Here are 5 ways to do it:
1. Get a clear understanding of why you are there.
If you have a clear understanding of the value you bring in your current position the more enjoyable it can be. Rather than saying “I’m a Social Worker” why not re-frame it in your mind to say “I help underprivileged people that live in extreme poverty to access resources and alleviate their stress by assisting them with services and benefits.”
In the business world, this is called an elevator pitch. This connection with what you do is very powerful in any situation. Getting clear on what you do can help you in networking and possibly lead to new jobs. It engages conversations where you can discuss your skills, passions, strengths, talents, etc.
2. Work unto the Lord- not man.
Serving your employer with a positive attitude can lead to great opportunities and promotions. If you have a chip on your shoulder and speak negatively about your employer then you will likely not get a raise or a promotion. This is especially beneficial if you do not like your job or supervisor. If you are asked to do a task you resent (as long as it is ethical and legal) you should do it with a positive attitude as if Jesus Himself asked you to do it for Him. As a matter of fact, He did.
3. Serve Your Colleagues and Team.
If you get your work done early do you offer a burnt out colleague your help, or do you go home early? Offering to assist a colleague get their work done (after you finished your own work of course) will help you to build strong relationships at work. You will gain high respect of your colleagues.
Just like negativity spreads like a wildfire in the workplace- so does praise. When I started doing this, people came to me and asked questions and assistance on trouble cases. I was asked to do trainings and started to be respected as an authority and leader- even without the official title. This gets noticed by upper management and you will be a person to watch. This will give you a strong case to ask for a raise and be considered for a promotion.
4. Find out what is important to your supervisor- and do it.
What is important to us is not necessarily important to your supervisor. Ask your supervisor what it a priority to them. What are they working on? Ask if you could help support them. Your supervisor is the one who advocates for or against you getting a promotion or raise. When you support them in what is priority to them- this of course works in your favor.
5. Take advantage of your weekly/monthly/etc. supervisory meetings.
With more companies having remote working environments, your supervisor may not get to see you at work on a daily basis. Take advantage of those supervisory meetings to ask how you can improve your performance. Show that you care about the companies growth and that you want to be the best employee to the company. Asking how you can improve your performance shows that you care. Once again, this works in your favor to be someone who is thought of for a promotion or a raise. Take notes of your conversations and start documenting your increase performance. When it comes time for that annual performance review you will have a clear outline of all the progress you made and value you brought. You just built yourself a very strong case to get that $10,000 plus raise. Even if they say your eligible for that cost of living increase- you can negotiate that. Click here to learn more on how to negotiate.
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