5 Tips to Win an “I Need a Raise” Conversation

In helping us all navigate this overwhelming world of work, our in-house digital strategist, Uchechi Onuoha has penned down 5 tips to asking for that major salary raise we have all been fidgety about asking.

Hi sir. I need a raise.


Hello sir. Can I have a raise?

Ugh! No. Deep sigh.

We’ve all been there. Trust me. At one point in your work life, you’ve felt, no, you’ve believed you need a raise. In fact, you’re sure you DESERVE a raise. Sadly, you don’t know how to ask for it and so you never ask and just resort to grumbling through work.

Contrary to what you may think, it’s not a taboo to ask for a raise. Yup, you read right. It isn’t. What I believe some employers battle with is the manner with which employees approach the “I need a raise” discussion. So, here are five simple tips.

Do your research. Before asking for a raise, find out what the industry standard is for your role and responsibilities. When having a discussion with your boss, you want to sound intelligent and aware of industry standards. If you’re already earning higher than what your peers earn in the industry, it means you have more convincing to do.

Don’t complain. Please! Please!! Please!!! The last thing you want to do is whine and complain about your current pay. It makes you look bad. Have a positive conversation, present your case and have a dialogue.

If you have a new or additional role, remind your boss. Over time, your role may have changed, or you may have had more responsibilities added to your current ones. This is a good time to remind your boss about it as it’s a bargaining point.

Let your boss understand he’ll benefit from your raise. After all, your boss is in business to make profit (and provide solution to unmet needs, of course). If your boss doesn’t understand how he or the company stands to benefit from your raise, it may be a hard sell. If getting a raise will help you get an apartment closer to the office, so you can come in earlier and spare some time after closing hours instead of running home at the dot of 5 because of traffic, please chip it in.

Practice your speech and anticipate questions. Oh! You’re not aware this is a pitch? It is. So practice and have answers for all possible questions because there’ll be questions and you need to sound intelligent, like I mentioned earlier.

Now go ahead and ask for that raise. Don’t forget to let me know how it goes.

5 Tips to Win an “I Need a Raise” Conversation
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