How to ask for a raise?
October 23, 2013 2:25 PM Subscribe
I've been in my (professional, middle management) job for nearly 6 years, and I've never had a raise. I would really like one. In fact, I've decided that if I don't get a salary increase this year, I'm going to have to start looking around, despite the fact that there are a lot of things about my job I really like and I'm generally pretty happy in it. So I call on the massed wisdom of MeFi to help me ask for a raise.
posted by meronym to work & money (20 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
A few bits of possibly relevant information:
- I have a good working relationship with my boss and feel I can talk to him quite openly. Neither of us has a confrontational style. I'm not afraid of talking to him about this, but I've probably only got one shot at it, so I need to make it count.
- I feel I am performing more than well and can give examples to back this up.
- I work for a fairly small company, and our performance review process is lax compared to other places I've worked. For example, no one has specific objectives set by their line manager, so I can't make a case based on giving evidence of having met/exceeded set objectives.
- I am female
- I am in the UK
I am sorely tempted to just sit down and politely but firmly say that I can't stay in my job without a pay increase. Is this appropriate, or does it sound too much like a threat? What should my strategy be?