Staff in pay fear
Workers shy to seek raise
SALARIES are barely growing and workers are too scared to ask for a raise, with almost half afraid it could cost their job.
Research shows 50 per cent of workers had not received a pay increase in the past two years and 45 per cent thought asking for a pay rise could jeopardise job security.
But psychologist Sabina Read said those concerns were not typically valid.
“Initiating a salary-related conversation rarely correlates negatively with job security, as long as the topic is broached with sound preparation and factual information as opposed to emotional pleas,” she said.
She said too many people believed it was up to others to notice their behaviour or needs: “This faulty thinking can apply when asking for a hug from a partner to a raise in the workplace, and often our hesitation is fear-based – we don’t want to be rejected, so we keep our needs to ourselves.
“Leave the emotion at the door, and go for it. Even if the answer is no, you will have kick-started a useful and valid conversation rather than stewing in unproductive, passive resentment juices.”
Recruitment agency Adecco managing director Marianna Mood believed more guidance was needed on how to discuss salary with a manager.
“We often see candidates coming in for new positions with their main motivation being to increase their salary but often they haven’t had that conversation with their current manager,” she said.
“Leaving a position based on salary may not always be the best option.”
Workers should have the pay rise conversation after 12 months in a role.
But Career Development Association of Australia spokeswoman Rebecca Fraser recommended if the company could not afford more money, workers could instead ask for extra annual leave.
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