Raises – 4 Things Employers look for

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Nothing feels better than seeing a little extra doe hitting the bank accounts every two weeks. When and why does it happen sometimes seem like a mystery, but their really is a method to the madness. Here are some tips you can incorporate into your working life that may encourage a positive raised eyebrow from your employer.

  1. Think of the journey and not the goal. This mindset carries over to your daily actions. If you think of each task item as apart of the journey rather than just tunnel vision on the goal, you will be able to be more patient with yourself and others. Journeys often time comes with the good and the bad. Your attitude toowards both really matters in your employers eyes. Being prepared and actually expecting the good and the bad makes for a more aware employee.
  2. Do a little more. If you are doing the bare minimum, then you are getting paid for what you were hired at. When you were first hired, the salary you receive reflects your experience level. The longer you work, the more experience you acquire, the more tasks you are able to take on. Simply because new tasks become old and easy. If you want to get a raise, you must acquire new skills and pass on the old skills to someone new. Be worth the money you are being paid.
  3. Be dependable. Don’t just complete tasks that are asked of you. Be certain you are timely and responsive. This means being on top of emails and other forms of communication during work hours. If you need time to be heads down on work, let your management know that you will be slow to respond during that time.
  4. Be valuable. This is similar to number 2. Listed again because of it’s importance, really. You want to be an asset to your company, and you want to feel good about the money that they are paying you. It doesn’t make sense to get paid more while your output remains the same. The more skills you have, the less people may have those skills (supply) which makes demand go up (salary increase)

The list didn’t touch on work ethics or interpersonal relationships, but these things are also important. You either have a good work ethic or you don’t. If you don’t, work on it. It may come with time or the type of job you do. Where there is passion for work, there is naturally good work ethic at play as well.