How and when to ask for a raise6 min read . Updated: 19 Oct 2014, 01:45 PM IST
Asking for a raisedeserved or not, timely or out of turnrequires finesse and a measured approach
The brouhaha in the past week about software company Microsoft chief executive officer Satya Nadella’s advice to female professionals on how (not) to ask for a raise, reminded me of a candidate’s botched attempt at securing a pay hike earlier this year. She marched into her supervisor’s office unannounced, declared that she wanted a raise and threatened to quit otherwise. Reasons: She hadn’t had a raise in 18 months, she had interest payments to make on her new car, her colleague was getting paid more than her and she had another offer. The meeting ended in an altercation with her irritated supervisor, and not surprisingly, she didn’t get the raise. She had little choice but to follow through on her threat to quit, and ended up in a new job that she didn’t particularly want.