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How Do You Correctly Ask For a Salary Increase?

A good working atmosphere, an interest in the tasks to be performed and the working conditions are criteria that contribute to well-being. Salary is also a criterion to take into account. Most often, its increase is requested by the employee, it is rarely the employer who grants it himself. In which cases and when can an increase be requested? How to best prepare your request?

In which cases is the request for an increase justified?

Is your request for an increase justified? Do you think you deserve this increase? The request must be honest and reasonable. Here are some arguments that may justify a salary increase:

  • Exceeding annual targets
  • Bringing new customers to the company
  • Effective Ways Found To Reduce Expenses
  • Satisfied and more loyal customers thanks to your work
  • Solving problems that have gone unresolved for a long time
  • Risk taking, useful initiatives for the company
  • Idea that helped improve the functioning of your service / business
  • New responsibilities
  • Organization of an event that fostered team spirit
  • Salary below the industry average
  • New job in the company
  • New skills acquired beneficial to the service / company
  • You are a support for your manager
  • Involvement for the company
  • Work overload
  • Effective awareness of colleagues about certain issues (security for example)

When to ask for a raise?

The increase policy is not the same for all companies. It is therefore necessary to make sure to inquire about it. The request for a salary increase can be made at different times:

  • From one year of seniority preferably
  • During his individual interview
  • During an interview requested by the employee
  • On the occasion of a new job
  • When accepting new responsibilities
  • After qualifying vocational training

What should I avoid?

When making a request for a salary increase, it is best not to:

    • Blackmail (ex: if I do not have a raise I leave the company, I will find better elsewhere)
    • Compare yourself to others
    • Negotiate while being negative
    • Donate an amount without authorizing negotiation
    • Highlight your personal problems
    • Apply in case of conflict
    • Ask for a raise without having an argument
  • Request an immediate response

Inviting Your Boss to Dinner: Good or Bad Idea?

Would you be ready to welcome your boss to your home for dinner? Some are used to it, others don’t really envision the situation. When is it a good idea to invite your boss ? If you decide to take the plunge, how to organize and welcome it?

Inviting your boss to dinner is a good idea

To assume

If you invite your boss over for dinner, your coworkers will surely know. So make sure you take it on. It is not necessary to give details about your evening.

Little time in the kitchen

The purpose of the evening is not to stay in the kitchen, but to have a good time with your boss (and possibly his family). If you don’t have anyone to help you, plan a meal that cooks quickly and easily. If you are accompanied, you can take turns so that everyone can enjoy the dinner.


Insofar as you need a professional and discreet chat, the invitation to dinner is justified.

Obtain informations

In a personal and relaxed setting, it is easier to make confidences, those that we would not do in the middle of the day in the offices. A dinner can be an opportunity to get useful information about the company and for your career.

Better not to invite your boss to dinner

Good professional relations

According to a 2012 CSA poll, 71% of French people think that it is possible to get along well with their boss without necessarily making friends. Just because the professional relationship with your chef is good, doesn’t mean you have to befriend him and invite him to dinner.

Weak agreement

If you hate, dislike, or dislike your boss, there’s no point in inviting them. It wouldn’t be sincere at all and you wouldn’t have anything to talk about.


If you invite your boss over for dinner and it is known at work, you risk getting the reputation of fayot, even if it was not your intention. If you have organized this party solely for the purpose of earning points, be aware that there are other ways to do it.

No common interests

A dinner often lasts several hours. Do you have common interests? Do you have enough to be able to chat all this time? Having a meal with one or more people without having a conversation is rather embarrassing. If, on the contrary, you have several points in common, that you practice the same activities for example: dinner can be a good idea.

Dependent children

If your children are old enough that they know how to sit at the table and look after themselves: no worries. If they still need to ask you often, are rowdy, or might wake up frequently, you would be with them more often than with your guests. This is not the goal. Having them looked after by a relative or a babysitter is recommended.