I’ve been working at this company for 7 years and just recently found out that the two new people who just got hired are both making more money than I am. Their jobs are similar to mine so I don’t see why they are making more money. I would think that my years of experience should speak for something. I’m really unhappy about this but don’t know what to do.
Here’s what you do. You go to your boss or supervisor and ask for a raise. No kidding! And here’s how you do this…
Make a plan for how you are going to ask for this raise. You know your boss and the personal dynamics of your work situation, so keep that in mind as you strategize how to go about this. Do you think you should point out that you know the new hires are making more money than you are? I don’t see any problem in telling them that’s what you’ve been told. Do you need to put something in writing that points out all that you do for the company? Toot your own horn. If you don’t, who will?
Do you think the face-to-face approach works best with your boss? Plan for that in-person meeting but carry with you your written request for a raise. Be sure to leave that on their desk after your conversation.
As a boss, I’m always impressed with an employee who is willing to do more for the company as a way of asking for a raise. Are you willing to take on new tasks and new responsibilities assuming, of course, that your current job allows time for them? Taking on a new task can be as simple as keeping office supplies stocked or helping shred documents or tidying up the break room; or it can be more involved and specific to your job. Find something more you can do for the company that you know your boss will value. Bring your “team player” attitude to this conference and you will improve your chances for that raise.
If your request for a raise goes unanswered, keep a good attitude about things at work and continue to act in a professional way, but, assert yourself and after a period of time, ask for that raise again! It’s not fair to have new employees making more money than you are. If you still don’t get that raise, it’s time to ask your employer “why not?” They at least owe you an explanation before you walk out the door and look for a job where the work you do is valued.
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- What is your plan for asking for a raise?
- What strategy will work best with your boss?
- How can you raise your confidence and assertiveness before this meeting?
- Are you willing to stay at this job if you don’t get the raise that recognizes your years with the company?