Reminder: There Are Right & Wrong Ways To Ask For A Raise

Is your company struggling? Is your boss stressing about year-end budgets? Not a good time to ask for a raise.

HR Dave’s recent post about raise-asking etiquette is a good reminder for anyone who feels underpaid about the right way to do it.

First tip: remember you’re not alone. “Everyone wants a raise. You’re about as unique in this desire as you are in liking cake.”

Second tip: never mention that you “need” a raise, that your coworker is getting paid more, or even how long you’ve been there. “Because in case you’re not doing an amazing job, the last thing you want to do is to remind your boss just how long you’ve been scraping by. And besides, we’re not paid for loyalty,” Dave writes.

What you should say: why you deserve the raise. And have a number in mind rather than a vague “uhhhhhiunno.” Follow these tips, Dave says, and “you are absolutely, positively 100% NOT guaranteed to get a raise.” Oh well. BUT you tried, and you might be higher in line to get a raise when the budgets are upped. At the very least, you know where you stand in the company’s eyes, and knowledge, as they say, is power.

Too bad that kind of power won’t pay the bills.