4 Mistakes That Make Your Boss Cringe When Asking for a Raise

Sophie Miura

Let's get one thing straight: Women in Australia are paid 15.3 percent less than  men receive and while asking for a raise is intimidating, it's absolutely essential we do it. Fearlessly. Often. Without self-doubt. That said, there are a number of factors that can hinder your chance of success so it's crucial to address them before you knock on your manager's door to have the chat. 

"If you’re asking for a raise, you have to think a lot about your manager," says Romy Newman, president and co-founder of Fairygodboss, in an article on LinkedIn. "The reality is that, in most corporate situations, your manager will need to go out on a limb in order to get you that raise. As a manager, I wish that was something I wish more people—women and men alike—understood."

Ahead, we went through four common mistakes with Newman for insight into how managers perceive negotiations. Repeat after us: this is exactly what not to say when asking for a raise. 

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