Britt is a champion of women in the workplace. She hosts the Livlyhood podcast to celebrate working women and to help them find joy in their jobs. Her extensive career in public affairs prepared her to now assist working women figure out how to get what they want and need from their careers. She spoke at the 2020 Aspire Her conference.
If getting a raise or promotion is on your list of New Year’s resolutions, you may be wondering what you need to do to make it happen. Some of this is out of your control but there are habits you can develop now to ensure the promotion of your dreams happens this year.
- Talk to your boss about how you can improve
One of the most interesting parts of being a manager is how often people will ask for more responsibility or more money without first asking what they need to change to make it happen. A simple conversation with your manager will open your eyes to what you need to work on to take your job to the next level. Keep an open mind as you hear this constructive criticism and remember that you asked for it! If you want something different from your job you’re going to have to do something differently. You may not completely agree with the responses but if your boss is holding the cards, it’d be smart to take it to heart.
- Acknowledge the contributions of your employees and coworkers
It may seem counterintuitive, but one of the main ways you can ensure that you are a valued member of your company’s staff is to publicly thank others for their contributions. Your value will increase as others see you as a teammate who is willing to help and pitch in, but also acknowledge when others succeed.
- Make a case for your promotion using facts, not feelings
Too often women focus on their feelings when asking for what they need at work. Feeling like you work harder than others, are working more, or that you have more bills to pay are not reasons for getting a raise. You need to show tangible results from your work. When you talk to your boss, make sure the conversation revolves around your results and not the feelings you have about those results. Point out feedback from peers, clients or customers. You want to make an undeniable case for why you deserve a raise, and that won’t happen if it’s an emotional conversation.
With these tips in mind, a raise is on your horizon in 2020. Make sure to ask for feedback, help others and then make a case to your supervisor about why you deserve a raise.
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