How to Ask for a Raise at Work

We’re talking all about ways that we can keep track of and boost our financial health on Episode 112 of Productivity Paradox this week… which leads me to an important question that’s been weighing on my mind…

How many of you feel that your financial health is lacking, because you’re in need of a raise at work?

If you find yourself in a situation like this, then you’re not alone! Over the last few weeks, so many of you have reached out and have asked me about some of the best ways that you can be proactive in your quest for financial freedom by asking for what you need most from your employer–a raise!

So how do you got about asking for a raise, especially when the topic itself can feel a little uncomfortable… or worse, unfamiliar?

I want to dive into this idea some more today by exploring some of the best ways that you can go about asking your boss for a raise… because let’s be honest, they don’t always happen automatically!


5 Steps to Asking for a Raise at Work



Take on More Responsibility–

If you’re looking to earn a promotion and receive a pay increase, then one of the best ways to get yourself noticed by your employer is to actively take on more responsibility when and where you can.

What are some of the things that you aspire to doing in your office? Think of some of the responsibilities that you could have in your new position, or that may come with a pay increase, and get into the habit of performing some of those tasks well before you decide to ask your boss for a well-deserved raise.

The more you’re able to do well, the more likely it will be that your boss will recognize all of your hard work… and be ready to reward you for it!


Communicate Your Wins–

If you have an employer with a lot on their plate, it might not be as obvious to them when you’re going above and beyond.

Whenever you meet a difficult deadline, completed a task well before it’s due, or have gone above and beyond to streamline something in the workplace… Celebrate it!

Let your boss in on your accomplishments (no matter how “small” they may seem to you at first glance), and get excited about all of the time and energy you’ve put into your work.

The more awareness your boss has about you, your capabilities, and all you’ve accomplished along the way, the easier it will be to sell your boss on giving you a raise when the time comes to sit down with them to discuss it!


Share Your Goals (and Ask for Feedback!)–

What are your long-term career goals? Where do you see yourself within the company that you work for in the next six months or so?

When you’re preparing to ask for a pay boost, one of the best ways that you can go about it is to have a clear path in mind about where you want to go and what you want to do within the company that you work for.

But beyond that? It’s important that you explain your goals to your boss and ask for feedback from them about the best way to go about it!

Pay attention to any advice they give you on ways that you can improve your job performance, your productivity, and so on… And make it a point to heed their advice and then some.

The more you’re able to exceed your boss’s expectations of you, the more likely you’ll get the raise that you have your heart set on!


Do Your Research–

Before you sit down with your boss to discuss a potential pay increase, it’s imperative that you’ve done your research.

What are the company’s policies on raises? What might an employee in your current position or the position that you’re aspiring to earn each year? Take note of these!

The clearer you are about the company you work for and the career ladder you’re climbing, the easier it will be to sell your boss on giving you an appropriate raise.


Be Confident (and Just Do it!)–

So, you’ve taken on some more responsibility, have been successful at meeting all of your deadlines, and have exceeded your boss’s expectations of you at work… Now what?

Take a deep breath and strike that power pose to give yourself a boost of confidence, because now the time has come to schedule a one-on-one meeting with your boss to discuss that raise!

If you’re struggling to find the courage to speak up about a pay increase, then one of the best things that you can do is to remind yourself of all of the hard work you’ve already put in toward meeting this financial goal.

Outline all of the steps you’ve taken to boost your performance at work, and bring it with you to your meeting with your boss. Bear in mind the last time you received a raise, and use it as a way to facilitate your discussion while highlighting some of the reasons that you deserve the raise you have in mind…

And remember: Asking for a raise is perfectly normal! The more you remind yourself of that, the easier it will be to clear the hurdle when it’s time to meet it.


Have you ever asked an employer for a raise? How did it go? Share your experiences in the comments below… And be sure to check out Episode 112 of the podcast to learn a few of my favorite tools that I use to get a handle on my financial health and planning!


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Tonya Dalton
Tonya Dalton