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What Not To Do When Requesting For A Raise

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Your heart is racing fast and thoughts continue to run into your head. You are about to ask for a pay raise. The best outcome that you can imagine is getting more than what you requested. However, you will be happy to see a small bump up your monthly salary.

Let us face it! When requesting for a raise, there are only a few ways to get it right and many ways to get it wrong. Here are just some scenarios that pertain to the latter:


Roger came into the room equipped with his egotistical tone. He said: “If I do not get a 20% raise, I am quitting today.” Like Roger, it is natural to crave for fair compensation. Our employers need to see how valuable we are. But, you do not have to waltz in the room with your ultimatums. You may end up quitting abruptly just to save face!

Treat the act of requesting for a raise as a business negotiation. Psychological strategies and conversation tools can sway the opinion of another through a pleasant exchange.


Your personal problems including the monetary ones are your problems alone. You took the coveted job and accepted the employer’s offer. I know that emotions can run through the roof when you feel like you are getting duped. However, it is not professional to blame your boss or unload your emotional turmoil onto him or her.

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Calm down and clear your inner conflicts before you discuss about your pay.


In a 2015 interview, local comedian Hossan Leong highlighted that we live in a society driven by the “complain mentality”. He proved this by saying: “One complaint and everyone is up-in-arms. There is a knee-jerk reaction.” Do not let this mentality affect your actions when asking for a raise!

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Your argument should not be based on what your co-workers have that you do not. Instead, it should be based on your accomplishment and performance. Find out the average salary ranges for your position by visiting informative websites such as and by asking credible resources.

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