Dear Judge Josh,
I’ve been working at my job for a couple of years now, and I think I deserve a pay raise. How can I approach my boss about this without coming off as greedy or entitled?
Hey Pay Raise Predicament,
Asking for a raise can be nerve-wracking, but you got this! Here’s how to do it like a pro:
Do Your Homework: Research average salaries for your position and experience level. Know your worth, and be ready to back it up with data.
Make a List: Write down your accomplishments, responsibilities, and any extra work you’ve taken on. This will help you make a strong case for a raise.
Practice Makes Perfect: Rehearse what you’ll say to your boss. Practice with a friend, or talk to yourself in the mirror (no judgment here).
Timing is Everything: Choose the right time to bring up the subject. Ideally, after a big win or during a performance review.
Be Professional: Keep the conversation focused on your work and the value you bring to the company. Avoid getting personal or emotional.
Be Prepared for “No”: If your boss doesn’t agree to a raise, ask for feedback on what you can do to improve your chances in the future. And remember, it’s not the end of the world – there’s always next time!
By being prepared, professional, and confident, you can increase your chances of getting the raise you deserve. Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor!