I need a pay rise.. Need advise on how should I approach my boss to ask?

@ksherrie (891)
Singapore
January 20, 2010 2:15am CST
I have work in the company for 2 years now.. I am a web designer. I work very hard in the company. I usually came late, which I know is my fault, but I ended work late as well... You may think I am a slow worker, but I am not. I have cleared a few project tasks in a day.. Which I am not bluffing as I have emails to back my claims.. Nowadays, clients have quite a number of urgent requests here and there that would disrupt work flow, which i completed them and even my project tasks. I usually multi-task, so I can get a few projects task done in a day and replying to clients on the updates. So far, i think my job performance is quite good as there have been praises from my clients. I can't say I am very friendly with my boss. Nor can I say he is a very approachable guy. You see, I am not the only one in my company hoping for an increment in the small company of about 6-7 people. I did consider about moving on, but that is a difficult decision even though pay is low. I like the environment here. I like the people here too. I enjoy my work scope. I am not complaining that workload gets overwhelming at times. It is just about getting what I think I might deserve as I don't get overtime pay. Just off-days if I am required to work on non-working days. All my friends even my boyfriend has advised me to move out of the comfort zone. I am giving this job a 2nd chance provided my boss can increase my pay. So back to the main subject of this discussion, how should I ask my boss for an increment? Any suggestions? Any boss out there to advise how you want to be approached on this matter too? Thanks in advance. =
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@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
27 Jan 10
Since u think that u are working more that u are being paid, u should ask for an increment.. Because u are working hard for it, and u do have back ups, support from your clients etc.. Thus, it's not fair for u and the others to be working hard, and yet not rewarded?? With someone of your talent, as well as diligence at work, u will be able to find a similiar job out there, with much better pay.. IF your boss refuses to give u an increment, u can always say bye bye to him.. haha =D
@ksherrie (891)
• Singapore
11 Feb 10
You have a point.. I do have the back up of my clients, who are apologetic when they sent me their urgent requests.. But they can only do that much.. If only they could give us a bigger budget project... That would be different story. = Thank you for your response...
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@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
11 Feb 10
YEah, your clients feedback are your greatest advantage ^_^% So sorry about the duplicate post though!! hehe
@ksherrie (891)
• Singapore
18 Feb 10
Lol... No problem.. maybe the system will think it is an additional post.. might help me earn a tiny bit?? haha
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@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
11 Feb 10
Hi ksherrie, The only advice I can give you is just ask your boss straight out for a raise, what the worst that can happen, your boss will just say "No". No need beating around the bush with issues like this in my opinion.
@ksherrie (891)
• Singapore
18 Feb 10
wow... That is very straight forward. Not sure that would work with my boss. I will keep this in mind when I am going for a raise the second time later this year.. Thank you for your suggestion!
@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
20 Feb 10
Yes it is very straight forward and may not work on every boss, it depends but when it comes to work I try to cut through all of the red tape and get straight to the point. Life is short and I spend enough of it at work, so the less I have to deal with issues like that at work the better
@ksherrie (891)
• Singapore
22 Feb 10
i see.. sadly, i usually get tangled with work till late hours..... Saying "NO", to my clients especially, is not my forte...
• Singapore
8 Feb 10
Hi ksherrie, You may have proven yourself in your job scope but have you prove yourself outside the job scope? Do you have the qualities to prove that the rise in your pay is worthy? Do you go for the extra mile for your customers? Attending to urgent requests and multi-tasking are part of your job scope. Receiving praises is just to build confidence and secure the rice bowl. If you can think of some events that stands out of your current job scope, prove it to your boss and see if a rise will be given or not.
@ksherrie (891)
• Singapore
11 Feb 10
hmm.. I am not sure about proving myself outside the job scope.. Can you elaborate further on that? The urgent requests is already the extra mile i go for my clients as their requests are always outside of office hours and on weekends. It often interferes with my personal time. Luckily my boyfriend is understanding enough. Events eh? hmm.. that would be something for me to explore... Thank you for your response!
• Singapore
12 Feb 10
Let me give you an example: A saleslady who was at the department store arranging the items on the shelf. Then came a mother and daughter who is five years old. They are looking for a soft toy but the department store doesn't have any stocks. So this saleslady came to know about it, she made the soft toys on her own and personally deliver to the residential address of the mother and daughter after getting their residential information at that time. The mother and daughter are very delighted. Well, above is an example of going for the extra mile for customers. Service attendants have to create a WOW effect for the customers.
@ksherrie (891)
• Singapore
18 Feb 10
Wow.. There is really an extra mile for the customer... I am doing web design, that extra mile is slightly difficult in my case. I did add the "extra" effort of giving them the most updated script for their website even though it is not in the package. That was nearly deemed stupid by my boss as that could mean a little more money earned from there... So going the extra mile may be a little difficult.
@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
27 Jan 10
Since u think that u are working more that u are being paid, u should ask for an increment.. Because u are working hard for it, and u do have back ups, support from your clients etc.. Thus, it's not fair for u and the others to be working hard, and yet not rewarded?? With someone of your talent, as well as diligence at work, u will be able to find a similiar job out there, with much better pay.. IF your boss refuses to give u an increment, u can always say bye bye to him.. haha =D
@ksherrie (891)
• Singapore
11 Feb 10
I see this is a duplicate response... Seems like a lag in the system, LOL!
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• China
20 Jan 10
Hi, ksherrie. You can say "i think i was worth more than the given price, so i need a pay rise". Have a good luck!
@ksherrie (891)
• Singapore
11 Feb 10
= Tried that.. managed to get a 7% increment.. which is about a hundred dollars... not much difference though.. at least better than no increment. Thank you for your suggestion!