9 Things to Consider Before Asking for A Raise


Ann Gabriel | ExecutiveChronicles

You’ve worked so hard, and yet everything you’ve done seems to be left unnoticed by your boss. You are in need a raise. But just before you barge into the office of your boss, consider doing these.

Find the Perfect Time

Find the perfect opportunity to ask for a raise. Check if your boss is in a good mood. Make sure that the boss isn’t stressed out or is feeling a lot of pressure from work.

Send Feelers

Always be in the proactive side. Make sure that your are always prepared to show your best, just before you ask for that raise. Drop clues.

Set an Appointment

Make sure that you have the full attention of your boss when asking for a raise. Set a meeting with him. All you need is around 30 minutes.

Create a support system.

Make sure that all stakeholders are supporting you on this. Your boss might ask for their feedback regarding your performance.

Read the company policy

It is always wise to check the company policy first. Most companies have a policy that will dictate when and why a raise should be given to a performing employee. Schools here in the Philippines, only give annual pay raise due to the fact that schools can only give them depending on the number of enrollees or if there is a tuition fee increase. Reading the employee handbook, if there is any.

Determine Company Performance

Is the company in good health or is it struggling to make ends meet? If the company turns out to be positive in all fronts, then by all means, ask for that raise.

Do Self Assessment

Do you deserve to have a raise? Are you a performing employee? Did you meet the company standards in the performance of your duties? If your answers are all ‘yes’, go for it.

Be Objective.

Write down all your accomplishments in a sheet of paper. Make sure that you highlight your greatest contributions. This way your boss might recall the times that you did something good for the company.

Don’t make this personal.

Never compare yourself with other employees. State your case by verifying if you have met the company standards in your field of expertise.

Be ready with the numbers

When the boss says, “How much?” Be ready. Don’t stutter. Be confident of how much you think your worth is.

Money is not the single option

If the company is in the red, you can also ask for extra days off a year, or health care benefits.