In 2014, a research showed that 61% of Singaporean employees felt that were underpaid and overworked compared to the existing market rates. To put that in perspective, that is about 6 out of 10 employees. As the increase of talents from all around the world rise, satisfaction of pay and loyalty to the company will be tested. Now, if you feel that you are underpaid and overworked then, here are the 3 things you shall consider doing…
1. ENHANCE YOUR WRITING SKILLS
Your potential can be assessed by how well you construct proposals, e-mails, and reports. Poor writing skills can cost more money or inadvertently offend others especially the valued clients. Proper grammar along with being direct is very important when responding to your superiors and to your clients. Brush up on your English skills by watching free tutorial videos on YouTube.
2. SPEAK UP MORE
Did you know that Narcissists (i.e., overly self-involved individuals) give out a better impression of themselves in the workplace because of their outspoken nature? They like to brag about their tasks and achievements hence, they are perceived by the bosses to be smarter and to have more initiative. But we all know that geniuses that are extremely quiet exist and are often overlooked (e.g., snob in promotions or pay raise).
To assert yourself more, try to join Public Speaking Workshops. In fact, there is an on going deal for a 3 Hour Public Speaking Workshop at GROUPON for only S$15. Grab it now, as it is valid until June 2015 only.
3. ASK FOR A RAISE
Living in Singapore with a deeply rooted Asian culture, it is usual for us to be silent and underrate our worth. Hence, it is not surprising how many people hardly negotiate pay at interview. During employment, they fail to negotiate a pay raise too. But, if you do not ask then you would not get it. You are more valuable than you think; otherwise, they would have fired you a long time ago. Realize that your bargaining strength is all in your head. You can do it! 🙂
For detailed ways to negotiate salary increase efficiently, read my other article here.