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Do You Deserve A Higher Salary?

In your working lives, the correlation between the effort that you put in and the financial rewards that you receive at the end of each month is often a delicate balance but one that deserves attention. If you find that you often go above and beyond the call of duty for your particular role then you may find that it is time to assess if the salary that you are currently on aligns with your professional output.
Written by
Joanna Clare
Content Manager
Published on
June 3, 2024

In your working lives, the correlation between the effort that you put in and the financial rewards that you receive at the end of each month is often a delicate balance but one that deserves attention. If you find that you often go above and beyond the call of duty for your particular role then you may find that it is time to assess if the salary that you are currently on aligns with your professional output.

It is crucial to objectively evaluate your personal workload and if it is the case that you are repeatedly taking on added responsibilities or if your tasks have increased significantly during the time that you have been fulfilling your role, then this is a clear indication that your professional contribution has evolved along the way and this needs recognising. Acknowledging this expanded role is the first step in clarifying why you probably deserve a higher salary.

Additionally, you must consider the impact that your overall efforts have had on the continued success of the company. Ask yourself if it is because of your initiatives that have led to increased efficiency, improved outcomes or cost savings. Quantifying your contributions will provide clear evidence of your value which ultimately strengthens your case when you ask for a higher salary.

It is imperative to stay informed about industry standards and salaries for similar roles. Research and compare positions in the nearby areas as this can help you gauge whether your current salary aligns with these. Obviously if you discover that your salary is somewhat behind industry standards, it becomes a compelling issue when discussing a pay rise.

Always focus on your achievements and the positive outcomes that your hard work and dedication brings about within the company. Clearly articulate how your continuous efforts have had a positive impact on the organisation you work for and make it clear that an increased salary would reflect this and would recognise your value. Advocating for a higher salary for yourself is an investment in your future contributions as those employees who feel valued and appreciated are far more likely to remain in a role than those who are not.Demonstrating that you feel undervalued and seek a fair salary sets the stage for a more motivated and satisfied employee which ultimately benefits both employer and employee for future endeavours.

Recognising your own worth and advocating for a better salary which aligns with your contributions, is not only a testament to your self awareness but is a strategic move to ensure that your salary aligns with your efforts and the value you bring to the job.

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