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If You Need to Ask for a Raise You Deserve, Probably You’ve Made This Mistake

If You Need to Ask for a Raise You Deserve, Probably You’ve Made This Mistake

So you put in those long hours, excelled at many projects and earned far more than your keep at the company you work for. Understandably, you now expect the company to reward you for your efforts with a promotion and a long-due raise. And when the company doesn’t really rise up to occasion as we expect it to, many of us lose patience and begin to think of ways as to how to ask for a raise. The only problem being, you really shouldn’t!

Asking for a Raise Is Difficult Because Your Boss Doesn’t Share the Same View With You

We all tend to think highly of ourselves as employees – and feel that we give a lot more than we get in the professional environment we spend half of our lives in. On the flipside, our bosses may feel that we are lacking in some essential quality and even if we work hard at our desk, the company might feel that our current salary justifies the hours we put in.

So the core problem lies in the perception of our work and that of the company’s view of our work. Frankly, if you need to ask for a raise, you are either not as much of a star performer as you thought you were or the company thinks you are lacking in an essential skill.

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Payscale did a recent study and the odds seem to stand against you, even if you know how to ask for a raise. Some 30,000 workers were surveyed and 43% reported that they had indeed asked for a raise but only 44% of them actually got what they had asked for, while 25% did not get a raise at all. 57% did not ask for a raise at all, though 38% of them got one without asking for it.[1]

Being Too Modest Will Make Your Contribution Unseen

Frankly, while the economy is starting to look up – the raises haven’t exactly started to flow out till now. Since the percentage of people asking for raises and actually getting them is not particularly bright, it’s time to concentrate on how to get the company to value you enough to automatically give you a raise – without ever having to think about how to ask for a raise![2]

Remember that being modest does not work in the workplace – if your company does not realize your value, you have to work towards making them see all that you have done and achieved for them, and what more you can do for them as well.[3] Try and work towards the company giving you a raise by itself, rather than you having to ask and negotiate for one… Here are some tricks and tips.[4]

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How to Make Sure You Don’t Have to Ask for a Raise But You Still Get What You Deserve

If You Have Been Appreciated, Ask People to Speak Up on Your Behalf

If you are an awesome worker with a mile-long success list; chances are that your colleagues, counterparts or clients appreciate your work. The next time someone shows you their appreciation, as them to put it in writing to your immediate senior. This way, your boss will always know that you are a star performer.

Reclaim Your Territory Without a War

There might be times when people (read colleagues) take your ideas and turn them into their own, especially in front of the boss. Don’t claim the idea for your own for that will not help your case – instead, present more data and all the research that your colleague wasn’t able to steal from you and turn the spotlight back on you, cleverly.

Make Sure You Are Put in the Spotlight

The next time you are given an opportunity to present in front of the manager or the big boss, research your points as well as you can and try your best to make an impression. Go well-informed and armed with all the answers beforehand – shine in the time you have, the boss shall remember you in good grace, as will the head honchos.

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Word Your Achievements Right

The next time your immediate supervisor wants to know how you spent your week, don’t just list out what you did. Word it differently, to show how you worked for the company’s benefit, and what you have to show for it. For instance, if you reached out to 15 of your clients with a fresh offer – talk about how the clients are responding to it instead of just talking about your e-mail.

Keep Your Boss Updated

Send your boss a weekly or fortnightly mail on what you have achieved or plan to for the next few workdays. Along with letting your boss know that you are working to make the company a more successful one, it also establishes a work record and accomplishment of yours.

Be an Informed Employee

Beyond the necessary skills you need to do your job, make it a point to be better informed about your company’s brands, competitors and all things on the anvil. This will make you a person better equipped to speak up in discussions, talks and meetings and make sure the spotlight is often on you. Anticipate your boss’s needs and questions too – and instead of fumbling for an answer, be ready with answers and if you can, pre-empt the questions as well… So don’t just research on how to ask for a raise, research about the company before.

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Own Up to Your Mistakes

Most workers try to cover up their mistakes, afraid of the repercussions of the same. Stand apart from the crowd – if you know that you have made a mistake, own up to it in front of your boss and also let him or her know the solution that you have worked out to even things over. Ask for any further advice. You may get a cold shoulder for a bit, but your boss will remember that you are an accountable and responsible employee.

Be Proactive in Work and Training

Don’t ask your boss for work or training. Create your opportunities for your work to shine – and join up on some online courses in your free time to further your talent. Just make sure that you casually mention it to your boss if your work didn’t speak up for you…

Make Good Intra & Inter-Departmental Relationships

Being good at work is good but being a team player is even better. All companies appreciate a good worker all the more if he or she is able to successfully cultivate and maintain human relationships within the company and even outside – be it with clients or sister concerns. A smile and a cheerful tone of voice get things done much faster and far more smoothly.

Be Calm & Keep Working

All bosses appreciate a calm and unruffled employee who can truly weather a storm – be it work, a personal crisis, or even just a general instability of the workplace. Let your work talk for you always – and keep your mind and eye on the goal ahead, instead of getting distracted by the various disturbances around. Be the first to chip in, offer an out-of-the-box solution or even those extra man hours if needed. Instead of wondering how to ask for a raise, put your nose to the grinder with a cheerful attitude and come up with innovative solutions every now and then.

Follow these steps long and well enough, and there won’t be a company who wouldn’t automatically give you a good raise for they would want to retain a hard-working, smart-thinking and non-complaining employee like you – who truly knows how to turn things around in his or her favor! That said; if you still end up wondering how to ask for a raise, remember three things: build your case, research pay scales and then research your pitch to smoothly ask for what you deserve.[5]

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Published on February 12, 2019

10 Ways to Improve Team Management Skills and Boost Performance

10 Ways to Improve Team Management Skills and Boost Performance

I have spent the majority of my life as an entrepreneur, as did my father, grandfather and great-grandfather. It just seemed to be something in our genes that made us want to stretch out our wings and do our own thing.

But a few years ago, I sold my businesses and got tired of the golf 5 days a week. Not to mention that health insurance as well as other costs where going up and my income wasn’t. So I decided to take a job as a manager with a fortune 500 company. Here I would get income, benefits and a taste of corporate life that I had never experienced.

I lasted two months! In my opinion, the management style hurt productivity much more than it helped. As a manager, I was expected to rule my team with an iron fist. It was literally in their handbook that no matter how good an employee was, there was no such thing as a perfect employee so I was to address the most minor issues with the best employees. This never helped team cohesiveness and frankly created resentment between management and employee.

So after two months, I walked into the bosses office and said that I was not fit for the corporate culture at this company. Despite never telling me I had done a good job, he started offering me incentives to stay, more pay, a better position etc… But I knew that this was the companies culture from the beginning and it wasn’t going to change, so I politely declined and started my own affiliate marketing business.

Now over the years I have owned and operated many different types of businesses with the number of employees ranging from 1 (me), to over 400 and plenty in-between, I have tried many different management styles and while depending on the business and who your employees are, some management styles worked better than others. But generally, I have found ten relatively simple ways to improve team management skills and boost productivity.

I have found that if you’re an owner, high level executive or just a manager of a single team of people these ten tips can boost productivity in almost every situation:

1. Be Clear About Your Goals and Write Them Down

Now this part in particular needs to be written by the owner or CEO, as the lower level managers will take those goals and apply them to their own teams of people.

Note that this doesn’t mean writing down “We are going to make widgets and become the most profitable widget maker in the world.” Anyone could come up with that. Your goals must be clear and attainable and have ways to measure progress. A much clearer goal would be to increase profits by 10% in a year. You can then have specific goals for the managers of different departments.

For example the goal for the marketing manager may be to find new and more efficient ways of marketing so that your marketing efforts reach 5% more customers with the same budget. The production manager may have some good ideas about streamlining production to increase productivity. A goal for the sales manager maybe to break into a new or untapped market.

The important thing is that your overall goals are clear, all of your managers are on board and know what is expected of them and that you continuously monitor each departments progress. This process should be repeated by your managers to their team members.

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2. Come up with Objectives

Now this may sound the same a coming up with goals, but it’s not.

Goals can be thought of as the end result, where you want to be. Objectives are the steps you must take to reach the goals. Take a look at this article to know their differences:

Goals vs Objectives: How to Use Them to Become Successful in Life?

For example. a goal might be to increase customer satisfaction and the objectives to getting there might include faster shipping times, easier returns and improvements in customer service etc.

4. Hire Competent People, Then Get out of Their Way

As a manager, your boss or senior executive should have gone over the companies goals so that you have a good understanding of where the company wants to be. A good manager should set out clear goals for the department with reasonable, attainable and measurable goals. You can then take the goals that have been set for your department and give them to each employee according to their skill level.

Now you may have noticed the second part of the tip was to “get out of their way.” This is only if you hired the people who have the correct skills. Part of your job as a manager is to check on and measure progress of your employees. If you are finding someone who just can’t seem to keep up, try setting them up with a mentor, or even beak down their job responsibilities so they don’t seem overwhelming.

But the bottom line is that you have a responsibility to the company to get your part of the overall mission finished on time and done well, otherwise it reflex on you as a manager. While no one likes it, termination maybe the only solution.

5. Have Regular Meetings with Your Staff

Problems, issues and bottlenecks will inevitably arise in any organization. Part of your job as a manager is to identify the issues and correct them before they become problems.

Having regular productive meetings with your staff is key to identifying problems before they get out of control.

Let’s just say that your employees are having a hard time shipping items on time because they can’t get them from the warehouse soon enough. This is where you earn your money!

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What you don’t want is people from the shipping department calling up the warehouse and it turning into a screaming match. It’s time for a meeting with the warehouse manager. Perhaps the issue is that they aren’t getting reliable predictions about the number of units being sold each month. Now we have identified the problem, a lack of communication between sales and warehouse.

Almost all issues arise because of a lack (or problem with) communication. A good manager will be the go between for the team and the managers of the other teams. As long as cool heads prevail, you can almost always come up with a solution that satisfies everyone.

6. Use the “Sandwich” Method When Dealing with Problems That Arise from Otherwise Good Employees

Everyone makes mistakes, some are small and can be dealt with a memo to the team or a quick word with the offending employee. However, an otherwise excellent employee can make a major mistake that can cause a serious disruption to your units responsibility. These types of problems need to be addressed by you, the manager.

As long as this is a one time occurrence and the employee has not had issues in the past. The sandwich approach is the the best.

Start by explaining that the employee is valuable to the organization and that their work has generally been a positive influence in the company.

Next address the problem that occurred and what steps could be taken to avoid simular problem in the future.

Close the conversation by reiterating the value the employee has to the company and reinforce the steps that will be taken to avoid the problem again.

7. Always Remember That Examples Work Better Than Positive Reinforcement or Negative Reinforcement

The carrot and the stick has always been a resource for managing employees. You can use the carrot to entice your employees to do what you want, or you can use the stick to punish the employees for not doing what was expected of them. Or you can be an example of whats expected of them.[1]

As I said before, everyone screws up, including you. When you do screw up, take responsibility for it!

Part of your job as a manager is to be an example to those you manage. Be open about your mistakes and the steps you are taking to avoid doing the same thing in the future. After all, you can’t expect your employees to admit mistakes if you’re not the example.

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There should be a process in place for when things like this happens. Acknowledge the problem, analyze the root cause of the problem, implement procedures to avoid reoccurrence of the mistake, evaluate the solution you’ve come up with and, if it works, move on.

8. Be Smart About Building Your Team

As a manager, you have to deal with a lot of different situations, people and personalities. You also are going to be given new and sometimes more responsibilities, including things like budgeting, forecasts, presentations and payroll. So think seriously about your own strengths and weaknesses so you can hire accordingly.

You want people who will complement your strengths and help you with your weaknesses. There’s an old saying that you should “hire slow and fire quickly “.[2] It’s a good thing to keep in mind, take your time to find the right person for the job.

Once you have trained them and given them all the tools for the job, then you can evaluate them. If for whatever reason they aren’t living up to expectations (that you were clear about!) Then, it might be best to terminate them quickly and search for a new person.

I see so many situations where a person is hired for a job that they aren’t qualified for or just can’t do a good job at and they stay there year after year. Keeping the wrong people will hurt your team, inspire resentment with the other team members and you’ll spend a lot more time babysitting instead of focusing on more important things.

This actually goes back to taking responsibility for your mistakes. You’ve identified the mistake of hiring the wrong person, so solve it quickly, rectify it by hiring the right person and move on.

9. Maintain a Positive Attitude and Promote It Within Your Team

We’ve all had that grumpy boss or coworker who never seemed to care much. Did you respect and look up to them? Of course not, people are naturally attracted to others who have an upbeat positive attitude.

Having a positive attitude will make your job as a manager so much easier just because people are much more likely to follow you.

As for your team, encourage team building activities. We know that not everyone will like or even get along with everyone else. So use team building exercises as a way to make sure that your team stays goal orientated.

10. Don’t Forget to Use Positive Reinforcement

Often, we get too caught up in what we are doing. After all, as managers, we are usually juggling several different issues, problems and deadlines all at once, that we forget to just say “thank you”.

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Don’t have the attitude that your employees are just doing their jobs. That project deadline that got pushed up, the unexpected project that got dropped on your teams lap make everyone’s life harder. Especially yours, you now have one more ball to juggle.

So when that project gets done on time or you made the new deadline, don’t forget to show gratitude to your team who were the ones that really made it possible. Yes, you still have 4 balls juggling in the air, but just like having a positive attitude makes you a more effective leader.

Positive reinforcement strengthens that manager employee relationship.[3] It can take many different forms, and will vary by company, some may allow an extra day of PTO, gift cards, public recognition or just a private acknowledgement from you the boss, whatever form it takes it’s important that their achievements are appreciated.

The Bottom Line

Managers have multiple responsibilities and jobs to preform, and I can guarantee that one of the most important tasks of management is to utilize all the company’s assets in the most efficient and productive way possible.

If you manage employees, then they represent a large company asset that you have an obligation to run as productively as possible.

By giving your employees the proper training up-front and practicing good communication techniques, you can minimize the time you spend fixing mistakes and focus on delivering on-time projects and new business. This can mean a huge increase in productivity at minimal costs.

I don’t know any boss that wouldn’t like to see a boost in performance that takes little to no investment. So set yourself up for success with these 10 tips to improve team management skills and boost performance.

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