Got a Raise But Not Happy About It

Dear Experts, Last week I was scheduled for a review with boss and she said I would be getting a raise. I had the review and it went really well. My boss was saying so many good things about me and thinks I have a great future with the company. I got the raise she promised me but it's a dollar more an hour! I'm really angry inside and don't know what to do next. I was expecting a higher raise. Here is how our T.A.P. experts answered this question:Q#241 Lots of factors: what was it as a %? $1 raise on $10 pay is a 10% increase! Also, $1 is ~2k/year! (@beneubanks) Q#241 What's context? Co growing? Laying off? why shd u get more? b gr8ful 4 raise, ask if more $ poss l8r. (@juliaerickson) Q#241 Think you deserve more? Prove it! You need solid stats to back up why you are worth every extra penny. (@jtodonnell) Q#241 Disappointed in your raise? May have been a lot relative to others. Clarify expectations w/boss. (@keppie_careers) Q#241 Look at the raise as a percentage of your total wage. 2-3% is inflationary, 5-10% would be decent. Negotiate from there. (@gradversity) Q#241 You've got to sell your value with cold hard facts demonstrating revenue/improvements you've generated. (@dawnbugni) Q#241 Cool off. sched a 2nd mtg. w/ boss. hilite achievements and ask 4 mid-yr. review w. incrs 4 achieving specific goals. (@DebraWheatman) Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the "Search" box in the right-hand column of this website.

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It's that golden moment, the one you always dream about. The moment your boss offers you a raise, and you didn't have to ask for it! It doesn't happen often unless you have something in your contract that stipulates your pay increases, or some other sort of mandated pay raise. However, for the majority, an impromptu raise is just a dream.

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