Part Eight: Asking for a Raise
Some may be thinking… in the middle of a pandemic? Chances are, you’re working more hours, totally glued to your computer, and quite frankly, you deserve it. But before asking, take a look at your company’s financial situation. Are they cutting budgets? Do they have a hiring freeze, or are they doing layoffs? If the answer to these questions is yes — then now is not the time, regardless of how deserving you may be. Instead, establish your value, work on your areas of improvement, and be grateful.
If, on the other hand, you are working in a thriving company…don’t wait, ask now! Be specific with your contributions, such as how much money you saved the company or your generated sales revenue. Make your request tied to your impact. And like feedback, you need to make this conversation either in-person or via video so that you can read your boss’ facial expression and body language.