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Humiliate Your Boss and Get a Raise? Part 2

February 16, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 150

In Part 1, a girl I named, "Sara", had a radio station call her boss, and confronted him for not giving her a raise. She hadn't had a raise after working with the same company for seven years; however, a male co-worker earned a raise recently. She claims that her boss didn't give her a raise because she was a woman.

Asking for a Raise

In Part 1, I said that someone earns a raise not only because the work they did, but also because the expectations of what they will do. Sometimes, you just need to ask for one. For many women, they are too fearful to ask for a pay increase! The most important thing is to NOT FOCUS ON THE OUTCOME. Why do I say that? Because your focus is on how you handle yourself, and what you will say. Just because you follow these steps doesn't mean you will get a raise, but the strategy I am sharing has worked for me in the past.

The Biggest Opportunity

I am speaking to the women, and I guess, some men I know. One of the biggest challenges is to not get emotional. It is hard to hear about what you need to improve, especially when someone is disrespectful in sharing those opportunities. I have had struggles in the past of getting emotional during reviews, and trying to hold back the tears. Many times, we aren't being emotional but passionate. Of course, some would ask "What is the difference?". Most men do not enjoy dealing with emotional people; thus the title, "Drama Queen". Now that I have changed, I can't deal with the drama either.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall!

For preparation, you need to look in the mirror, and honestly reflect on your job performance! This again is painful, but knowing the truth about your opportunities is the only way to get what you want in the end.

Think about these questions, and prepare your case along with examples of success.

How have your skills improved over the last year? Discuss the areas your boss felt needed development, and address those with specific examples of how you improved How productive are you? Describe the amount of work you do that is above and beyond the standard job expectation. How have you affected the company's financials? Are you involved with projects that save them money, or is your position viewed as an expense? Do you train others to help improve the team's performance? Be able to define your value to the company in detail.

Avoid Like the Plague

There are many topics that are toxic. To keep the meeting productive, stay away from negative comments or excuses.

Be careful not to compare yourself to anyone else in the office. This is a sign of immaturity, and lack of accountability. For example, "I always meet my deadlines, unlike Susan." Do NOT bring up the fact you know someone else got a raise, or you know the amount of someone's salary. Again, this sounds like a child upset that their sibling got more marshmallows in their hot chocolate than they did. Someone else receiving a raise is irrelevant. People earn raises based on their improvements. If you didn't receive one, then you didn't make the improvements that your boss expected. Most supervisors reward on performance level, otherwise, everyone would get paid the same rate for the same position. Keep it together, stay calm, showing little emotion. You have a better chance getting what you want by being calm and direct. Also, when your emotions take over, you are not as professional. Once the professionalism is lost, your boss will no longer be attentive. Seek to learn! Do not do all the talking! You must ask questions. Seek to understand before assuming the reasons for their decision.

Most importantly, be in the right mindset! Have the attitude, that no matter what the outcome, you will be proud of your professionalism. If you haven't confronted your boss on sensitive issues in the past, then you are growing! With growth, comes more rewards.

Cheryl Stinchcomb is a highly respected Training & Business Coach. She is a top producer in her MLM, and her record is personally sponsoring 18 people in one day. She trains people in offline and online marketing and fully embraces the power of relationships. If you need help getting more leads, check out Cheryl's Blog for more articles on MLM success.

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