During a review with a client we came to the conclusion that to reach her long-term retirement goals she was going to need more income. She blurted out, “I need a raise.” In talking through her gifts and value to the organization I thought others might benefit from my experiences and education and created this piece for publication on my blog.
During my career, I’ve worked in a number of different organizations, small and large, public and private, profit and non-profit. As a graduate student I also spent time understanding organizational culture, and how to build great teams and, profitable ventures all while learning How To Be A Star At Work and Get A Raise Fast.
In a booming economy, it is crucial to know your value to the organization. Once you do it is easier to ask for a raise. Most bosses will only loosen their purse strings for an employee that has proven to be invaluable to the organization. Let’s take a look at a few ways that you can get that raise you so richly deserve.
Tap Into Your Boss’s Mind
A good way for you to stay ahead of the curve is to anticipate your boss’ needs before they tell you what they are. It makes their job much easier. Bosses love an employee who can show that they don’t need someone to constantly watch them or tell them what to do next. They want an employee who can take the ball and run with it. Taking extra initiative can be the thing that separates you from your fellow employees. This will also help your boss score points with their own superiors for the great hire they made and that is the sort of thing that can always help your case.
Be Eager to Learn
Whenever you have an opportunity to learn skills that can make you better at what you do, it is in your best interest to take it. Your eagerness to learn will shine through as you volunteer to shadow other employees in other areas or work on a special project. Learning everything you can about your industry, company, and department will make you invaluable and set you apart as a star.
Prove Your Worth
Simply doing your job will never set you apart and get you the raise you are looking for. One of the things that make bosses stop and take notice are the efforts that are completely unexpected. For example, if you see that a new employee is struggling, you can take them under your wing and show them the ropes. This will show your boss that you are a team player and that you have the best interest of the company in mind. Sharing your knowledge with others will make your star rise in the eyes of your employers.
Know the Company and Department Goals
Become aware of the goals that your company has set for the year and align your priorities toward them. Your star will shine brightly as you discuss how the work you are doing will help achieve the goals the company has announced. It will also show that you understand the individual contributions each employee can make toward the overall mission. Your boss will be completely impressed that you see yourself as a contributor to the big picture objectives.
Get In Early and Stay Late
All too often, bosses, especially at smaller firms, feel the weight and pressure of getting more done with few resources. If you are there when the boss arrives and there when the boss leaves (working of course) imagine the impact that will make on their perspective of your value. When my son graduated college I gave him this hard learned piece of advice. After just over one year of regularly “turning on the lights” when he arrived and making sure everything was “locked up” when he left, he was rewarded with a promotion, a raise, and in my son’s words “a huge–it left me speechless” bonus. Conscientiousness, dedication, and loyalty are treasured, and often rare. Your star will shimmer as your commitment to the organization shines through.
Bide your time, and make yourself invaluable.
Then you too will Be A Star At Work and Get A Raise Fast