(Closed) Asking For A Raise—- Help!!

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 4
Hostess
18644 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I don’t think using the computer for personal stuff should automatically disqualify you from getting a raise but you might want to be more careful about it in the future.

Have you talked to your boss about all the additional responsibilities you have been given and ask for a raise?

Post # 5
Member
46329 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

You definitely deserve a raise. If you were offered your starting salary for just the Christmas store manager tasks, you need a raise to compensate for all the additional duties.

Be prepared for them to bring up the reprimands and the fact that you are still violating company policy in that area. Is it possible for you to link your personal computer use to research for your job?

Prepare some speaking notes, outlining in the change in your duties. Draft a new job description and take it into a meeting with you.

Post # 6
Member
500 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I think you should prepare a detailed presentation.  You need to clearly outline your successes, accomplishments, job duties that go over and above your basic duties.  Depending on what job that you have you might even give specifics in terms of how much incremental revenue you’ve added to the bottom line, turntimes that you’ve sped up, or anything else.  Also, like the previous posters said, be prepared to address the write ups that you’ve had in the past.  Good luck!  You might even do some research and see what is typical of your area/job descriptions.  And be prepared for the possibility of a no – what would you do then?

Post # 7
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318 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

It sounds like you deserve it!

Make sure to outline the additional responsibilities and be specific.  If can can give figures like amount of things you’ve created or if you can track how much  business has gone up since you created the FB page, then that helps a lot. 

If they bring it up, don’t deny it and just say you have worked to improve and it has decreased (hopefully it has at least a little, right?).

Post # 9
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1398 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think you should find your original job description, then list out all of the additional things you do, above and beyond that job description. Point out that you’ve met all work deadlines, your attendence, your willingness to take on new responsibilities, and been a team player for for the company. Write all of this down, and let your boss know that you feel that not only deserve a raise, you deserve a title to go along with the extended position that you have created for yourself. I think a couple times being caught looking at non-work related items online should not have any affect on this. I think 99% of the people who work in environments where there are computers do this, that is why cyber Monday exists during the holidays, because everyone places their holiday orders online during the holiday season from their work computers.

The worst that can happen is that they say no. You wouldn’t be any worse off than you are now.

Post # 11
Member
477 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

You should definitely ask for a raise, but if you’re nervous about negotiating a merit-based raise in this economy, perhaps there are other ways to squeeze out some more money.  Some company’s offer you a cash bonus if you decline their health coverage, or are willing to increase your pay in exchange for getting off of the health plan.  If you have a partner’s health plan you can jump onto, its a pretty easy way to talk them into a few extra thousand – especially since health coverage rates keep going up every year.  I would just get it in writing that you can go back and renegotiate in 6 months, a year, or whenever your next open season is (in case something goes wrong with your partner’s job or health coverage).  Plus you can keep the money you pay out in premiums from your current paycheck.

 

 

 

Post # 12
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677 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Three years and not even a cost of living increase? That’s not ok. I know the economy has been horrific but you deserve an increase, at least a token. Find your original job description, create a new one that lists all the additional things you do and do research on what the market is paying for your current job description. Also bring copies of your performance reviews. Create a list of all the things you’ve done that really stand out – new processes, saving the company money etc that show you are an asset to the organization will back up your case to. Show why you deserve a raise.

Good luck!

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