(Serious) How DO you respectfully tell an employer you need to be paid a little more than you’re making, in order to stay afloat, without negative consequence?

(Serious) How DO you respectfully tell an employer you need to be paid a little more than you’re making, in order to stay afloat, without negative consequence?

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  1. * Document your contributions.
    * Document how you save/make the company money.
    * State your case on a factual level to your manager (and higher if your manager isn’t in charge of raises)
    * Keep documenting your work.
    * Look for a new job regardless. More often than not, you’re best chance for more pay is to switch jobs.

  2. You can’t control the consequences of asking. The most you can do is have a backup plan. If you are fired, you need to be ready with a job search (if you don’t already have a job wondering if you’ll accept their offer). If you quit, you need the same situation.

    So you can ask nicely, saying that you’ve worked your home budget different ways, but you aren’t going to be able to live on the pay you receive, and would need a raise of at least so-much in order to make ends meet. If the company can’t approve a raise by a given date, then you’ll have to look for a job elsewhere.

  3. At the end of the day, you can’t control how others are going to react to information. Telling your employer that cost of living and inflation have negatively impacted your finances shouldn’t upset anyone. If it does, you should find a different employer.

    I’ve always made it a point when my manager or supervisor complimented me on good work to ask about a raise. It seems to be a good time to ask. Do I always get it? Nope. But it’s worked enough times to be a successful strategy.

  4. The hard truth (former manager here) is that your employer does not care why YOU need more money.

    They care about what you’re doing to justify getting more money. Have your hours gone up? Output, demand? Covering for somebody who left and they still haven’t replaced that person?

    OR THE BEST ONE (and I used this a LOT) – has your job description changed to the point that HR should re-evaluate your role/salary?

    Those are good reasons to bring up a merit increase. “I need more money because I need more money” is not going to do much.

  5. there’s no easy way to broach this topic. depends on several factors, including how long you’ve been with the company, you’re level (entry/middle/senior) and in general the market of your particular job.


    If you’ve had positive progress reviews in the past, I don’t see any harm in asking your direct supervisor to ask for a raise. He will go to his superiors, and assuming you’ve had positive reviews and your supervisor thinks your a good asset to the team a raise is possible.


    If that doesn’t work, another approach is to secure a new job offer that has a higher pay, assuming you like your current company provide them with proof of another offer and see if they can match it. This puts the pressure less on you and more of the company. Best of luck.

  6. Whether or not you can survive on your current income is not your employers problem. This internet stranger empathises with you but does not pay your salary. You need to look at the job market and find out what comparable positions pay and how much demand your position is in. How much you can ask for depends on your negotiating strength. Consider what the alternatives are if they say no. Once you have this information, pose the question politely. Remember, you’re not begging, you’re bargaining.

  7. My advice would be not to frame it around your needs but to frame it around your value to the company. Find some way to demonstrate why you are more valuable now.

    I hate to say this, but your company doesn’t give a fuck how you survive.

    However, it’s possible (if difficult) to demonstrate to them that your labor is worth more than you’re currently being compensated.

  8. Depending on the company, your direct manager may have his/her hands tied on this due to salary ranges and qualification bands within them. If you’re already maxed out for your role, there’s not much you can do nor much your manager can do. If you’re lower than the max, just go ask for the increase and provide a written note of your contributions and performance.

    Always be looking for a different job if you’re not paid well. But keep in mind that you are paid for what the company wants. you to do. If your skills are marginal, your pay will be as well. If your skills are superior, you’ll get superior pay (provided your not an a$$hole at work).

    Always keep improving your skills and on job performance and the money will come as well other opportunities.

  9. Just tell them straight up you want a raise and list the reasons you think you deserve it. Any employer that will give you shit for asking for a raise is a toxic work environment and not a place you wanna work long term.

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