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How to Ask for a Raise

Do you want a raise, yet are unsure about how to ask for it?

In this week’s video,  You’ll learn all these goodies:

  1. How to prepare for the conversation
  2. How to make it easier for your boss to say “yes”.
  3. What to do if your boss says “No”

As always the juiciest stuff is in the video below, but if you’re too pressed for time to watch the full 7 minute video, here’s a quick snapshot. 


Be clear on your goal.  The goal is not just to get the raise.  It is to make sure your boss is super clear on how you positively contribute tot the organization.   Ask yourself how you have significantly contributed positively to the company? 

Before you start jotting down your list of accomplishments, put yourself in your bosses shoes.  How do you make your request for a raise a valid one, from your boss’s POV?  The only way to answer this is to understand what your boss values and prioritizes.  Answering this question will help you frame up your request from a way that your boss can understand.

Now, you can step back into your own shoes.

Identify your contribution. What are the things you have specifically done to positively impact the business and/or overall company?  Remember to incorporate the accomplishments that match what your boss prioritizes and values. 

Research salary info.  Don’t make the common mistake of simply comparing your salary to the salaries of your peers.  Find out where you fall in your internal range of pay from your HR department (if  one exists) and look at external data from places like Glassdoor and

Be clear and upfront about your new salary expectations.  It maximizes the transparency of the discussion and shows your boss you’ve done your homework and know what you want.

Timing is key!  Make your request at a a time when you’re showing as your optimal self at work.  Maybe it’s on the heels of a really big win or accomplishment or increased responsibilities.  Give enough breathing room between your request and the accomplishments.  The raise is recognition for great achievements, not entitlement. 

If your Boss Says “No”

Resist the urge to have a highly negative and emotional response.  Instead, take this as an opportunity to show how mature you are by asking:  “What do I need to do differently (more of or less) to turn this ‘No’ into a “Yes”.  Whatever the feedback is, take action on it. 

Leave a comment on the video and if you like it, please share the video. You never know how you’ll empower someone to change the world with one simple video share.

The corporate world needs that unique gift that only you bring. So go out into the world, act with conviction, be courageous and live joyfully every single day.

XO, Adwoa

Adwoa Dadzie is a Vice President of Human Resources at Comcast and a Millennial Corporate Career Thought Leader.

The views expressed in this post are Adwoa’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.



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