Hard work doesn’t always go unnoticed

ask for a raise, asking for a raise, reward comes after hard workIn the past, I’ve written and joked about being a die-hard workaholic and no one noticing it – like pissing in the wind.

But I’ve learned recently that hard work and dedication don’t always go unnoticed. People may not tell you every day, “I appreciate your hard work.” But if you’re a truly dedicated employee, believe me – they appreciate your hard work.

What I’ve learned about company appreciation:

Companies that can afford to compensate you based on the value you bring will. Companies that can’t afford to pay you the salary you’re worth will reward you in other ways like spinning the “wheel of recognition” or giving you an “award of excellence.” As lame as that might be, it’s their way of appreciating you with what they’re able to offer.

What if you feel like you’re being underpaid?

The simple answer is: ask for a raise. I know it’s probably easier said than done. If you’re anything like me, asking for a pay raise just isn’t in your nature. In fact, I’ve never asked for one before. But I’ve learned recently that it’s okay to ask for things you want – things you believe you deserve.

Like the good book says, “Ask and you shall receive.” If you approach your boss in a professional way with a solid case as to why you deserve a raise, what’s the worst that can happen?

But don’t demand for a raise if you’ve been slacking off

A common pattern I’ve noticed is this:

  • People start at a company working hard and totally dedicated
  • The company doesn’t seem to notice them, so they become de-motivated
  • They start slacking off and hiding in the shadows
  • As the de-motivation grows, they become disgruntled and negative
  • They start calling in sick for no reason
  • They talk negatively about the company
  • They openly tell people they hate their jobs
  • They gossip about their managers
  • Their performance goes down
  • Then they demand for a raise

Wait a minute. Reward doesn’t come before hard work. Ever.

Kids get rewarded after showing good behaviour, not before. You can’t expect any manager to take you seriously if you demand for a raise after spending months slacking off, being lazy and calling in sick.

So how do you (properly) ask your boss for a raise?

First, examine your work ethic and honestly ask yourself if you deserve a raise. Have you been slacking off lately? Or have you been a dedicated employee? If you’ve been slacking off, it’s time to pull up your boots and bring that hard working nature back.

Once you’re ready, book a meeting with your boss and go in with a professional demeanor and a solid case as to why you deserve a pay raise. Focus on these factors:

  • The amount of responsibilities you have in your role
  • How your role and responsibilities have impacted the company
  • The value that your hard work brings to the company
  • How your work has helped the company achieve its objectives

Share examples of projects you’ve worked on throughout the year that have benefited the company. Like I said, if the company is able to reward you what you deserve, it will. These are things I’ve learned recently on both the employee and manager sides. It’s all true.

And if they can’t give you a salary bump, maybe they’ll ask you to spin the “wheel of recognition” every week. 🙂

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