Technically….we all dream of becoming rich, but most of us would be satisfied with simply getting paid fairly for our hard work and skills. If you always strive to deliver the best results and even work overtime, you probably expect the company to reward you financially. In that case, you’re probably thinking it would be a good idea to ask for a raise. Not necessarily. Keep reading to find out how to get what you deserve without asking for a raise.
Here’s the thing – no one knows all the effort we put into our work better than ourselves but you can’t assume that your superiors also acknowledge that. They might think your current salary justifies your skills and effort since they might not realize exactly what it is you’re doing for the benefit of the company. As a result, the main problem is how they perceive your work.
Don’t be too modest
Surveys show that asking for a raise is not a guaranteed recipe for success since less than half of those who do actually get it. Failing to get that raise might also make you look bad in your employer’s eyes so it can often be a risky move.
OK, so what should you do? First of all, no one likes that guy who brags about his achievements all the time but if you’re always modest, that won’t get you very far either. You need to do your best of showing the company how you work in their benefit, but without being annoying.
Ask others to speak on your behalf
You might have a lot of colleagues and clients that love working with you. You need to leverage that by asking them to put their appreciation in writing to your boss. There’s nothing wrong with that – in fact, it’s one of the most efficient ways of letting your superior know how good you are at your job.
Don’t let others get credit for your work
There will always be people who attempt to thrive on other’s performance. More often than not, they will try to steal your ideas right in front of your boss. In situations like these, there’s no point in starting an argument. What you can do is elaborate on the subject and start presenting all the little details your opportunist colleague doesn’t know. That will make it quite obvious it was your idea to begin with.
Always do your homework
Occasionally, you will need to hold a presentation in front of your superior(s). Make sure you always do your research and have all the answers. Making the most of that time is crucial even though you might need to put in some extra hours for it.
Put the spotlight on yourself
When your boss asks what you did last week or you need to send him or her a report be careful how you word it. Instead of just listing what you did, make sure you also explain the steps you took for the company’s benefit. It’s also a good idea to have some initiative and send your boss periodical reports even if they didn’t ask you to do it.
Go outside your area of expertise
So listen – it’s OK to be a skilled specialist, but it’s also nice if you’re also up to date with company-related things which are not directly linked to your work. Make sure you know about your company’s competitors, brands and what not. This will allow you to be an active participant in talks and meetings and provide one more opportunity to show you’re not just the average 9-to-5 worker.
Admit to your mistakes
Imagine you’re the boss and you find out an employee made a mistake and tried to cover it up. Annoying, right? So don’t be that kind of person. If you ever screw up, get in front of it and let your superior know about it while also presenting possible solutions to fix the problem. They will remember you as a responsible employee instead of a disinterested or even worse, cowardly one.
Explore external training opportunities
If you want to progress in your career, you don’t need to wait for the company to enroll you in training courses. There are plenty of great courses you can find online that will definitely help you gain extra skills and improve existing ones. And make sure you also mention this to your boss if it’s not something that simply shows in your work.
Be a team player
Even if your work doesn’t require much collaboration, companies will always appreciate the employees who get along well with others. Maintain good relationships with colleagues (even from other departments) as well as clients – your boss will surely notice the smile on their face and relaxed tone when they mention your name in a conversation.
Don’t be a drama queen
I think going through a crisis can happen at any workplace, and when it happens at yours, you need to be calm and professional about it. No one will appreciate if you panic. Instead, keep your head cool and try to come up with an innovative solution, or even work overtime if that’s the case.
There you go! If you do at least some of these things you’re on the right path that will let you get what you deserve without asking for a raise. It may take some time, but it’s a far more rewarding and less risky approach than bluntly asking for a raise.