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5 Things to Avoid if You Want a Pay Rise

So you think you deserve a pay rise and its time to make a visit to your boss and see if this is realistic. However, there are a few things to consider before doing this, so take a look at Cherry Pick People’s tips before asking for that increase in salary.

  1. Don’t ask if you’re not performing well

One of the first and most important considerations is your job performance. Look at your current duties to assess what you are doing to not just achieve your objectives that are expected, but the extras that you accomplish during your daily routine. What do you bring to your company that other people do not? 

  1. Don’t ask for a ridiculous increase

Be realistic; don’t ask for a 50% pay increase. This will only hinder your boss’s view of you and question how seriously you take the job. Do your homework and talk to others in your profession at a comparable level, use salary surveys, speak to specialist recruiters and research roles being advertised that are similar to your own to understand the salary brackets and commission being attributed to them.

  1. Don’t ask if it doesn’t benefit your boss

A pay rise is warranted by the value that you add to the company. Will you carry on at the same level if your salary is increased, or is there something you can offer which will make that increase in pay much more worthwhile? Identify which of your unique skills aren’t being fully utilised in your role. Can you work at a higher capacity? Suggest ways that you can add more value to the company over the next 12 months.


  1. Don’t ask if targets are not being met

If your targets aren’t being hit for that month or worse, that year, then don’t make a visit to your manager’s office asking for a raise. Be aware of how your team and the company as a whole are doing, if it isn’t up to scratch, then it is likely that the company will not be in a position to authorise any unnecessary spending in the meantime.

  1. Don’t ask in front of others

This type of conversation should always be private or in an organised meeting, this is not something to drop into casual office chat when your boss is around. Make the time to speak to your manager on a one to one basis, giving you the chance to provide your full thoughts on why you deserve that pay rise, also allowing them to give their own opinions.

To sum up, always be attentive to what’s happening in your organisation before looking to start up a conversation about pay with your boss. Additionally, be aware of how you are performing as an employee to certify perfect timing for such a discussion.

Why not use Cherry Pick People’s brand new Salary Survey to give you an idea of how your salary compares to the rest of the property sector?  Click here

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