So, before you approach your boss again, gather your facts, plot your strategy and follow these key steps to make sure you get a pay rise next time round.
It’s the same eight hours in the day, but for some reason you missed out on a pay rise whereas some of your colleagues didn’t. Maybe it is time to undergo a career-audit. Think about the way you carry put your duties. Could you do better, take on more work or simply work more efficiently? How do your colleagues view your behaviour or attitude? Do they see you as the office clown, a time-waster?
This may sound like a no-brainer but whether you accept it or not, your employer is not obligated to give you a pay rise simply because you want one. That doesn’t mean that you should work excessive hours and burn the candle at both ends. On the contrary, it is about working smarter and knuckling down to some old-fashioned graft.
The poet Edward Young, said: “Procrastination is the thief of time”. In other words, don’t put off till tomorrow what you can do today. Yet, somehow you don’t seem to have the time in the day to perform your job duties effectively. Nonsense. You have the same 24 hours as Richard Branson and Bill Gates – you just need to use it more productively.
It is OK to arrive for work late every so often. But do you make a habit of it? Fifteen minutes here or there may not seem like much, but if you finish work on time every day then you have cost your employer 65 minutes of paid-time every week. And by the time you come to ask for a pay rise six month later, you will owe your boss over 35 hours – effectively a whole working week. So make sure that you arrive on time every day and, at the very least, make up the extra time if you are late.
But do your homework first. Take courses, attend conferences, and expand your expertise and knowledge in your field to market yourself as a more rounded professional. However, don’t expect to earn a bonus or pay rise simply because you have done these things – you are paid to deliver results, not to pursue your dreams.