Time to Ask for a Raise?

At Chinesys, we’re often approached by education marketing professionals seeking new job opportunities and when we ask them why they’re thinking of leaving their employer they sometimes say:

“I’ve been working for them for 3 years but never got a raise in my salary”

We understand that can happen and especially understand that it is disappointing, not just because of the financial pressure it brings, but because it makes an employee feel unappreciated.

But then sometimes the story is even worse:

“And then my colleague got a raise and he’s only been there for 1 year!”

This all seems pretty unfair and can cause good employees to start looking for new opportunities elsewhere.

But there is something you can do before it gets to that stage and it’s something that is completely within your power to control:

You can ask.

And probably that’s what the guy who got the raise in one year did (see below: Did you know?)

But that doesn’t suit a lot of people – instead they say:

“No, I don’t want to have to ask for it. I want my boss to recognise my value and offer it”.

Well, that’s fine in an ideal world but unfortunately, employers have a lot on their mind and giving you a raise is probably not the thing they go to sleep worrying about each night (unless you quit but that’s another story).

And if you don’t say anything many employers will choose to assume (because it can suit them) that you’re happy with your salary just the way it is.

By taking the opportunity to ask for a raise (in a respectful, and reasonable way, of course) you’re helping yourself and your employer in a number of ways:

First, your employer will now know that it does matter to you, and can start to take that into account in planning and budgeting. Keep in mind that:

  • Most employers are reasonable – they know the cost of living is going up – so some kind of raise is reasonable.
  • It is expensive to replace people – so if you’re doing a good job, they’re going to be keen to keep you.
  • Maybe they can’t offer the raise this time, but they can commit to giving it to you sometime in the future (hopefully sooner than later).

Second, by asking for a raise it gives your boss a chance to talk about what he or she needs from you to justify the raise.  Maybe your focus has been on things that aren’t so important to the organisation and this gives him or her the chance to ask you to switch your focus.

So if you’ve been waiting for a long time and there’s no sign of a raise, it’s probably time to ask. Good luck!

Did you know?

Research shows that men are much more likely to ask for a raise than women. They’ll even ask if they have no reason to expect it! But a woman may wait longer or not ask at all, even if she really deserves it.  If that’s you then that’s something you should change.

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