Be Ready to Negotiate
If your boss doesnt agree to your suggested pay increase,
you should negotiate.
Before you go into your meeting, know what youre willing
to give up and whats critical for your long-term happiness
at the company. Consider things like other benefits
(time off, stock options, etc.), and calculate how much these
benefits are worth to you.
Be prepared to be told no one in the company gets more
than our standard increase of X. In response, you should
ask, What provisions are being made for exceptional
employees? Make your supervisor justify her position--she
just might be flexible and say, Ill see what I
can do. One acceptable solution might be to give you
another merit increase sooner than is typically scheduled--say,
in six months instead of one year.
If your boss tells you her hands are tied, and she cant
possibly give you what youre asking--or any additional
benefits--you have a choice to make. If you know your skills
are worth more on the open market, maybe its time to
shop around and look for another
job. But if youre otherwise happy in your position
and have the opportunity for advancement, you may want to
stick it out. Salary policies may change down the road, and
in the meantime, youre enjoying your work and learning
skills that will make you more marketable should you ever
decide to leave.