If you want to get ahead at work then you must be willing to prove to your boss that you deserve a raise. The best way to get a raise is to show your boss you respect your job! Follow these common sense tips that many people take for granted and you will soon be cashing a larger paycheck!
BE ON TIME! There is nothing that screams “I hate my job” louder than arriving late for work. Strive to always be on time. Better yet, get there early so you can relax a bit before you start your day. And never, EVER go to work with wet hair! If you slept late skip the shower and just wash your face and get out the door!
DRESS TO IMPRESS! Look professional no matter what your job is. Even if you are behind the scenes and no one see you that’s no excuse to look like a slob. If money is tight and you can’t afford a fancy work wardrobe just stick to simple classics like dark slacks and a plain top. T-shirts with logos are a no no.
DON’T GOSSIP! There is nothing more annoying than someone who loves to gossip. Just don’t do it. And if others gossip tell them you are not interested in the conversation because it distracts you from your job. Your boss will love hearing that!
MAKE SUGGESTIONS! Approach your boss with helpful suggestions. Don’t act like a know-it-all but do offer simple suggestions that will help your company save money or boost employee participation. This will show your boss that you care about the company.
TAKE COURSES! Any new education you can put under your belt will help. You don’t have to take expensive college courses. Just taking evening courses at your local adult education center will show that you are keeping up with new computer technology or improving your writing skills, etc. The more valuable you become the more likely you will get ahead at work.
DON’T TATTLE! No one likes a tattle tale. Trying to get ahead by putting others down is not the way to do it. But if there is something bothering you it’s a good idea to go to the boss to discuss it. Just don’t point fingers and approach the subject with tact.
DON’T MIX BUSINESS WITH PLEASURE! No matter how tempting it might be don’t get overly friendly with your co-workers while you are at work or even away from work. Keep your job separate from your personal life. And if you attend an office party DON’T DRINK! Stay sober, always!
ASK FOR A RAISE! You’d be surprised at how many people never ask for a raise. The trick is to ask before you really want the raise. Tell your boss you would like a raise in 6 months and ask what you can do to achieve that goal. Then take your bosses advice and run with it! And in 6 months if you have done all that is asked of you there is no way your boss can turn you down!