I need a raise but I don't know how to ask.
May 1, 2008 12:52 PM Subscribe
I need a raise, but I'm not used to asking for them and I'm really bad at it when I do. Help?
posted by lekvar to Work & Money (12 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I've been working professionally for 10 years now, but eight years have been with the same company. I've only gotten one raise in that time. The company I work for is small (12 people) and is subject to the whims of the economy, almost a canary-in-the-coal-mine, so nobody here is rich. Doubly so with the recent economic turmoil.
I have gotten bonuses in the past, some of them have been very generous, so I don't believe that my lack of remuneration is based on poor performance. Also, I'm the only employee in a critical position in our workflow and nearly irreplaceable due to the time I've spent in the company.
I really don't know much about how to play at business though. I go to work, sit at my desk, do my job, go home. I don't know how to jockey for position, politick, go for promotions or ask for raises. Consequentially, I rarely get any of those things. I'm used to doing my job until somebody hands me a raise in recognition of my good work but that hasn't happened for a couple of years.
So how do I ask for a raise? How do I ask at a time when everybody is having to tighten their belts?