Do you think you deserve a raise? Do you avoid asking for one because you’re not sure you’ll hear the response you want? You’re not alone. Many employees in the healthcare field aren’t sure how to broach the issue of a raise. The truth is that most companies don’t just hand out raises to people. You have to ask for one. But first, you have to prove to your manager you have earned it. Here are five tips that will help you get the raise you deserve.

  1. Make Life Easier for Your Boss

This may sound like “kissing-up,” but in reality it’s about shifting from individual interest to shared interest. Be a problem-solver; Make your boss’s goals your goals. This will make their job and their life easier. If the work you perform reduces their stress, they are going to value you more. Identify what part of their job causes them the most stress. Then, you can help reduce that stress by helping achieve their objectives.

  1. Stay Focused on Your Goals

Communication and focus make all the difference. You should communicate frequently with your supervisor to make sure you understand what their expectations are and what goals you should strive to complete. This will make it easier for you to concentrate on achieving company goals. You want to demonstrate that you are contributing to the overall success of the organization. If you aren’t 100% sure of the goal, seek clarity.

  1. Keep Your Long-term Goals in Mind

Your short-term goal is to earn a raise, but you shouldn’t forget about your long-term goals. Maybe you want a promotion? Maybe you want to enter into a supervisor role. Keep working toward those goals. It will force you to develop your skills and knowledge-base, which, in turn, increases your value to the company and puts you in a better position to ask for a raise.

  1. Identify What Your Position Is Worth

A final tip is to research what your position is actually worth. Look into what other organizations are paying for the same role. You might find that you’re not being paid the average for your role in the area in which you live. This kind of research will help you build a compelling case for a raise. Most companies do not want to have reputation for paying employees less than their competitors.

  1. Ask for a Raise

Once you effectively build your case for a raise, the next step is to ask your supervisor. Focus on the organization, not on yourself. Don’t bring up the overtime you work, for example. Instead, focus on how the role you perform benefits the organization. Do you save the company money? Did you participate in a significant initiative? Make sure you have the conversation in person. It is an important discussion, so you don’t want to have it over email or over the phone.

Getting a raise isn’t easy. The majority of people who ask for a raise, don’t get it. If you want to increase your chances of successfully receiving a raise, make sure you are meeting important goals, go out of your way to make your boss’s life easier, and know exactly what your position is worth.


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