A Weekly Q&A Column About Professionalism, Etiquette and Problems in the Workplace
by Sue Morem
Should You Ask for a Raise?
Dear Sue: My boss is the type of person who has to be asked
for a raise or review every year. I feel if I ask him, heíll feel
obligated and resent it later. I am feeling compelled to look for
employment elsewhere. In your honest opinion, is that something thatís
worth the effort?
Sue Says: Yes, I think it is worthwhile for you to start looking
to see what opportunities you might find. Whether you decide to act on
what you find or not, you will at least know what is out there and what
your options are. You might find something that suits you better or
decide that where you are is where you want to stay.
However, keep in mind that there is no guarantee what your next boss
will be like--you could be trading one problem for another. Even when it
appears someone else is the cause of our problems, more often than not,
part of the problem lies within us. You will benefit by trying to work
through the issues you have with your boss.
Be cautious when making assumptions; you donít know for sure what
your boss is thinking or how he will react so why do you assume your
boss will resent you for telling him what you need? Thereís a good
chance he will respect you for asserting yourself. Donít accuse him of
not giving you a review or a raise, just ask him when you can expect
these things and tell him it is important for you to know what you can
If you donít say anything, nothing will change. Why not try to make
the changes you are seeking?
Sue Morem is a professional speaker, trainer and syndicated columnist. She
is author of the newly released
101 Tips for Graduates and
How to Gain the Professional Edge, Second Edition. You can contact her by email at
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