Planner for the 14 Days to a Raise Challenge
Do you want a pay increase? One of the key elements to successfully asking for a raise is preparation. A successful request for a raise includes the proper timing, an organized request, and a strong case for the rise. We’ll take a look at a 14-day challenge over the coming weeks to help you get ready to request a raise.
You’ll commit to taking regular action for 14 days, concentrating on the following pursuits:
Prepare yourself for success by doing your research, practicing asking for a raise, and making the ask.
Take daily action in one of these areas (see the list below for ideas). You can successfully request a raise if you take action in each of these areas throughout the challenge.
To organize and keep track of the tasks for each day, you can use either the Challenge Calendar or the Challenge Planner. Each day you finish the challenge activity, mark the day with a large red “X” after writing down the task you’ll perform. You want as many spots on your planner or calendar crossed off at the end of the 14-day period.
The task can be completed in one of three ways:
- Complete one action item per day for 14 days in a row.
Take action for five days each week (no weekends) for slightly under three weeks. Take action for six days per week (no Sundays) for a little over two weeks.
You are in charge!
In the challenge, give yourself praise for finishing strong. Take pleasure in a particular outing or anything else that will motivate you to continue!
The first suggestion for getting ready is right here.
Study the Raise Request You’ve Made
- Find out how much other people in your industry are being paid by using an online salary website.
- To find out if they have wage information for your position, get in touch with the professional or trade group for your sector. (Keep in mind that job responsibilities can differ from company to firm; compare both, not simply job names.)
- See if you can discover wage data for your specific employer and job title on Glassdoor or PayScale.
- Find out how your business usually handles raises. Are they distributed annually at a particular time? Are they fixed cost-of-living raises, merit- or performance-based, or both?
- Make a list of the recent 12–18 months’ worth of your accomplishments that demonstrate your value.
- Search “average wage for (job title)” on Google. This may occasionally direct you to more detailed wage information for a career.
- Determine any company-specific elements that may have an impact on your raise request (such as the recent loss of an important client, the signing of a new contract, corporate culture, or pay philosophy).
- Ask your boss if you may have a one-on-one meeting to go over your workload, performance, goals, and compensation if your employer doesn’t conduct annual performance evaluations (and raises).
- Make a list of your objective—factual, unemotional—reasons why you deserve a raise. These ought to relate to your duties and productivity at work.
- Write out three items that, if a raise were not possible, you would be willing to take in its place (i.e., association dues, training, a flexible schedule).
More is coming!