How to get a pay rise

If you are not in ethical sales.

  1. make yourself an indispensable member of the team;
  2. go the extra mile;
  3. start early;
  4. stay late;
  5. show initiative;
  6. don’t be FOMM (frightened of making a mistake);
  7. be an ambassador for the business;
  8. don’t take part in the well-poisoner’s gossip – walk away;
  9. be friendly but don’t need friends;
  10. light up the room when you walk in.

When you have completed the above list for a minimum period of 3-6 months, then, ask your boss for a conversation.

“Currently I am earning £x, I would like to earn £y by Z date.

Please map out for me exactly what you would like me to do differently to achieve that.”

Then listen. If your boss agrees a plan, execute the plan. If not, find a new boss.

How not to get a pay rise.

  1. BMW (bitch, moan and whine) about your wages;
  2. work to rule until you get a pay rise;
  3. tell people that you are not doing something “because it’s not my job” or “because they don’t pay me enough to do that.”
  4. partake in the gossip;
  5. try to make everyone your friend;
  6. ask for overtime;
  7. do exactly what it says on your job description and no more.

How to get a pay rise if you are in ethical sales.

  1. sell.

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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.