Asking for a raise does either of two things to your image. First, it may make you seem like someone who has gotten the confidence to ask for something that you have deserved a long time ago. Either that or you just stain your reputation by appearing as someone who is asking for a higher compensation without putting in the work to do so. That being said, we usually don’t ask for a raise. We work hard at the workplace and we hope that our efforts are recognized for us to either be given a raise or a promotion. However, there are a few scenarios where you absolutely must ask for a raise.
The first is, as mentioned above, when you know that you have been working hard for the past year or more and you’ve never gotten a promotion. If this is the case, chances are that the management is simply exploiting your hard work and promoting you simply means they lose one of their best workers. If you’re not even actively asking for a promotion, then you should at least ask for a raise.
Continuous Workload Increase
Unless otherwise stated in your job description, workload should not increase. If you are facing continuously increasing workload to the point that you are getting too stressed out, you may need to approach the management about what’s going on. Believe it or not, there are cases where managers would delegate too many tasks to their employees. If it isn’t part of your job to do these tasks, you have the right to refuse them. Better yet, ask for a raise. If any of these aren’t possible, you may want to look at other career options.
About to Resign
If you’re about to leave your current company for whatever reason, there are a few things that you should do before your final day at work. For instance, be sure you already have a job lined up for you when you leave. If not, and you feel compelled to stay, try to ask for a raise. If you’re an excellent employee, you may just get it just to make you stay. It’s up to you where to go from that point.
There are a lot of other scenarios where asking for a raise is just the right thing to do. One thing you never should do is to ask for it if you’re not even performing that well. If, on the other hand, you’re all set to resign and you’re offered a raise without asking for it, try to really think about it. For all you know, that raise comes with a lot of strings attached and wouldn’t be worth staying for anyway.