How To Ask For A Raise

How To Ask For A Raise
Business
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

As women, we, on average, earn 17.7 percent less than men do. Could this be due, in part, to the fact that men are statistically more inclined to ask for a raise when they want it?

Maybe. I find myself being passive when it comes to business at times, because sometimes (and I don’t know why I feel this way) I feel as if I’m being a bitch if I request something. I need to stop feeling that way, we all do.

Here are some tips on how to ask for that raise you so rightfully deserve:

First of all, recognize your worth. Tell yourself that you are working hard, that you do deserve a raise, that you’re capable of accepting more responsibility. Confidence is the first step in making any stride in business.

Secondly, work for it. No one should ask for a raise if they don’t deserve it, and if you’re unsure as to whether you do deserve a raise or not, go above and beyond. Work extra hard a for a few months prior to asking for more money, and make sure people notice, that way you’ll know you won’t be asking for something out of the question.

Also, make sure a raise is actually possible. Find out how much you’re making vs. how much your co-workers are making. Do you research and calculate what would be an appropriate raise.

When it comes time to ask for that raise, wait for the appropriate time. Particularly when you’ve done a good job on a project or have earned some sort of praise from your boss. This will give your powers of persuasion an extra boost,

Finally, make sure you ask appropriately. Request a meeting with your boss and cite your reasoning for said meeting on discussing your career path. When you’re requesting the raise, make sure you stress the fact that you’ve earned a raise because you’ve added value to the company. Try not to say something along the lines of “I need the money.” That statement can give everyone bad vibes.

If your boss doesn’t agree right away, or doesn’t see eye to eye with you, don’t get upset. Ask if your boss would be willing to compromise, and come back and try again. Burn no bridges and maintain your cool. That will show your boss how serious you really are, and can only open more doors.

Ally | Elite.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Share Tweet
React
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

Ally Batista

Ally is a preppy tomboy who loves all things football and fashion. She's a housewife in training and is known as the highly opinionated, and sometimes rude, first woman of Elite Daily. Be prepared to always be caught off guard.

More In Business

Women Katie Gonzalez

Women May Be Hired As Executives To Clean Up Messes, But They Also Make Companies More Profitable

When Hillary Clinton decided to discontinue her campaign for presidency in 2008, she mentioned that, due to the work of her supporters in their attempts to elect our country’s first female president, the now-famous metaphorical glass ceiling ”had about 18 million cracks in it.” Since then, the glass ceiling has become an important symbol for ambitious […]

Also On Elite

Politics

At What Point Does A Cop Have The Right To Shoot Someone?

In Ferguson, Missouri and around the country, some very important issues have been thrust into the spotlight in regards to when cops are allowed to and should use force against the community they have sworn to protect. The main question on everyone’s mind — and, most importantly, on the mind of parents like those of […]

Humor

These Cringeworthy Wedding Fails Will Have You Reconsidering Marriage (Video)

It’s not a wedding until the best man faints, the bridesmaids fall in a lake or a great aunt ruins the cake. While marriage is an important and solemn institution, weddings are usually a whole different story. Something always fails to go as planned, usually resulting in hilarity. To maximize the laughs, the YouTube channel FailArmy compiled […]

Humor

Confident Magician Tries Selling Weed To A Cop Before Making It Disappear (Video)

On Life After Death, The Notorious B.I.G. lists the “Ten Crack Commandments” — a set of rules to ensure that any drug-selling operation you might find yourself in charge of runs as smoothly as possible. “Don’t sell drugs to uniformed police officers” wasn’t one of the things mentioned by the late hip-hop legend, and I’m […]