October 05, 2015


The best bosses never have the raise conversation because they reward employees in a timely and appropriate manner. This often occurs after they’ve fed the company unicorns and finished grooming Sasquatch’s beard.

The art of The Ask is as delicate as doing the mambo in a minefield. One wrong misstep and years of work go up in smoke.

If your salary hasn’t gone up and your responsibilities have, perhaps it’s time to extend your hand. But if your job doesn’t have clearly established timelines or benchmarks for increases, asking for more can be quite the sticky wicket.

Some fine ideas on this subject include:

  • Be prepared. This isn’t a conversation to have off the cuff. Sit down and clearly outline why you deserve such rewards. When doing so, be sure you’re reasons go beyond your job description. Doing what’s expected of you doesn’t mean you should be paid more. Outline for yourself, with concrete examples, areas where you’ve stepped up, assumed responsibility and added value to the company. Then discuss how you’re prepared to help your boss reach his or her goals moving forward.
  • Walk a mile in their boots. Record yourself having this conversation before you have it. Look for weaknesses in your argument. Be clear and to the point. Don’t dilly-dally with guffaws. Have prepared responses if they say no.
  • Practice your pitch. Bosses have budgets, deadlines, goals and mountains of expectations they need to climb on a weekly basis. Understand what they need before outlining how you’ll help. Demonstrate your commitment to helping them accomplish more by asking for additional responsibilities to help the company grow. Ambition. Loyalty. Dedication. These are marks worthy of rewards.

Be mindful. This is about the professional you, not the personal you. Avoid starting with grievances, responding with threats or comparing yourself to colleagues. Nobody responds well to these things and by putting others into the picture, it takes the focus off of you.

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