THINKING BUSINESS
a blog by Chris Barrow

How to get a pay rise

If you are not in ethical sales.

  1. make yourself an indispensable member of the team;

  2. go the extra mile;

  3. start early;

  4. stay late;

  5. show initiative;

  6. don’t be FOMM (frightened of making a mistake);

  7. be an ambassador for the business;

  8. don’t take part in the well-poisoner’s gossip – walk away;

  9. be friendly but don’t need friends;

  10. light up the room when you walk in.

When you have completed the above list for a minimum period of 3-6 months, then, ask your boss for a conversation.

“Currently I am earning £x, I would like to earn £y by Z date.

Please map out for me exactly what you would like me to do differently to achieve that.”

Then listen. If your boss agrees a plan, execute the plan. If not, find a new boss.

How not to get a pay rise.

  1. BMW (bitch, moan and whine) about your wages;

  2. work to rule until you get a pay rise;

  3. tell people that you are not doing something “because it’s not my job” or “because they don’t pay me enough to do that.”

  4. partake in the gossip;

  5. try to make everyone your friend;

  6. ask for overtime;

  7. do exactly what it says on your job description and no more.

How to get a pay rise if you are in ethical sales.

  1. sell.

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