Get Ask a Boss delivered every week Get That Money is an exploration of the many ways we think about our finances - what we earn, what we have, and what we want. If you're like a lot of people, it's been quite a while since you've asked for a raise - or maybe you've never asked.
You shouldn’t ask to talk about your salary when your manager is especially harried or having a bad day or nervous about impending budget cuts.
On the other hand, if you’ve just saved the day with an important client or garnered rave reviews for a high-profile project, or if your boss hasseemed particularly pleased with you lately, now might be a particularly good time to make the request.
If you believe that you should be paid more for your work and want to do something about it, you have two choices: find a new, higher paying job or ask for raise. Both of these choices can introduce new anxieties, but they are each a gateway to new opportunities.
If you had asked 22-year-old me what my "career aspirations" were, I would have looked at you blankly and then casually changed the subject to what programs you'd recommend to model cute 3D bunnies for a video game, or whether the writers of would be so devious as to ship Sydney Bristow and Sark.
A good manager’s job is to help you and the rest of your team get better results. So it would be logical that she should be invested in your career. When you do better, then by extension, she does better.
Hence, your manager should be on your side, who wants you to succeed, and who is willing to spend a good deal of time and energy to help you do that.