Boss Didn’t Give a Raise- What to do?

 Boss Didn’t Give a Raise


It gets to a certain point in time, in a workplace that you feel you should move to the next level, get a larger pay because you believe that you deserve it. You believe that all the good work you have committed your time doing deserves a higher reward. This is a natural feeling we get at some point. Despite all your evident good work, you may still have to prove to your boss that you are a valuable asset to the company. Today’s topic- What to do when Boss Didn’t Give a Raise?

An increase in your pay clearly shows the appreciation your boss has for your good work and how much your valuable contribution has a hand in the success of the firm. I have listed a few reasons you have not gotten that pay raise yet and tips on how to fix that. Read on to find out! 

Reasons You Have Not Gotten That Pay Raise

  1. You have not raised the bar.

You may not have exhibited any outstanding characters that would lead to a promotion or a raise. Some may believe that after a job interview you do not have to prove that you are an excellent worker. If you want to be recognized and singled out as a good employee, you have to make calculated decisions and prove constantly that all the qualities that were listed in your resume are not a sham. Consistency is a key quality in a work environment with set goals and a hunger for progress and development. You should be able to show attributes that your employer will miss if you should choose to work up a resignation letter.

  1. Asking frequently for a raise. 

When you request for a raise too frequently till the point where it becomes unprofessional and embarrassing, it would backfire. You might be approaching it from the wrong angle. Although consistency has a reward, being too persistent at times may have some disadvantages as you could get frustrated for having to repeat the same requests without seeing a difference. In that state of frenzy and frustration, you may go ahead and present your complaint in an unprofessional manner which may lead to a suspension from your place of work or getting laid off altogether.

  1. Feeling too timid to request a pay raise.

Personalities do vary as we are not all the same and so your reaction in certain situations will be completely different from what my reaction would be in those same situations. You may feel too scared to pose the idea of a raise in your salary to your boss. Eventually, it will come to that time as most bosses would like for their employees to be confident enough to stand up for themselves in a very cool-headed, mature, and professional manner. For things to move along and take a good turn for you, you should summon some courage and go pitch that idea to your boss.

  1. It may be bad timing.

There might be an ongoing financial crisis that the firm is going through or a foreseen crisis by the financial team and are unknown to the employees to prevent an uproar or panic of getting laid off. Whatever information that the firm believes will cause even the slightest bit of chaos, they keep it within the board of trustees. You may have even been promised a raise by your boss for all your good work but as a result of the financial issues, it could be put on hold as budgets will start getting adjusted to prevent fallouts and even having to lay off some employees may occur as well.

What to do when denied a raise

  • Know when to ask for a raise: You should be familiar with the budget cycles in your workplace. Although, in some firms, some financial or even structural information that might cause the workplace to become disoriented or disorganized would be withheld from the employees as the company heads to deal with the problem. Knowing the cycles is very important and would give you an insight on when the best time is for you to make such requests.
  • Know how to pitch your request: Any interaction that includes your boss and colleagues in a higher position than you in your workplace should be handled with professionalism. Although frustration could inevitably set in after requesting a higher pay frequently and so despite that, you should be able to remain level-headed even if you are refused the request, you can go ahead and ask for what you could do better that would warrant a raise. If you are told “maybe” then, you could ask if you should repeat your idea at a different time.
  • Consider applying for other jobs: This would serve as a plan b. If you have seen that your requests for a raise or even a job promotion are not taking any effect, you could start applying for other jobs on your own. That might be a sign that it is time to move on to another job. You can decide to wait a bit longer to see if there is any change and if not, you can go for interviews and once you get an acceptance letter from the job you want, go ahead and send in that resignation letter!
  • Switch strategies: After requesting a raise, you may get turned down and in the case of that happening, you should be able to remain professional and without making it personal, you could request other benefits other than a financial one like a paid raise. You can request an adjustment in your schedule and a lengthier holiday.


Getting a raise at a particular point in your life could be very important to you. It may not be in the financial capacity of the firm you work at and so, that may be your sign to move on from that job if possible. Although, you could decide not to give up and keep pushing until you can get one. That all depends on what your financial situation looks like and if you would be able to afford a long wait. If you can, then go ahead and prove your worth to your boss. Good luck!

Boss Didn’t Give a Raise- What to do?

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