When does a salary increase

5 signs it's time for a raise

Those who work a lot should also earn a lot. Unfortunately, the reality is often different. But it would be naive to blame others for it. You negotiate the value of your work - in other words: the salary - primarily yourself. This is not an alms or a gift, but the result of clever negotiations. And the right time. Here today, we're going to show you a couple of good times that warrant the question of a raise. However, there are also a few bad times for the salary interview ...

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When shouldn't you ask?

If you are planning to approach your boss about a raise, you should definitely show a sure instinct. Not every time is suitable for this. First of all, you should make sure that the period since your last raise is sufficiently long.

Your performance, the responsibility should have increased significantly or something extraordinary has happened that justifies the renewed salary negotiation within a short time. Other developments also tend to prevent you from asking for more money:

  • You screwed up recently.
    Regardless of how great the desire for higher pay is: If you recently failed a task or made a major mistake, you should first wait until the matter has grown. The negative impressions should be clearly faded and the damage regulated before asking for a raise. Anything else would be pretty insensitive and reveal a dumb opptunist.
  • You have not provided any special services.
    Your goal in salary negotiation is to convince your boss that you and your work deserve better pay. You can easily imagine that the argument - "I do my time here every day and do my job" - is not one. Nevertheless, some contemporaries try it the same way: They have nothing to offer, but still want more money ... Pointless! Better to wait until you've completed a successful project, for example.

When it comes to timing the raise, it's important to catch the boss on the right foot. If the conversation starts with a bad mood, you can usually give yourself a try: "We may have just lost a large customer, but I would still like to talk to you about my salary ..." - you can easily imagine where this is going .

But there are alternatives. If you think about the right time and have already gathered a few good arguments, nothing speaks against a salary interview ...

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Good Signs: Time for the raise

Don't be afraid of a salary interview! If you can show good arguments, measurable successes and respectable performance, you can calmly appear self-confident and demand more salary.

Ideally, however, you do not negotiate a “salary increase” - that immediately sounds like “higher costs” to any boss. But a "salary adjustment". That may sound semantically subtle, but it makes a difference psychologically: “Adaptation” also sounds like a correction - something has to be “adapted” to new conditions. And that's actually only fair ...

There are also some good indications that the time is right for a raise. These…

You have evolved


Since the last salary negotiation, have you acquired a lot of new skills (certificate?), Do more and better work and have perhaps even taken on greater responsibility in the team? Then a raise is not only appropriate, but overdue.

Recall that your salary was last calculated based on your past skills and responsibilities. In other words: If your know-how and added value for the company has improved, this should be reflected in the salary.

You got better deals


Another company is ready to hire you - with a higher salary. If you don't necessarily want to change jobs, you should take the opportunity to renegotiate with your employer.

But be careful: Please no blackmail or coercion. First and foremost, negotiate a higher salary and only mention the other offer in passing. The attitude should be: You give your boss - for whom you would most like to continue working for - the chance to keep you and to put some new value on you.

But you should also expect that he will not go with you. In that case you have to change jobs - otherwise you will be like a bluffer.

Your colleagues all deserve more than you do


Admittedly, salaries are always negotiated individually and not relative. In other words: "But colleague X deserves more" is not an argument. Perhaps he / she will do more, finish faster or be better qualified. Or the colleague simply negotiated better.

Whoever complains and misuses the injustice of the world as an argument not only makes himself small and an envious victim, but also shows that he himself has no performance arguments for more money.

But: If you find that other colleagues have been able to negotiate a salary increase due to increased performance or responsible projects, then you can of course also - provided you can refer to comparable changes or qualifications.

Your company's order situation is positive


Even if the boss would like to pay you more, the company's order book may speak against it. But this applies in both directions: If orders and sales increase, employees (literally) can also participate. After all, it is also thanks to them. So if things are going well for the foreseeable future, this is a good time to ask about a raise.

They offer added value


Literally. Those who create more value have earned more. As already mentioned several times, performance is the most important argument for more money. Because the salary is nothing other than payment for your work. If that becomes more or you become more productive, more effective in the same time ... a raise is a matter of course. So don't be shy: stand up for your interests with confidence.

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