How and When to Ask for a Pay Raise at Work

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How and when to ask for a pay raise at work

You’ve probably been loyally working at this company for a while now. Perhaps, you’ve also been thinking of taking on additional duties too. Are you wondering how to ask for pay raise at work? Fret not! We’ll be sharing more on how and when you should ask for a pay raise at work – and get it!

No matter how productive and efficient employees can be at work, everyone gets the jitters when it comes to asking for a salary increment. It’s natural. The need to work yourself up to the conversation with your superior can be nerve-wrecking. 

Not to worry. In this article, we’ll be providing you with some useful tips that can help you reach your salary goals sooner than later!

As always, check the rules and regulations detailed on the MOM webpage to be sure that you are abiding by the law when working in Singapore. If ever in doubt, contact them either through an email or phone enquiry to ask your questions. 

If everything is looking good, let’s get right into it!

How and when will you ask for a pay raise at work?

How: Rehearse the conversation!

Just as we prepare by rehearsing for interviews, presentations and pitches, do the same when asking for a pay raise!

Be prepared to share the reasons why you are considering asking for an increment in your salary. Note the differences in the types of work you will be able to take on, or have already done so. 

Think up of possible questions, comments and scenarios so as to be better prepared when you have the actual conversation. If you’ve been spearheading projects that have worked out successfully, bring them up in your conversation too. 

Remind your employers of the reasons why you are deserving of a pay raise. Should you have any plans to improve the existing work style at your company or within your department, share your ideas too. 

Writing them out or rehearsing the things you have to say, beforehand, can help to make sure that you are ready for the actual talk. This way, you can prevent hesitations and stutterings and present yourself more confidently. 

And a little confidence can never hurt when you are getting ready to ask for a pay raise at work!

When: After an accomplishment!

Have you been waiting for the right time to ask for that pay raise at work? Wondering when it will come by? If it will ever come by? Of course, it will! 

Most of the time, individuals who successfully manage to lock in a pay raise asked for one after a successful work accomplishment. 

As was mentioned earlier, if you’ve spearheaded any project(s) that have worked itself out phenomenally, that would be the perfect time to ask!

In order to clinch that salary increment, you’d most likely need to prove that your hard work has been benefiting the organisation. Whether that’s through your ideas to improve the internal departments or whether its cheering your clients up, take note of timing!

Be sure to avoid stressful work periods when asking for a higher salary. You don’t want to step on your superior’s toes when they’re busy and focused elsewhere. 

When everyone’s in a cheerier mood and is aware of your contributions to the company, that would make the perfect time to ask for a pay raise at work. 

How & When: Politely, & In person

A mistake that many individuals tend to make when asking for a pay raise at work: emailing superiors about it. 

Don’t do that! You’re setting yourself for an easy no/maybe/later response from your employers! Besides, setting the meeting in person will also express how serious you are about asking for a pay raise too. 

Body language is also a key communication factor that you will be able to read and study into when broaching the topic. 

It is crucial that your request to raise your pay remains polite and humble. Never should your conversation come across demanding. That will automatically warrant a rejection of your request. 

Highlight your gratitude in being able to have served the company this far and express your keenness to continue doing so! 

Being polite and asking for a pay raise in person would definitely be the way to go! 

And that sums up our piece on how and when to ask for a pay raise at work! If you have been wondering how to approach this topic with your superiors, we hope this article is of help to you!

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Reshma Sharunlal

Reshma Sharunlal

Content Writer and Marketing Associate at GrabJobs, with over 5 years of content writing experience on different topics such as Recruitment, Technology and Finance. She enjoys spending her time writing anything from poems to screenplays, and everything in between. She also finds joy in reading novels, baking and catching movies with her family. Read more: https://www.linkedin.com/in/reshma1801/

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