It’s always great to get a pay raise, but to get one before Christmas is ideal. The expense of the festive period seems to be greater with every year, so a pay raise to cover those extra Christmas indulgences would come in very useful indeed. Here are five ways to get a pay raise before Christmas.
REMIND YOUR BOSS OF YOUR PERFORMANCE THIS YEAR
The end of the year means that CEOs, directors and other company bigwigs are thinking about how their business is being run and how they could improve efficiency in 2015. They’ll want to separate the wheat from the fluff, promote those who have performed well and dismiss those who aren’t putting 100% into the company. You’ll want to subtly remind him of the good work you’ve put in during the year, and put yourself in contention for promotion.
PUT IN MORE HOURS AND EFFORT
As promotions and pay raises are considered, you’ll want to show that you’re prepared to muck in when things get busy. Christmas is a busy social time of year and few people are prepared to work late and many tend to slack off. By showing that you’re the exception to the rule, you’ll catch your bosses eye and put yourself in contention for that Christmas bonus.
BE AN EXAMPLE OF THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT
You are competing with co-workers for that promotion/pay rise/bonus during the lead-up to Christmas and you need to show that you’re not just a good worker and an intelligent fellow – but also an all-round good egg. If you’re the one belting out karaoke at the office party, or organizing secret santa, you’ll likely be the one to get the pay rise – rather than those who aren’t displaying seasonal cheer.
ASK FOR A PAY RAISE
If you don’t ask you don’t get, so why not directly approach your seniors and ask for a pay raise. You’ll have to give reasons for the pay raise, citing performance, age and time at the company. It may not always work, but sometimes being very direct is the only way to get to the result you seek.
WRITE A REPORT ON COMPANY/SECTION DIRECTION
By writing a report on the progress of your section or your company, you demonstrate initiative and show the directors that you are a leader – rather than a follower. Writing a report, or requesting to write a report shows that you take an interest in the company beyond the monthly paycheck and will result in you being earmarked and identified for promotion, and therefore a pay raise.