Want to know if you should ask for a raise soon? Before you make the walk and talk to your boss or supervisor, ask yourself a few questions to determine how much value you bring to the company. There are two sets of questions you should ask yourself:
Question Set A:
- Do you cost your organization time and money because you’re a slacker?
- Do you avoid going the extra mile?
- Do you refuse to learn how to do your job better unless you’re paid more to do so?
- Do you always ask for help instead of attempting to figure things out on your own first?
- Do you give up if a task seems too hard?
- Do you often walk in late or leave early?
- Does your boss/supervisor have to remind you to get your work done on time?
Question Set B:
- If you left your job, would they have to hire two or more people to replace you?
- Do you bring the value of more than one employee to the table?
- Do other people on the team regularly ask you for help?
- Are you a self-starter and a go-getter?
- Are you willing to work extra time to get a job done right?
- Do you look for ways to challenge yourself to grow?
- Are you a timely employee, both in your attendance and in getting stuff done?
If you answered “yes” to one or more of the questions in Set A, you should probably sit tight and start working harder.
If you answered “yes” to one or more the questions in Set B, you’re probably in a good position to make the walk and negotiate for a raise.
What do you think? What are some questions you would ask yourself to discover your value as an employee? Please share in the comments.
I’m Jeff M. Miller, and I help ordinary people who are stuck in a rut change their behaviors so they can be extraordinary. I’m an entrepreneur who retired from my full-time job in my early 40s to work from home. I’m a financial counselor, life coach, graphic designer, and passionate believer in helping others improve their lives a little more each day.