How to raise a salary: for yourself + at a hired job
How to raise your salary at a hired job?
Given the sharp increase in the relevance of freelance earnings, hired labor is also relevant as the main source of income. More than 70% of the population is employed in wage employment in private or public organizations. Of this percentage of the population, only 10% are satisfied with the state of their income. The rest think: how to raise wages at work? They either get paid less than they deserve, dreaming of a pay rise, or they get a reasonable salary but still want a raise.
In the end, workers gain ten years of experience, getting mere pennies at their “usual" work, complaining about life and an unfair employer. Down with arbitrariness and tyranny! Let’s force the stubborn bosses to fork out the corporation’s budget for a justified, or not very, increase in salary.
Opportunities are everything!
Before a brave act, in the form of presenting demands for an increase in wages, think about it: is there an opportunity to get a raise? State and small companies are often organized with a fixed budget, which, as you know, is not rubber. The likelihood that your pleas for a merciful increase will be heard and accepted is very low.
Another thing is large, private corporations that, without hesitation, can allocate tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars for various purposes. In this organization, the probability of getting a salary increase is possible and even real. The point is small: using the above guide and tips to achieve the goal – to get a raise.
Relationships with senior management are key to the success of the entire operation. Agree, no matter how practical a person is, personal motives are also involved in decision making. This applies to all spheres of life and work, in particular. I think many have noticed that friendly, smiling employees are more likely to be singled out by superiors, even taking into account their insignificant successes at work. Often, they are forgiven for many mistakes and misconduct in the work process, regularly rewarded with money. It happens that such workers are called into the office not on the carpet, but for a friendly tea party in the midst of the working day.
A good relationship with management is very important. Therefore, at any job we set the primary task – to make friends with the authorities. It’s easy to do, just follow a few tips :
- Be polite.
- Never argue with management.
- Try to praise and single out the bosses in every possible way.
I especially want to highlight the point about disputes. In any situation, be guided by the rule: the boss is always right! Even if it is fundamentally wrong, do not argue. It will come out more expensive. It is better to justify your point of view not with words, but with deeds. In any conflict situation, recognize the correctness of the leadership, and make a promise to fix everything as soon as possible. Accordingly, the promise must be kept. Then the boss will see your zeal and responsibility, which will favorably emphasize you among employees tearing their throats with or without reason.
Another tricky trick is to scold yourself in front of your superiors. Just take it and express in your address rude epithets with which you can only reward yourself. This leads to amazing results: the boss will not only agree, he will reassure you in every possible way and say that you are a great fellow and one of the best employees. Verified by personal experience. Of course, such tactics can only be used in a conflict situation, when the authorities are dissatisfied with you.
Real life example: I worked at a coal mine in the ventilation and safety department. I had a strict but fair boss – Andrei Petrovich. Using these tips, I quickly built optimal relationships with my superiors and received significant benefits. Somehow I overslept the exit at work and raised the whole site on my ears. I should have been fired. But using the tactics of self-flagellation, I received a pardon, even without fines and sanctions. I think if I wanted to get a raise, I would have done it in the shortest possible time!
I don’t know how to flatter, what should I do?
For those who have communication problems, I advise you to read Dale Carnegie’s book: How to Win Friends and Influence People. A chic book that provides practical advice on effective communication with any people: from ordinary passers-by to authoritative leaders. You will learn practical skills to seduce people with the help of simple but effective tricks and techniques. While you study the book and gain influence skills, you will have time to prepare for the final boss fight.
Merit comes first
No matter how excellent your relationship with management is, they won’t raise your salary just like that. There must be a reason, up to: “I have 9 cats, 10 dogs, a daughter, a son and a husband (wife): everyone needs to be fed, everyone needs to be clothed” and stuff like that. Of course, this is an unstable and unreliable option. What difference does it make to your leadership, how many hungry, bare mouths you have there? Another thing is when the increase looks like a well-deserved reward. Achieving this is as easy as shelling pears – keep statistics of your work.
Just mark the amount of work you do and compare with the salary. Often you exceed the plan for mere pennies, which you are not yet paid extra. You don’t know about it, but it’s true. Additionally, you can compare your achievements with the successes of colleagues. Just periodically pay attention to who works how, how much they do and how much money they receive. At a decisive moment – this can be an excellent argument for your increase.
Of course, from the outside it will look like snitching. Like: “But he doesn’t work well and gets more than me! I want too!". Yes, no panic. There is a technology in which we will point out vulnerable employees without even naming names. How? Statistics. Just highlight the overall success of the group you are a member of and bring the percentage of your performance to the total. It is optimal to use this method if your success exceeds the private indicator of individual employees. For example, you have 5 employees in a group and you are one of them. The overall success rate is 100%; private indicator for each member of the group should be – 20%. If your success rate exceeds 20%, then you work better than the rest of the employeesgroups and deserve a raise or a raise.
How to raise your salary – an example
Now for an explicit example. Let’s say your group completes 10 projects in one month. There are only 5 of you. At the same time, you complete three projects out of 10 every month, and the rest two. By the way, with this logic, one participant generally leads one project. Accordingly, your performance indicator exceeds that of the rest. And everyone gets paid the same. Not fair. That will be your essential argument for an increase.
However, even this tactic can fail. In your eyes, you will present yourself as a hero of socialist labor, but in reality it will turn out that your results are kept at the level of the rest of the group members. In this case, be prepared to receive feedback.
In the course of work, you will regularly receive feedback: praise or holy abuse. In addition to encouraging your ego as a skilled worker, or, conversely, lowering the self-esteem of an experienced specialist, these appeals can be used to negotiate your increase. They can be used to improve your professional skills and as additional arguments when asking for a salary increase.
Work with praise
If you have been praised for a well-executed project, part of the work, or for any other reason, you should not revel in the laurels of the winner. Accept praise as a fact of assessing your abilities and remember it. In this case, it is desirable to clarify with the head :
- What he liked the most.
- What are your wishes for future implementation?
- What should you pay more attention to when working?
With this approach, you kill three birds with one stone: you get recognition, advice and knowledge on how to improve your work, and also a weighty argument that you are doing well and you need to raise your salary. Use feedback on a regular basis and soon you will notice how beneficially the management distinguishes you from the background of other employees.
Dealing with criticism
Everything is much simpler here. Criticism addressed to you is a great tool for raising your qualifications and professionalism. And these factors, in most cases, and depends on the size of the salary. When working with criticism, focus on the factors that concern the leader the most. In the end, it can be anything: from deadlines to extra phrases in an explanatory note. Of course, doing the job perfectly is next to impossible. Or it will take a lot of time. But you can get closer to the ideal performance. In this case, you will gain significant value in the eyes of your superiors and become a valuable employee.. There are no irreplaceable people, but no one wants to lose such valuable specialists. This will be another advantage that you can safely use by twisting the hands of the leadership.
The tips listed above are just preparation for the assault on an impregnable fortress named: "The authorities." They can be applied to both newbies in the workplace and avid dinosaurs who have been working hard at work for several years.
Now here’s a practical guide on how to easily ask for a pay raise:
- Before you ask for a raise in your salary, you need to prepare.
- After collecting all the weighty arguments, you need to gather your will into a fist and approach the boss with the question of a promotion or salary.
- After the standard greeting, boldly and confidently start a discussion of an exciting topic.
- Speak straight. Let your boss know that you know the value of your work and the salary you receive is fundamentally unsatisfactory.
- During the dialogue, the manager, in most cases, will try to siege you, and in some he will threaten you with dismissal.
- After this point, use the previously prepared arguments.
- If the above base does not help and the leader is unapproachable, you have two choices: agree to the decision of the boss, or issue an ultimatum.
- The ultimatum lies in the proud announcement: "If they don’t raise my salary, I’ll quit."
Further development of events takes place according to two scenarios.
The first outcome is success
The boss will hear your pleas and heed the threat. As a result: you get a well-deserved increase in salary, a raise, a bonus, or whatever you asked for. There are a few tricks to this outcome. When it comes to the amount of the raise, or a similar topic, ask for more than you want, and then settle for supposedly less. For example: we want a salary increase of 5,000 🪙. Then we ask for a salary increase of 10,000 🪙. The boss will indignantly refuse you such a wonderful pleasure and offer you a smaller amount. Or you yourself will offer the amount you need. One way or another, with such an allegedly petty request as an increase of five thousand, after ten it will look like a profitable offer for management. They won’t refuse.
The second outcome is a failure
If you decide to blackmail with dismissal, and the boss said without batting an eye: “carry a statement,” you need to get out of this situation. Of course, this is for those who want to stay at work. The rest can count on unlimited vacation at their own expense.
The first way out is to admit defeat and try to win everything back. The easiest way, but in doing so, you lose most of the opportunities for promotion in the future. From now on, the leadership for such attacks will go into a hard refusal, so you won’t see an increase like your ears. But you will work.
Option two: try to negotiate. This option will be better. As in the first case, you agree with the opinion of the management, but at the same time you are trying to discuss the conditions for a salary increase or a new position. The easiest way to do this is by asking the question directly: “how can I earn a raise in salary?”. An adequate boss will either make a list of conditions for promotion, or explain the situation why this cannot be done. In any case, you will either receive clear instructions for achieving your goal, or stop hoping in vain.
How easy it is to raise a salary – Dismissal as an effective way
This is not about blackmailing the authorities, but about a simple dismissal in order to get a better paying job. The option works great if other methods of increasing salaries have not worked. If the salary does not suit you, the work too, the team is bad, and the boss is a despot and tyrant, then what do you have to lose?
Quit and look for a new job that will suit you wherever you look. Among other things, it will be a valuable experience that will help you achieve your career goals. Many people spend their whole lives at one job, without changing anything in their lives for decades. Although one has only to look around, as soon as there are many options that look many times prettier than the current state of affairs. The majority stops themselves with comfortable conditions, a stable salary, or other arguments they bring, for persuasiveness. But in fact, no one is stopping you from finding a job you like if it doesn’t work out with the current one.
No need to immediately chop off your shoulder and write a letter of resignation. Find a new job first, interview if possible. If you are satisfied with the new place, feel free to end your career in your old job and start a new one. Now you know a lot of tricks, tactics and tricks to become a great and valuable employee. This increases your chances of achieving great heights on the new career ladder. A change of team and place of work, most often only benefit.
Discussing this topic face to face with superiors is the best way to achieve your goal. But not everyone is able to cope with their own experiences and withstand the upcoming trials. There is a unique way for this: send an application to the authorities with a request to increase wages or to get a new position.
You draw up a standard statement with a cap to make it beautiful, official, but after the word “statement”, we write: I ask you to promote me in a position in connection (and give arguments). If we want an increase in the salary, we write in the same way: I ask you to increase my salary by (specify the amount) in connection (give arguments). They made a statement, beautifully executed and to the authorities for signature. Now we are waiting for feedback. The method helps to ask the authorities for anything, without the risk of immediately getting a hat. Use on health.
How to raise salaries – The right moment
A large part of the success of the plan depends on the choice of the moment. Agree, approaching the boss with a request for a pay rise when he is in a bad mood is a bad idea. At best, they will simply refuse, at worst, they will send you to hell with your promotion. It is optimal to choose the moment when the authorities are encouraged. But relying on the will of fate is unreliable. It is better to prepare the soil yourself.
Appeasing the authorities is very simple. It is enough to help a couple of times, present gifts in the form of a mug of coffee or pay for breakfast. You can find an approach to any person, you just need to identify where to push. A good option would be to find out if the boss has a hobby or other hobby and make a themed gift. For example, if he is an artist, give a set of paints or a picture. I think the idea is clear. Think of it as a long term investment.
Everywhere there are people who want to get what they want without putting effort into fulfilling the goal. I will answer right away: it does not happen. In any case, you will have to put in effort and spend time just to work at work. Otherwise, you will be fired. But you can get a raise or a raise just by working. Over time, with experience, with a change in leadership, in general, for various reasons, it is likely that you will be singled out. In this case, you will really get the desired result, without putting any effort into it, just by working. But of course, it’s unreliable. It will take a long time for the desired changes to take place. And it’s not a fact that the manager will notice you and decide to encourage you.
One way or another, the most effective method has always been to ask for a raise in your salary directly.
Let’s sum up. It is possible and even necessary to get a raise or an increase in salary if you deserve it. Before you take action, make sure that there are opportunities to achieve the goal. After identifying the possibilities, we proceed to action. Both for beginners and for people with work experience, the primary task is to establish relationships with superiors. The success of the operation depends on this stage. It rarely happens that the authorities are guided solely by logic and an objective assessment.
To achieve good relations with superiors, we use all available charm. We flatter, we smile, we agree, we do not argue. We use heavy artillery in the form of juicy compliments and highlighting the merits of the authorities.
We use feedback to improve relationships with management and improve skills. We become a valuable employee and gain weight in the eyes of our superiors. With praise, we clarify what we liked, where to improve, where to pay attention. In moments of criticism, we try to determine what the manager does not like and try to improve our work.
We are preparing a base of arguments for your promotion or raise. We use everything: from must to please. It is optimal to collect statistics of the work performed in comparison with the salary received. You can highlight your own successes in comparison with other colleagues and beautifully present this information in the form of an argument.
We are preparing for a conversation with superiors or writing a statement asking for a raise. We achieve our goal and enjoy a new position or an increased salary. Now you know how to raise your salary.