New York Post, Gregory Giangrande, chief HR officer at Time, Inc., indicates, “Write down the objective business reasons why you feel you deserve a raise — which could include how you consistently perform at a high level, generate revenue, etc.”

Next up on your agenda, be cognizant about timing. He adds, “Make sure the timing is right — i.e., your employer isn’t struggling financially, in the middle of layoffs, etc.”

In addition, if it’s close to salary review timing, your boss may take your case into account by incorporating it into the annual process. Now, this all depends on the company. If it’s mid-year, your boss may say they don’t do mid-year increases unless it’s a promotion. Go into the meeting with expectations that your inquiry may not be met but on the other hand, you will never know if you certainly don’t try.

Again, have all your ducks lined up in a row. Schedeul a meeting and “either bring your reasons in writing to the meeting as a leave-behind, or send it beforehand.”