As the end of the year approaches, maybe you’re starting to brainstorm a list of resolutions. Often, our goals this time of year focus on changing our routines, whether it’s getting to the gym more frequently or getting to bed earlier (and most of the time, we succeed for the first few weeks in January, and then revert back to old habits). If you want to focus on something more concrete - and on something that has the potential to benefit you well beyond the first month of the year - it’s a good time to think about negotiating your salary, especially if your company does year-end reviews.
It’s easier said than done, but asking for a raise is worth it, particularly if you feel like you’ve taken on new responsibilities without being compensated or recognized. In addition to the immediate and obvious financial upsides, earning more will up your sense of self-worth, which in turn can better your productivity and motivation. So muster up some courage, and if you follow these tips, you’ll be more confident when you advocate for yourself.
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