The start of a new financial year, and for many, time to either ask for a salary review or, to have people asking you to ‘up’ their salary package.
Last year I wrote and published four online courses to help people with their careers – How to write a cracking resume, How to Ace the Interview, How to get a Promotion and How to get a Pay Rise. (See JobPrep – Prepare for your next Job)
The last one, How to get a Pay Rise, which I thought would be the most popular, turned out to be the least!
Here is an excerpt from the course on why people don’t ask for a pay rise and the reasons they tell themselves not to:
- Fear of being rejected.
- Fear of coming across as too pushy.
- Fear of resentment from your future boss.
- Fear of being miserable if the answer is no.
- I’m already earning enough.
- I’m getting paid more than others in the same role so I won’t ask.
- I love my job and don’t want to lose it.
- My friends and family don’t get paid as much as I do so I don’t want to be seen as rich or trying to be better than them so I won’t ask.
- I’m unsure if I’m worth more.
- People sometimes confuse their professional worth with their personal worth. Their personal worth isn’t up for examination. It’s their professional worth that they need to spend a little time polishing into an impressive presentation.
- They just don’t care – Maybe past experiences have taught them that it’s a waste of time to try.
- I’ll get recognised sooner or later – I’ve done my job and they will call me in sooner or later and increase my pay without me having to go through the trouble of asking myself.
- Personal Beliefs about Money – Some people carry around social notions about earning more money, such as rich people being snobs or greedy, or money matters being a nuisance or beneath oneself to deal with, or worrying about compromising relationships with other coworkers.
So if they do get up the guts to ask for a pay rise how do you respond?
More on that next fortnight ….