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Don’t panic! Here’s what to do if you don’t get the pay rise you want
21 April 2014
You’ve worked your nose to the grindstone and yet, when review time rolls around, you don’t get the raise you expected. If this has happened to you, you’re not alone. Learning how to overcome it through a calm and reasoned approach is the best way to show your employer that you really are worth the pay rise.
Build your case
If you feel like your workplace efforts are not aligned with your salary, don’t fly into a rage. The most productive thing you can do is sit down with your manager and list all of the reasons why you deserve a pay rise. Note any targets you’ve smashed or any additional business and revenue you’ve brought into the company. Your management team is more likely to respond to quantifiable contributions than emotional outpourings. To check your current salary versus market rates, visit our New Zealand or Australia Salary Centres.
Your pleas were rejected, what next?
If you’ve presented your case, exercised your best negotiation skills and still been denied a pay rise, it’s important not to feel so dejected that it impacts the quality of your work. The way you conduct yourself in a challenging professional situation will have a major impact on your reputation, often for the long term. Most industries are small and you never know who you might run into in the future. By staying positive, you demonstrate that you have the maturity and professional nous to withstand the more difficult times.
If you feel like your workplace efforts are not aligned with your salary, don’t fly into a rage. The most productive thing you can do is sit down with your manager and list all of the reasons why you deserve a pay rise.
A proactive response
If your company is simply not in a position to offer you a financial reward for your efforts, you could explore alternatives that will benefit you in other ways. For example, you could suggest flexible working hours or request some time off work to attend additional training that will benefit the business as well as your skill set. You could also speak to your manager about career development opportunities within the organisation and the chance to get involved in a broader range of projects that will expand your experience.
Moving on: Your approach
If you have explored other options and talked to your manager and still feel like your achievements have gone unappreciated for too long, then perhaps it’s time to move on and look for a new opportunity and a role with a higher salary. When you resign, don’t focus on the fact that money is driving you away as this most likely won’t leave the type of lasting impression on your soon-to-be former workmates that you’d like.
The way you handle yourself in a frustrating salary situation at work can affect your professional reputation for years to come. Conduct yourself with decorum, move forward on a positive note and you are far more likely to succeed in achieving your career and financial goals.
Approach your next salary conversation with confidence. Visit our Salary Centre today to research your current market value using detailed salary guides.
• Take a calm, reasoned approach and be prepared to build a case for why you deserve a raise.
• If you're knocked back again, don't let it compromise your professionalism.
• Be proactive and seek out alternative benefits you can request in place of cash.
• If all this fails, be prepared to look for a new role that meets your expectations.