Getting a raise at work is an accomplishment we all wish to experience at some point. A raise can benefit your life in so many ways. It increases your salary and demonstrates that you are an eager worker. Getting a raise is not always easy though. Make your manager believe you are the one who deserves it.
Perform at your best
First things first, to be eligible for a raise, you have to be the best at your job. Do every task to the best of your ability. Meet all of your deadlines. Do what is asked of you and more. Think proactively about tasks you can complete in advance to make your manager’s job easier.
Be a team player by helping colleagues whenever possible. Doing these things will demonstrate to your superiors that you take your job seriously and care about the company’s performance.
Arriving to work on time is a no-brainer. Attendance is one of the most crucial areas of job performance. No matter how well you perform, if you are always late, you will have a bad reputation. Instead of showing up to work on time, get there a few minutes early every day.
And when it is time to clock out, do not rush out the door immediately. Ask if anyone could use a hand before leaving and then take your time. Your manager will notice that you enjoy your job and take the initiative to be a good employee.
To get a raise, you need to show great leadership skills. Leadership is a quality that is hard to fake. If you are a true leader, it will show regardless of whether you are making an effort or not. If you are more of a follower, learn leadership characteristics and exhibit them at work. Below is a list of leadership characteristics that managers look for, especially at the time of promotion:
- Run a group meeting
- Guide new co-workers through their duties
- Correct co-workers when they make mistakes (just be careful not to correct them to the point of annoyance)
- Do not follow the crowd in negative habits
- Let your personality shine through
- Be honest and to the point.
Ask For It
The last step in your effort to get a raise is to actually ask for it. After you have done your best, been consistently punctual, and demonstrated great leadership skills, you are ready to ask for a raise.
Make sure you catch your manager on a day when he/she is cheerful and not too busy. Instead of asking out of the blue, it may be best to set up an appointment. When you make the request, first mention all your accomplishments to demonstrate that you deserve the raise.
Hopefully these quick pointers should help you get a raise. If you have any additional points or have used some techniques in your work experience, please share them with Wordsmith. We would love to hear from you.
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